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Rabbi Moshe Stern

January 8th, 2009 · 17 Comments

Rabbi Moshe Stren

משה ב"ר אברהם

Chief Rabbi, Debrecen, Hungary

Date of Death: Tue. August 5, 1997 - Av 2 5757

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Cemetery Details
1098 Woodbridge Center Drive
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
United States

Phone: (732) 634-2100
Fax: (732) 634-9386


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Also, know as Woodbridge Memorial Gardens located along US Highway 1 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Gate hours are officially 8:30 – 4:30 but will remain open until sunset (6:30 during the summer). In addition, Beth Israel maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request.

Directions to Kever: Beth Israel Cemetery, also, know as Woodbridge Memorial Gardens located along US Highway 1 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. Gate hours are officially 8:30 – 4:30 but will remain open until sunset (6:30 during the summer). In addition, Beth Israel maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Section: Debrecen, located close to the back entrance of the cemetery.

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rav Moshe Stern (seated), Credit: Joel Rosenfeld

Credit: IFJCAH

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 eretzhagar // May 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    R’ Moshe Stern was a son of R’ Avraham Stern, the Dayan of Ersekujvar (Nove Zamky, Nayhausel).
    His father-in-law R’ Mordche Nisen hakohen Strasser, was a son of the Debrecen Rav R’ Shlomo Zvi Strasser, a descendant of the Chatam Sofer.
    Before 1944, R’ Moshe served as Dayan of Debrecen. In 1945, he was elected to Rav.
    His brother R’ Mordche Stern, was son-in-law of the Kassa (Kasho) Rav R’ Shaul Brach.

  • 2 Cheskel // May 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    ארץ הגר, יקירי.

    אתה יכול לכתוב כאן גם כן בלשה”ק.

    אגב, את אחיו רבי בצלאל שהיה בסוף ימיו בווינא, לא מנית.

  • 3 eretzhagar // May 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    would you tell in English?

  • 4 Cheskel // May 30, 2010 at 4:39 am

    If you can’t read Hebrew,
    who told that some one wrote any thing to you ?

  • 5 eretzhagar // May 30, 2010 at 5:16 am

    To answer it, is much more dificult to me, than understand English instead of Hebrew.

  • 6 Cheskel // May 30, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Bottom line, You didn’t mention his brother R’ Betsalel.

  • 7 anonymous // Jul 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Rav Moshe Stern, the Debrecziner Rav, author of Be’er Moshe (1914-1997). Born in Neuhaizal, Slovakia, on Hoshana Rabah, his father, Rav Avraham, was the Rav of Neuhaizal, a historian and author of the sefarim, Gapei Eish on the Shas, Shulchan Eish and Melitzei Eish. After learning with his father and grandfather, Rav Moshe left Neuhaizal to study in Yeshivas Pressburg, headed by the Chasam Sofer’s great-grandson, Rav Akiva Sofer, the Daas Sofer. Rav Moshe married a daughter of Rav Mordechai Nissan HaKohen Strasser, a grandson of the Chasam Sofer. After his marriage, he moved to Debrecen, Hungary’s second largest city, where Jews had been barred from living until 1840. Debrecen had served as the capital of Hungary twice, once in 1849, and a second time, in 1944. In Debrecen, he was appointed a poseik and dayan. By 1941, 9,142 Jews lived in Debrecen and comprised about 7% of its population. After the war, about 4,640 Jews returned to Debrecen making it the largest Jewish community in the area. Rav Moshe restructured the kehillah. Together with the Admor of Erlau, he even founded a yeshivah in Budapest. In about 1950, Rav Moshe was invited to be the rav of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he stayed for a year. Soon afterwards, Rav Moshe moved to New York and established his ‘Kahal Yesodei HaTorah’ whose congregants were mostly immigrants from Hungary. In 1969, Rav Moshe began publishing his sefer of responsa, Be’er Moshe. Another of Rav Moshe’s sefarim is his “Kunterus Ha’Electric” where he discusses the dozens of shaylos involved with electricity, such as accepting testimony over the phone and setting up alarms to work on Shabbos.

  • 8 Mark schreiber // Feb 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    This information regarding Chatam Sofer being a Kohen is sketchy. Can anyone confirm or dispute the fact that the Sofer/Schreiber name is Kohanim? I have been unable to find any Schreibers or Sofers with HaCohen after their names

  • 9 Nachum Sherman // Feb 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I personally knew the Daas Sofer, Rabbi Akiva Sofer. He was the great grandson of the Chasam Sofer (ben achar ben) and he was not a Kohen. I remember that he ” was oleh shlishi” to the Torah. the Chasam Sofer’s rebbe, R’ Nosson Adler was a kohen!

  • 10 Yechiel // Mar 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Does anyone know whether R’ Moishe STERN was a descendant of R’ Gershon HaCohen STERN of Batorkezszi (very close to Ersekujvar)?
    R’Gershon STERN’s daughter Mirel (1775-1847) married Moshe Mordechai BENET (1775-1849)

  • 11 Eli Ben Uri // May 6, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Who said anything about the Sterns being kohanim? Rabii Stern’s father in law, Rabbi strasser was a kohen.

  • 12 HBS // Aug 5, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    This is going the way of broken telephone.
    Let’s set the record straight: Rav Moishe Stern was a SIL of Rabbi Mordche Nissen HAKOHEN Strasser (not Schreiber), who was a grandson (obviously not paternal) of the Chasam Sofer.
    Thus, both R’ Stern and the Chasam Sofer are not kohanim.

  • 13 M.kennedy // Aug 11, 2014 at 11:30 am


    reb mordchai nisen was a son of debreciner rov reb shlomo tzvi who was a son in law of of reb yakov akiva from miava son of the ksav sofer

    is that correct

  • 14 M.S. // Mar 6, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Reb moshe stern was the fourth of 5 sons of the melitzei eish, rabbi Avrohom Stern zatzal Hy”d. First son was reb Mordechai who was the soninlaw of reb Shaul Brach of Kashau. He was niftar before the war after being sick and is burried in neiheisel, he left behind a wife and daughter who were killed in the holocaust. The second son was Rabbi Bezalel Stern, the Betzel Hachochma, the soninlaw of the Sebener rov, Rabbi Zvi Kunstlicher, who was during the war in Seben the dayan and then after the war in papa , Itslt and israel, then became the rov of Melbourne bult up kehilas adas yisroel and then was rov in Vienna before moving to israel. the third was reb Eliezer killed in the war the fourth rabbi Moshe soninlaw of the debreciner rov and the fifth was reb Meshulem still a bochur, killed in aushwitz together with his father reb Avrohom Stern, the dayan of neiheizel and his grandfather, the father inlaw of rabbi Aveaham Stern, harav yosef meir tigerman zatzal, the gaavad of neiheizel Rabbi Tigerman was 96 years old at the time and the bishof wanted to save him by hiding him but he refused to leave his kehilla behind. On the 3 days train to aushwitz the faavad and his soninlaw the dayan were learning hilchos kidush hashem and contemplated which nusach of brocha to say when being moiser nefesh.

  • 15 bezalel // Jul 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    In whose chelka is the Debreciner Rebbe buried in Beth Israel cemetery?

  • 16 Dovid // Jul 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    In the Debreciner Chelke ,which isclose to the back entrance.
    Its down the road from the Vienne Chelke.

  • 17 Kever // Jul 28, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Debretsin it is towards the end of the cemetery passing Reb Yonasan shteiff amd Reb Michoel Ber on your left and in the second line of the left of the road

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