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Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Meisels

November 5th, 2008 · 25 Comments

Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Meisels

צבי הירש ב"ר דוד דוב

Chief Rabbi, Veitzen, Hungary

Date of Death: Sat. January 19, 1974 - Teves 25 5734

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Cemetery Details
104 Deans Rhode Hall Rd
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
United States

Phone: 732-2972336
Fax: 732-297-1331
Contact: Rabbi Leonard Auerbach


Cemetery Map:

Notes: 24 hour access to cemetery with limited office hours. Restroom and other amenities available during office ours only.

Directions to Kever: Floral Park - Washington Cemetery in Deans, NJ maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Satmar Section, next to the ohel of Rav Yechezkel Mertz (Not the office side of the cemetery)

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum of Ujhely, d. 1841, better  known as the Yismach Moshe, Credit:  Needed

Photo Caption: First edition title page, Yetev Lev, authored by Rebbe Yekusiel Yehuda Teitelbaum of  Siget, d. 1883, Credit: IFJCAH

Photo Caption: Rav Tzvi Hirsh Meisels, Credit: N/N

Bio Information:
Prior to becoming Chief Rabbi of Veitzen in 1930, the Rav led the Jewish community of Neimark, Galicia. In Neimark, the Rav headed a yeshiva with hundreds of students. In 1944, the Rav along with his entire community was deported to Auschwitz. After his liberation he was appointed Chief Rabbi of the Bergen-Belsen German/British Section DP Camp where he established Yeshiva Shearis Yisroel. In 1946, upon the encouragement  of his brother-in-law Rebbe Shlomo Halberstam, Bobover Rebbe he settled in Chicago, Illinois.

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Tags: Chief Rabbi · Floral Park - Washington Cemetery (N.J.) · New Jersey · Rosh Yeshiva

25 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cheskel // Nov 10, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Sorry but with all due respect he was never Chief Rabbi of Veitzen, he was dayan of the chasidishe kehilla there, I doubt if anybody today wants to open the can of worms to know the stance of the the rav (zilbershtein) regarding the chasidishe kehilla.

  • 2 lizensk12 // Nov 10, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Interestingly, the town of Veitzen was not a chassidish town. I once heard that the kehilla was taken aback when they first saw Rav Meisels in full chassidish garb.
    At the end of the day he was know as Veitzener Rav.
    Please excuse my ignorance who was Rav Zilberstein?
    Thank you,

  • 3 Cheskel // Nov 10, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Rav Zilberstein was the rov of Veitzen being a son or grandson of reb Yeshaya the author of Masei Lemelech.

  • 4 Baruch A // Nov 10, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Where is he buried?

  • 5 Cheskel // Nov 10, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    I think PIH.

  • 6 lizensk12 // Nov 10, 2008 at 6:40 pm


  • 7 neigerig // Nov 17, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Past In Haulacust?

  • 8 Grand Rebbe // Nov 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Could be or Perished In Holocaust.

  • 9 eretzhagar // May 29, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    you are right, R’ Zvi Hirsh was Dayan at Veitzen Orth. Community, where R’ David Yehuda Silberstein (d. 1944) was the Rav.
    In 1945, R’ Zvi Hirsh liberated in Bergen-Belsen, and was appointed to Rav of British Occupation Zone in Germany. In 1946, he moved to Paris, and abt. 1948 settled in the US.

  • 10 Cheskel // May 30, 2010 at 4:43 am

    Thanks for your Haskama !

  • 11 Robert Lebovits // Jan 30, 2012 at 3:14 am

    My family came from Veitzen and lived there prior to the war. Are there any publications on the personalities that lived there prior to the war my grandfather Reb Efraim Hutterer a’h was close to Rav Shaye Zilberstein z’zl. How many orthodox communities were there prior to the war.

  • 12 moses // Dec 30, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Meisels have a big yeshiva in Veitzen with almost 400 boys as my info from a family member .and he went to be Dayan there after the recommendation from munkatcher ruv the minchus aluzer witch send him there

  • 13 M.kennedy // Jul 11, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Can any one help the veitzaner rov had a brother reb yechezkal who was rov of radvan and was niftar a year after his chausna does any one know who was he married to

  • 14 HL // Jul 14, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    She was a daugter of Reb Moshe Rubinstein-Teitelbaum, who was a stepson of the Yetev Lev of Satmar and a stepbrother of Rabbi Yoel of Satmar, who was Mesader Kidushin at their marriage. Her private name i don’t know.

