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Rabbi Shlomo Polachek

December 18th, 2007 · 16 Comments

Rabbi Shlomo Polachek

שלמה ב"ר יוסף

Maitcheter Illui

Date of Death: Tue. July 10, 1928 - Tammuz 21 5688

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Cemetery Details
81-14 Cypress Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385
United States

Phone: 718-821-1060
Fax: 718-381-1551
Contact: Todd Ivler


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Mount Judah Cemetery in Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Society: TAL TOR TIPH JER, Section: 1, Block: V, Gate: 1, corner of Lebanon Road and Sinai Avenue, in the back near the Union Field Cemetery fence.

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: POLACHEK, SOLOMON

Biographical Notes:

Credit: Yeshiva University
Polachek Shlomo Lida 1910
Photo Caption: Rav Shlomo Polachek with his students in Lida, 1910, Credit: YIVO
Polachek Shlomo 3
Photo Caption: Rav Shlomo Polachek, Credit: Needed

Credit: IFJCAH

Photo Caption: Commemorative magazine in honor of the Rav’s passing, Credit: IFJCAH

Photo Caption: Polachek Family Tree, Credit: Rabbi Shlomo Polachek, Rechovot, Israel

Photo Caption: Polachek family in New York, Credit: Needed 

Bio Information: 
Rav Baruch Ber Lebowitz (d. 1939), Kaminetzer Rosh Hayeshivah who at the time was visiting the United States was maspid (eulogized) Rav Polachek.

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to kever of Rav Shlomo Polachek

Tags: Mount Judah Cemetery - Queens · New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Rosh Yeshiva

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Naftali Polachek // Jun 18, 2008 at 2:58 am

    Very impressive!

  • 2 Baruch A // Jun 18, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Are you family?

  • 3 Azi // Jul 7, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    I believe he was brought the US by R’ Dov Revel to be the Rosh Yeshiva at REITS, which he was for only two years. After he died that is when R’ Revel hired R’ Moshe Solovetchik.

  • 4 Daniel // Feb 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Actually he was at RIETS for 7 years, from 1922 until his petirah. Many future gedolim passed through his shiur at RIETS.

  • 5 Ben Bee Zee // Nov 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    A special book in honor of the Maichater Iluy was published by REITZ upon his passing

  • 6 J. Helfand // Feb 8, 2011 at 1:07 am

    There is much biographical material on him in the introductions to his “chidushim.”

  • 7 Farshlufen // Jul 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    JULY 11, 1928
    Throng of Fifteen Thousand Attends Funeral Services for Rabbi Poliatchek

    A huge throng, estimated by police to number fifteen thousand, yesterday faced a two hour session in the glaring sun to pay a last impressive tribute to Rabbi Solomon Poliatchek, internationally famous Talmudic authority, who died on Sunday evening.
    Funeral services were conducted from the steps of the Isaac Elchanan Yeshivah, 301 East Broadway, where for the last seven years, Rabbi Poliatchek had been dean of the Talmudic department, while the huge throng stood in silent tribute.
    Following the simplicity of the Orthodox ritual, the services were marked by the intense personal grief of all those who participated. Speaker after speaker broke off in the midst of his tribute, while Dr, Bernard Revel, head of the Yeshivah collapsed, after insisting upon completing his “fare well to his friend, associate and teacher.”
    Throughout the ceremony which continued for an hour and one half, the bier stood on a black covered dais surrounded by a guard of honor consisting of students of the Yeshivah.
    As the coffin was transferred from the hearse to the dais a group of twelve boys, pupils of the elementary classes of the Yeshivah, recited the Psalms.
    Officially represented at the services were the Hebraic and Talmudic Faculties of the Yeshivah, the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of America, the Orthodox Rabbinic Council of New York, the Alumni of the Yeshivah and the student body.
    The coffin, followed by the funeral cortege, was carried on the shoulders of the pallbearers from the Yeshivah to the offices of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis and the Rabbinic Council where brief ceremonies were held.
    Tributes to the deceased were paid by Dr. Bernard Revel, Rabbi E. L. Sliver, Rabbi M. S. Margolis, Rabbi J. Konowitz, Rabbi A. D. Burick, Rabbi J.F. Epstein and Rabbi B.Lubovitch, of the Kamenetz Yeshivah of Poland.
    All joined in lauding his scholarship, modesty and kindliness. Rabbi Burick declared that with the passing of “Rabbi Poliatchek, America loses its greatest Talmudic Scholar.”
    His loss to the Yeshivah is irreparable, declared Dr. Revel, “His passing is too poignant a personal grief for me to even attempt to evaluate his worth.”
    The E1 Mohle Rachamim was chanted by Cantors Rakovsky and Steinberg.
    Interment took place at the Beth Judah Cemetery. Rabbi N. Ebin of Alumni Association. Rabbi A. D. Burick and Rabbi S. Levy, officiated, together with William Draisen and Moses Goldberg of the student body.
    The widow and two sons and three daughters, all of 1954 Fiftieth Street, Brooklyn, survive.
    It is believed that a fund will be provided for the widow and children of Rabbi Poliatchek.

