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Rabbi Yosef Moshe Aaronsohn (Gadskinck)

February 18th, 2009 · 10 Comments

Rabbi Yosef Moshe Aaronsohn (Gadskinck)

יוסף משה ב"ר אהרן

East Broadway Maggid, New York City and Chicago, Illinois

Date of Death: Fri. September 24, 1875 - Elul 25 5635

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Phone: 02-627-5050


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Directions to Kever: It is assumed that the Rav Aaronsohn was buried somewhere in or near Chicago, as that's where he died. Please help us find his kever, any information is appreciated. His wife, Rebbetzin Leba who moved to Israel (then Palestine) after the Rav's passing is buried on Har Hazesim.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Mystery !!!!!!!

Biographical Notes:


Bio Information:
Rav Aaronsohn was born in 1805 and served as a maggid (preacher) in several Eastern European towns among them Mir before arriving in New York in 1860. The Rav arrived on these shores form Liverpool, England on September 19, 1861 aboard the Kangaroo Steamship as “Moses Gadskinck”. In 1864 he was appointed rabbi of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in New York City. He eventually settled in Chicago where he passed away on September 24, 1875 (not on August 25 of that year). Among the Rav’s printed seforim is Pardes ha-Chochma, Pardes ha-Bina, and Mattei Moshe. Of the Rabbi’s known relatives was his wife Libbie, who moved to Jerusalem and is buried at the Mount of Olives Cemetery. His daughter Sarah (d. April 1905) lived in New York City and was married to Raphael Leib Mandelbaum (d. April 1897). Both are interred at Bayside along Pitkin Avenue in Queens. They had a son named Isaac, who is mentioned in the Rav’s will.  The Rav’s oldest son Aaron Ben Tzion Bentson lived in Marion, Indiana. Another son David S. Benson (d. 1833), a carriage trimmer who lived in Indianapolis is buried at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Cemetery South. One, Michael (M.S.) Benson was married to Esther (interment: Springdale Cemetery, Madison, Indiana) they had two children Joseph M and Dora.

Credit: Orthodox Judaism in America, Moshe D Sherman

Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives OF NOTE: Rav Aaronsohn was also known as Rav Moshe Salanter. 

Photo Caption: Inauguration of Rav Aaronsohn to the shul at 78 Allen Street, Source: The Jewish Messenger  September 26 1861

Photo Caption: Announcing that Rav Aaronsohn will deliver a eulogy for the Late Rav Avroham Rice of Balitome

Photo Caption: Death notice of Rav Aaronsohn in Chicago, Credit: The Jewish Messenger

Photo Caption: Announcing the sale of the (late) Rabbi’s library in New York City, Credit: Needed

Photo Caption: The Rav’s grandson (along with other family members) buried at Springdale Cemetery in Madison, Indiana.

Photo Caption: Marker of  Rav  Yosef Moshe’s daughter-in-law and granddaughter (Thema Tova and Chai Sarah) at the Jewish Bryner Cemetery located at 1915 Wilson Avenue in Madison, Indiana (there are all of 22 interments at the cemetery), Credit: Quietude

Photo Caption: Other family members interred at Kelly Street Historic Jewish Cemeteries in Indianapolis, Indiana. Credit: Ashley Dworsky and Rabbi Joseph Schanowitz of Chicago


Credit: NEEDED!!!!

Credit: NEEDED!!!!

Credit: Kever of Rebbetzin Leba Aaronsohn (wife of Rav Yosef Moshe) on Har Hazesim, Credit: MCA

Credit: Text of the marker

Tags: Illinois · Indiana · Israel · Mystery

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 T Rubin // Mar 9, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Do you know if the Rav had a shule in Chicago?

  • 2 Rabbi J Silver // Mar 12, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I don?t think so.

  • 3 Farshlufen // Jul 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    His full name was Rav Yosef Mosh aaronsohn.

    His sefer Matey moshe/

  • 4 YD Miller // Jul 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

    The sefer Matai Moshe was printed in Israel after his death, in the preface is is mentioned that he only went to Chicago (סאגאגא) on his way to Israel which never developed since he was niftar there in 25 Elul 5635 (Baruch, check the date).

    Three of his children are mentioned there:
    1) Ahron Bentzion
    2) Schmuel Michel
    3) Tov (?)

    His other two seforim; Pardes Hachuchma and Pardes Habina are also on Hebrew Books, one was printed 5596 and the other one 5602, both prior to his coming to the US.

    It appears that the name Ahronson was adopted in the US being the son of Ahron, as it was somewhat a custom back then (farshlufen, where does the name Yosef appear?)

  • 5 YD Miller // Jul 22, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Full Bio:

  • 6 Farshlufen // Jul 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

    YD, see here:

  • 7 YD Miller // Jul 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

    You are right Farshlufen.

    The entire Sefer Matai Moshe is very intresting, it is the first Sefer written in the US to be printed in Israel, the first part is Derushim and the second half includes letters and responsa.

    Rav Ahronson is known for his disputes with Rav Asch and Reb Yehuda Mittelman on Schechita matters, he has letters from European Gedolim such as R’ SR Hirsch of Franfurt and RS Kluger of Brody as well as the Jeruslem Bes Din, to his side.

    On page 142 (on hebrew books) he lists the names of those Rabbionim and mentions that the letters are available by his son Shmuel Yechiel who resides in Madison, Indiana by the name S. Ch. Benson.

    Page 154; a response to the Kehila in Baltimore MD about a Sefer Torah that RCH”L fell down.

    P. 164; an open letter about the Gittin situation in the US, very interesting.

    P. 182; writing properly the name of New York City in a Get, it also is mentioned there that he came to the US for Sukkos of 5622-1862

  • 8 YD Miller // Dec 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Some information printed in Hamagid 1864:
    His father was known as Reb Ahron Salanter, Reb Moshe served as rav in a few Polish villages prior to his coming to the US.

  • 9 YD Miller // Jul 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I found that his wife Liba did make it up to EY, where she passed away and wad was buried on the Har Hazeisim, here is a link to the Nusach on her Matzeive:

  • 10 A.D.Zacks // Jun 12, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Its possible the matzeivah was vandalized and destroyed. Apparently there are no records available for 1/4 of the matzeivos for Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery (Jewish Graceland Cemetery) . Tho is the oldest Jewish cemetery in Chicago.

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