  • 15 M.kennedy // Jul 16, 2013 at 10:11 am



    Please explain?

  • 16 HL // Jul 17, 2013 at 10:56 am

    That is what I heard from the family. R’ Yechezkel’s wife was the daughter of Reb Moshe Rubinstein-Teitelbaum, who was a stepson of the Yetev Lev of Satmar and a son of his second wife (so that he was stepbrother of Rabbi Yoel of Satmar) . Her private name they didn’t know.
    If you have more questions, send it to my mail:

  • 17 M.kennedy // Jul 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm


    I just wonder if there is anybod of the binyan dovid family who remember him or her and her name did she get married again probaly the only person today who would know is the shomkuter rebezin or reb zalman leib from seegate

    Kind regards

    P.S i tried to send you this message by email but it was returned

  • 18 YD Miller // Jul 18, 2013 at 11:29 am


    Reb Moshe Rubinstien was the son of Chana and Reb Avrohom Abba Rubinstein. His mother Chana (Bas r’ Yoel Ashkenazi) remarried to the Kedushas Yom Tov (not the Yetev Lev), she than had 6 children with the Kedushas YT one of them being the Divrie Yoel AKA Satmar Rebbe.

    M. kennedy,
    Here is a photo of the marker of the Radvaner Rav in Uheli, Hungary:

    He paased away 1932 – 81 Years ago, how old is the Sea-Gate Rav today? is he the oldest living Binyan Dovid grandchild?

  • 19 M.kennedy // Jul 22, 2013 at 7:58 am


    who was Reb Avrhom Aba Rubinstein

    Regarding oldest binyan dovids einiklech who are with us

    There is the
    krestirer Rebbezin
    Shomkuter Rebbezin
    and the sea gate rov

    may they have arichas yomin vshonim my question is did she marry again

  • 20 tali // Jul 24, 2013 at 6:28 am

    What word did you mean to use when you said “with the engorgement of his brother-in-law “? I don’t think you meant to say “engorgement”…

  • 21 Meir // Feb 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    As the matzeiva notes, he was the mechaber of the shu”t Mekadshei Hashem, arguably along with R. Oshry, the most prominent compilation of Holocaust responsa. He was also a much sought after mohel and would travel across the country to help people fulfill this mitzvah.

    BTW Tali, the word is encouragement.

  • 22 Chaim // Apr 10, 2014 at 4:10 am

    The Binyan Dovid has grandsons from Veitzen, Rav Yosef Moshe in Williamsburg and Rav Zalmen Leib in Seagate. The Veizener Rov also has children from his second rebetzin the Dezher Rebbes daughter. The Binyan Dovid has many living grandchildren BH.

  • 23 dovid // Apr 10, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Rabbi Adolf Neumann was the first rabbi of Weitzen from the 1840s to 1863, when he left for Yerusalem. There was no Jewish community before 1840s. R. Shalom (Frigyes) Ullman was the rabbi of the status quo community from 1864-1894.
    The orthodox community split from the status quo in 1871. R. Moshe (Mor) Löwinger of Komarom (1810-1876) was the rabbi for two years in 1875-1876.
    R. David Yehuda Silberstein (1820-1884) followed R. Löwinger from 1876 to 1884. He is the author of Shvilei Dovid on the Shulchan Aruch. He is buried in Weitzen. His kever is at Vác, Ambró Ferenc utca 24.
    R. Yehoshua Silberstein was the rav from 1884-1935. His son R. Dovid Yehuda Silberstein (1935-1944) was murdered in Auschwitz.
    Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Meisels was appointed dayan in Weitzen in 1930.

  • 24 Yossi Lebovics // Oct 20, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Correction, the Rov was R. Yeshayah Zilberstein,
    known as the Masay Lamelech, after the Sefer he authored on the Rambam Hilchos Bais Habchiro,
    and he was niftar in 1930 – not 1935 – after which R. Hersh Meisels was appointed as Dayan of the kehilah.

  • 25 seforim // Mar 29, 2017 at 12:31 pm


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