  • 8 Reb Elya // Dec 28, 2012 at 12:18 am

  • 9 Zvi Mor // Feb 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I read that Rabbi Shlomo Polachek was related to
    Yerucham Asher Warhaftig.
    Does someone know about it?

  • 10 Tatyana Leshik // Jul 2, 2013 at 8:39 am

    My family became interested in the topic of our roots and built geni tree. Come to that our great-grandfather Boruch Leib Polachek. Maybe someone knows Boruch Shlomo Polachek and Polachek Leib brothers?

  • 11 YD Miller // Jul 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    His daughter Liba married in 1937 to Rabbi Yisroel Mowsowitz from Dorham, NC.

    Any further info on this family? it says that his father was a Rabbi in Albany, NY

  • 12 YD Miller // Jul 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    The Ilui’s daughters are:

    1. Risha who is married to Yaakov Pines and lives in New York.

    2. Libbe is married to Rabbi Yisrael Movshovitz who serves as the rabbi in the Hillcrest Jewish Center in New York and is the Chairman of the Trustees of the synagogue at Kennedy Airport.

    3. Sarah and her husband Rabbi Yehuda-Leib Goldberg live in Israel. Rabbi Goldberg is associated with the Chief Rabbinate in Haifa. Two grandsons of the Ilui, the brothers Shlomo and Moshe Goldberg are engineers who also live in Israel.

  • 13 rgroner // Aug 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Rabbi Mowshowitz served as rabbi of an amalgamation of several orthodox synagogues in Omaha before becoming the rabbi of a prominent conservative synagogue in Hillcrest.
    Rabbi Goldberg edited some of the writings of his father-in-law. This book was critically reviewed by a distinguished student of the Maichiter, Rabbi Nissan Waxman. This review and a fascinating biographical sketch of the Maitchiter can be found in his Shevilai Nissan, published by Mossad Harav Kook in 2013.

  • 14 Sholom Stein // May 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    My great grandmother was the first cousin of the Maitcheter Iluy. She came to Atlantic City, NJ in the late 19th century. Her name was nee Dora (Dvora) Polachek and her married name was Dora Kaplowitz. She passed in 25 Tevet January 1959, she is buried in the Rodef Sholom Synagogue cemetery in Egg Harbor, NJ and her Yarzeit Plaque is on the wall of the Rodef Sholom Synagogue in Ventnor NJ. Her husband was Rev. Moshe Kaplowitz, a chazan, mohel, shochet for the Rodef Sholom congregation, died 1 Nissan 5697, Mar 13 1937.

  • 15 YD Miller // Feb 20, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    NY Times on the passing of Rabbi Mowshowits

  • 16 Rabbi Stren // Jul 3, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Hi grandson, Rabbi Shlomo Polachek is a rov in Rechovot.

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