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Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kagan

September 8th, 2011 · 8 Comments

Rav, Kehillas Yaakov Beis Shmuel (KJBS), Chicago, IL
d. 28 Sivan, 1971 (5731)
The Rav was born and studied in Radin by his grandfather the Chofetz Chaim. His mother Gittel was his eldest daughter. After Radin he went to on to study in Slabodka and later in  Lukeshkes-Vilna under Rav Baruch Ber Lebowitz.
The Rav’s only daughter Ethel married Rav Leib Yitzchok Tarshish, also listed on this website.
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Directions to kever:

Waldheim Cemetery
1400 Des Plaines Avenue
Forest Park, IL 60130
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Tags: Chicago, IL · Illinois · Waldheim Cemetery - Chicago

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 תולדות ושורשים // Sep 8, 2011 at 5:57 am

    הקבר הוא לא של ר’ אהרן קאגן, אלא של בנו ר’ יוסף חיים.

  • 2 תולדות ושורשים // Sep 8, 2011 at 5:58 am

    ואגב, הוא היה בן בתו של החפץ חיים.

  • 3 MBD // Sep 8, 2011 at 11:51 am

    How confusing the Chofetz Chaim had both a son and a son-in-law with the same name.

  • 4 S. // Sep 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Yes, but the Chofetz Chaim only officially took the last name “Kagan” at the end of his life. Reb Leib, his eldest son from his first marriage, took the last name “Poupko” (no relation to the Pittsburgh family) at some point, probably to get out of the draft.

  • 5 תולדות ושורשים // Sep 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  • 6 S. // Sep 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    R. Kagan’s seforim can be found at:


  • 7 YD Miller // Oct 10, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Rabbi Yosef Kagan was the SIL and succsessor of Rabbi Shmuel Shach, who also served the kehilas Yaakov Shul in Chicago, see here:

  • 8 Bruce Gabel // Jun 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Chofetz Chaim was the nephew of my late Great Great Great Aunt Feige Levine Kagan the sister of my Great Great Grandfather Szmuel Levine. Also Feige was married to Szmerl Kagan Justice Elena Kagan’s direct ancestor. The Levine”s were on my Maternal grandmother’s side by blood and my marriage on my Father’s maternal side. My great great Aunt Chaya Esther Greenspan married Szmerl Kagan’s son Nissen Kagan Cohen
    Bruce L Gabel
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