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Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Grodzensky

December 5th, 2007 · 23 Comments

Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Grodzensky

צבי הירש ב"ר מאיר

Chief Rabbi, Omaha, Nebraska

Date of Death: Wed. December 31, 1947 - Teves 18 5708

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Cemetery Details
6598 N 42nd Street
Omaha, NB 68111
United States

Phone: 402-556-6536
Contact: Dennis DePorte


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Temple Israel Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska maintains detailed burial records and will provide assistance upon request. Location: Enter at 42nd Street closest to Newport Avenue (see map below), Section: Old Section between Redick & Newport Avenue. Note: Temple Israel (reform) should not be confused with Beth Israel Synagogue (orthodox) both located in Omaha, Nebraska.

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rav Tzvi Hirsh Grodzensky while a still a young rabbi in Europe, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives

Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh (Henry) Grodzinsky 1
Photo Caption: Rav Tzvi Hirsh Grodzensky, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America’s Archives

Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History (IFJCAH)

Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History (IFJCAH)

Photo Caption: Map to the kever of Rav Grodzensky, Credit: Rabbi Yaakov Zions, Denver Kollel

Bio Information:
Rav Grodzensky, a leading member of the Agudath HaRabonim was the chavrusa (study partner) of Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzensky, his second cousin. It is reported that the Brisker Rav,  Rav Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik, once commented that had Rav Tzvi Hirsh stayed in Europe he would have been just as famous as his younger cousin.

In memorial:
Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinski (August 9, 1940 -5 Av 5700)

Photo Credit: IFJCAH

Credit: IFJCAH

Photo Caption: New Cemetery in Vilna (Vilnius), Lithuania, Credit: Michael, Elias, Kew Gardens, NY

Credit: Moti, EY

Credit: Sruly Newman, Kew Gardens Hills, NY

Credit: Marian Merritt

Credit: Marian Merritt

Credit: Marian Merritt

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Josh Hoffman // Dec 29, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Did he have any children?

  • 2 MStern // Jan 2, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Sadly, I don?t think so. In addition, I believe that Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzensky also passed away without children.

  • 3 Rabbi J Silver // Jan 6, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    The Rav had 7 children, 4 sons and 3 daughters.

  • 4 Cheskel // Jan 6, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzensky had one daughter that passed away at a young age, there is a sad story behind it.

  • 5 MStern // Jan 7, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I once heard that.

  • 6 curios // Jul 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    He wrote a sefer called “מקראי קדש” on הלכות קריאת התורה 3 volumes.

  • 7 Reb Elya // Aug 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Do you know who took this picture? I lived in Omaha for atleast 5 years. As a matter of fact, I was born there. My father was a Rabbi there.

  • 8 Reb Elya // Aug 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    In the middle, what are those two plaques for? Is that for children who were Niftar?

  • 9 azi // Aug 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    They are the matzevos. The pic of the matzeiva at the bottom is just a close up of one of those stones on the ground.

  • 10 bzr // Aug 3, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I once saw a long biography (around 15 pages) about Rav Tzvi Grodzensky (I think from the University of Nebraska). He had arichus yomimas he arrived in Omaha in the 1890″s and was first nifter in1948. I remember that they interviewed a son of his (his english name was Francis) and a shochet who had kabolla from rav tzvi hirsh zatzal.the article was written in the 1980″s and his son was still living who also has arichus yomim. It also said that he has many ksovim in Yerushalayim by oyzar haposkim which are waiting to be published. i also heard from a talmid of rav ahron soloveichik zatzal that rav ahron very much recomended his sefer mikve yisroel on hilchos mikvaos. at the end of his mikroei kodesh he has a special kuntress on the problem of making sure that unsalted meat should be washed within 3 days if it was not salted yet (takonas hageonim mentined in the beginning of hilchos melicha) which was a critical issue in the early part of the 1900″s when many times shechita took place in faraway places and sent to the main cities by freight trains and the meat was washed at certain train stops withvarious rabbonim supervising. he also wrotea sefer mili dibrochos on masechta brochos and another on ein yaakov . i think that some of his seforim were published by Ezras Torah as he was a prominent member of the agudas horabonim. zechuso yogen oleinu

  • 11 Ben Bee Zee // Aug 3, 2009 at 11:10 am

    someone asked me recently if there are descendants of reb zvi hersh because he found many kesovim of his and he wants to distribute it to them. Does anyone know where they are to be found?

  • 12 bzr // Aug 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I saw on the white pages that there is arobert grodzensky in wilkes barre,pennsylvania. i dont remember for sure from the biography that i saw a while back but ligt meer in kop that one of his descendants has that name but i could be mistaken. maybe otzar haposkim would want it if they have his other ksovim which i think they do.

  • 13 Miller // Aug 3, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Your “kop arbiet baruch hashem”, thanks for all your informative posts.

    If you are saying that the UON published the article they should still have it on record, maybe someone can turn to them for it.

  • 14 sj // Oct 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    To Ben Bee Zee-

    Do you know who has the ksovim that were found? I am working on publishing R Tzvi Hirsch’s writings and would like to contact them. He apparently has no descendants who are observant or interested in his ksovim.

  • 15 asher // Aug 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Rav Mordechai (ben Tzvi) Grodzenski lived in Utica.
    This is part of a Kol Kora signed by the RJJ and many other Rabbanim.

  • 16 Reb Elya // Aug 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Generally it would maybe be nice to get the english last names (How their spelled in english)(exact) so that we could do research and find descendants etc.

  • 17 josh // Jan 11, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    recent post and info on new sefer

  • 18 SG // Dec 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Today is Rav Tzvi Hirsh Grodzensky’s Yartzeit.

  • 19 asher // Jan 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    SG, thanx for the reminder – just two days earlier, I was thinking to visit this place, summertime (I thought his Yartzeit was then), although I live nothing near West Coast… but for some unrelated reason , i got this wishful thinking to do something on his yahrzeit as a Z’chus – bottom line – u’r reminder meant allot, so thanx and… as a whole maybe we can add some kind of “reminder feature” sign-up for any or only certain popular listings.

  • 20 Richard Levine // Jul 1, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    I wanted to make it clear that Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Grodzensky had many children and I myself am his great grandson!

  • 21 Shraga // Nov 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Richard – where do you live?

  • 22 Rabbi Chaim Cohen // Nov 30, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    To Richard Levine:
    I would appreciate your contacting me. I published a letter from Rav Grodzinsky to my father in the journal Yeshurun. The letter was dated 1947 and was in response to my father’s letter which cited the Tshuvas HaRambam that one should NOT stand when hearing the Kriah on Shabbos and Shvuos of Aseres Hadibros.
    My phone number is: 516-371-1356.

  • 23 Harry "Steve" Anderson // Oct 4, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    He was a great scholar and a great man.The Rabbi M’Brisk Rabbi Isaac William Soleveitchik said that if he would have stayed in Europe he would have been as great as his holy cousin Rav Charles Ozer Grozensky of Vilna lore.HO HO Torah

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