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Rabbi Yechiel Kavetsky

March 18th, 2010 · 11 Comments

Rabbi Yechiel Kavetsky

(יחיאל גדליהו ב"ר יעקב יהודה (לייב

Rosh Yeshiva, Talmud Torah Ohab Zedek

Date of Death: Wed. April 19, 1922 - Nissan 21 5682
Shevii Shel Pesach

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Cemetery Details
122 Arthur Kill Road
Staten Island, NY 10306
United States

Phone: 718-351-0230


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Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: E. Kavetsky

Biographical Notes:

In addition the Rav served in Yampol, Russia and Corona, (Queens) NY.

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Asher Lowy, Brooklyn, NY

Tags: Brooklyn / S.I., NY · New York · Rosh Yeshiva

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 curios // Mar 18, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Here is his sefer:

  • 2 YD Miller // Mar 18, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Another Sefer:

    After serving as Rav in Yampol, Russia he came to the US where he was a Rav in Corona, (Queens) NY.

    [It appears from writings of Reb Velvel Margolis that Rav Kavetzky was really not more then a Shochet (Ritual Slaughter) in Corona and was part of a contoversy with the Kashrus of the Shochtim.]

    In any case he left Corona to NYC before he passed away at a young age of 42.
    Two intresting notes on his Matzieve;
    1) His other name Gedalyahui is not inscribed
    2) His fathers name is written as Yaakov Lieb, usually the custom is to write the names on Matzievos in Hebrew which should have been here Yaakov Yehuda, the way he wrote it in his Seforim.

  • 3 Rabbi Stern // Mar 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Rav Velvel Margolis while himself a tremendous talmid chacom did not exactly see eye to eye with many of the rabbonim of his generation. “Not more then a Shochet” is a bit degrading and I would be curios to know they exact contexts of the comments and the nature of the dispute.

  • 4 Ben Bee Zee // Mar 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    In Rabbi Margulios’ writing it appears that he was the Rav of Beis Hakneses Anshei Keser after “only” being the Shochet in Korona

  • 5 YD Miller // Mar 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    In his Sefer Charizie Margolies Vol. 2 Rav Margolies has (starting page 373 on Hebrew books) a long Article about the Schochtim Strike and the controversy that took place in NY in 1915, where he follows up on an article he wrote in the Yiddish newspaper Der Tog.

    He accuses not only Reform but some Orthodox Rabbis in giving in to Butchers and compromising on Kashrus of the meat industry.

    Part of his critics goes against an organization named Vaad Harabanim V’Hamashgichin of NY which was headed by 3 Rabbis;
    1) Reb Lieb Rose
    2) Reb Yechiel Kovetzky
    3) Reb Binyamin Halevi
    As a foot-note, RVM points out that before being Rav in the Cong. Anshie Keser he (Kovetzky) was “Only” a shochet in Corona and when one of the Rebbes went there for vacation he asked Kovetzky to show him the Chalef (Ritual Slaughter-Knife) and he refused, so he was subpoena to Reb Velvels Bies Din, and was angry why he didn’t label him in the subpoena as a Rav, but only as a Shochet….

    So Reb Velvel goes on that from his times in Boston, he already had made a decision that any Shochet that considers himself a Rav, is Posul for Shechita…..

  • 6 Rabbi Stern // Mar 18, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    While I don’t know much about Rav Kavetzky, I would assume that he was already an ordained Rav in Europe being that he served as Rav in Yampol, Russia thus I doubt that he was just an “ordinary shochet”. I would implore for those with bio information to step forth and defend the kavode of Rav Kavetzky!!!!!!

  • 7 Ben Bee Zee // Mar 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    It’s not that he wasn’t a Rav it’s just that Rav Margolious had a philosophy not to mix Shchita and Rabbonis together that’s why he wrote on him that he was “only” a Shochet even though he was previously officially ordained but while being a Shochet he didn’t hold a Rabbonis position

  • 8 YD Miller // Mar 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Rabbi Stern,
    Of course it is not me who denounced Rabbi Kavetzky, and you may very well be 100% right, I just wrote doen what Reb Velvel Morgolies writes about him (as a reply to your previuos post asking fro the context).

    On the other hand he got two very prominent Haskomos on his sefer, one from Reb Tzvi Hirsh Rabinowitz of Kovno who was the son of RYE Spector, and the other one of Reb Moshe Danyshevsky of Slobodka.

  • 9 Ben Bee Zee // Mar 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    In addition his Toras Gedalye is very interesting

  • 10 Rabbi Stern // Mar 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I appreciate the clarification, once again I remind you that Rav Velvel was at odds with many of the rabbonim in those years.

  • 11 Rabbi Hecht // Oct 2, 2013 at 8:35 am

    He brings a story about a yid traveling from egypt
    To chevron with a lion, in 5508, doesnt say who??
    The only other story i heard of such was 500 years ago the givas shaul, harav mortiro has a real maaseh told about him with a lion, any yedios in this matter would be greatly appreciated….?

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