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Rabbi Yitzchok Isaac Eichenstein

January 8th, 2009 · 14 Comments

Kiviashder Rav of Forest Hills, Queens
d. 1 Adar, 2004
The Rav was born (1913) in Kashau, Czechoslovakia, his father Rav Meir was the Zhidichover Rav of Kashau. As a child, he studied under Rav Shaul Brach, the Kashauer Rav. After his marriage, he replaced his father-in-law (who had moved away) as Kiviashder Rav and established a yeshiva, which ran for six years, until the Nazis arrived in 1944. It is believed that his FIL offered him the Rabbanis as a wedding gift.
In 1944, the Rav was deported to Auschwitz and later Bergen-Belsen, where his parents, wife, and three young children were murdered. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, the Rav married his wife’s younger sister, established a beis din that assisted hundreds of agunos, and arranged education of many orphans.
In 1950 he moved to the United States and settled in Forest Hills where he opened a Beth Medrash. In 1953, under the auspices of the Satmar Rav, he established the Central Rabbinical Council of the United States and Canada.
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Washington Cemetery (Floral Park)
104 Deans Rhode Hall Rd
Monmouth Junction (Deans), NJ 08852

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cheskel // Jan 9, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Not it is believed, put it was given to him as the dowry, not every body wanted to sign the Ksav Rabones, so they brought down the Spinka Rebbe the Chakal Yitschok for a Sheva Broches & the Ksav was placed on the table in front of him & he only gave L’chayim to the ones who signed.

    His FIL at the end did not move away.

  • 2 SFG // Jan 9, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Cool story, it says a lot about his FIL.

  • 3 Cheskel // Jan 11, 2009 at 2:18 am

    There is more to it, but not every thing can be publicized.

  • 4 SFG // Jan 12, 2009 at 3:01 am

    What are you saying, its not such a cool story?

  • 5 YD Miller // Dec 11, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Letter written by the Rebbe:

  • 6 Nechunya // May 14, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    does anyone know what was the name of his first wife?

  • 7 R // Jun 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    His first wife was Mindel, the eldest daughter of the Kiviashder Rav, ZT”L.

  • 8 ilanith // Jun 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    which Kiviashder? The Rebbe Elozor?

  • 9 Joel Carciente // Nov 15, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    I am looking for people who pray in this Schul(in Queens) in the 60s,70s and 80s where R Eichenstein was the Rabbi. My grandfather attended that Shul and I would like to contact people who might have know him! Thanks!
    Andres Carciente

    PS My grandfather’s name was Baruj Shlomo FRIEDMANN (FALUS) Z’L


  • 10 Jacob Djmal // Apr 5, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I have a teshuva written to him by a certain :
    אברהם יחזקאל שרגא הלברשטאם בן לכ”ק הגאון
    שליט”א does anyone know who this is

  • 11 BenBeeZee @ MCA // Apr 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    הרב מציעשינוב

  • 12 filey ave // Apr 7, 2017 at 10:37 am

    אחרי הפרשה עם השארצע בסאטמאר הוא היה האיש קשר בין השוארצע להנהגה של סאטמאר וד”ל

  • 13 Jacob Djmal // May 22, 2017 at 11:13 pm


    do you mean him:

    It can’t be the one who wrote the letter I’m written to R Eichenstein because הרב מציעשינוב
    was niftar in ה’תרע”ד, whereas my letter was written in the 1960’s. ?

  • 14 H. LEHRER // Oct 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    אברהם יחזקאל שרגא הלברשטאם בן לכ”ק הגאון שליט”א
    is the Zhmigrader Rebbe from Williamsburg, son of Rabbi Arye Leibish Zts”l from Bne Brak, author of Arie Shoag.

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