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Rabbi Yosef Lauer

March 18th, 2009 · 27 Comments

Moreh Dasrah of Congregation Nachlas Tzvi, New York City
d. 21 Adar I, 1932
The Rav, a Sanzer chossid was born in the town of Bobov in 1863. His father, Rav Nesanel, the chief rabbi of Maltziv (Malcov), Galicia was among the foremost student of Rebbe Chaim of Sanz, the Divrei Chaim, as well as a member of his Bais Din (rabbinical court). In 1903, due to extreme poverty, he sailed to America and settled on the Lower East Side. The Rav, a master mohel (a performer of ritual circumcisions) is credited with bringing thousands of Jewish children into “Briso Shel Avroham Avinu” (Abrahamic Covenant).
When Rebbe Yitzchok Halberstam, the Bardiover Rebbe came to New York he would only eat at the table of Rav Lauer due to high standard of kashrus (dietary laws) observed at his house.
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Directions to kever:

Mount Hebron Cemetery
130-04 Horace Harding Expressway
(Main Street Cemetery in Kew Gardens Hills)
Flushing, NY 11367
(Block: 19, Reference: 2, Section: A-C, Line: 4, Grave: 14, Society: Cong Gemil Chesed)

Tags: Mt. Hebron (Main Street) Cemetery · New York · Queens / L.I., NY · Unknown

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fester Guy // Mar 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Please check, the lulav looks possel!!!!!!

  • 2 Miller // Mar 19, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Whre did you pick up that he was “Yaslover Rav” and where is Yaslov?

    I found a very interesting article in the NY times in the 1910’s about a wedding that had to take place where a Rabbi Lauer was suppose to be “Mesader Kedushin” .

    The one is noted living (or having a congreagation) on 107 Goerck St. in the lower east-side (that street name has been changed since then to Baruch St.)

    Can anyone tell if this is the same Rabbi Lauer?

  • 3 Baruch A // Mar 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Its a good chance that Yaslov is in Eastern Europe or the name of a street in the Bronx.
    I called him Yaslover Rav because he is buried along side the Yaslover Rebbe (posted on this website) so unless someone has more information this is best I got!!!!!!!!

  • 4 LitFish // Mar 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    This is one of the strangest matzeivas I have ever seen.

  • 5 Miller // Mar 20, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Yaslow (not Yaslov) is in Galicia, the Yaslower Rebbe you are reffering to, was called that way after his father’s and Gfather’s dynasty.

    If this is the case I would remove the the title ‘Yaslover Rav’ and just write Rav in NY, untill we get better information.

  • 6 chernobyl // Mar 23, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    there’s deffinitly a reason why they put the arbaa minim of succos on the matzeiva, i thought maybe because his name has the Rushe Teives of ל’ולב א’תרוג ע’רבות and maybe the ר’ stands for הדס in some way.

  • 7 Miller // Mar 23, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    BTW I don’t see on the Matzive the date of his passing, Baruch, is there any more information on the other side?

  • 8 Baruch A // Mar 23, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    The above information is biased on an article recently published in the Yesod Malchus Bobov magazine.
    Thank you,

    The footstone is inscribed with a poem, as well as the date of passing.

  • 9 Miller // Mar 23, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks Baruch.

  • 10 Miller // Apr 1, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Did you find out about any decsendants?

  • 11 Yacov // Jun 28, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    For more information on his ancestors and descendants see:

  • 12 Joseph I. Lauer // Apr 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I am a grandson of Rav Yosef Lauer z”l. His father, Rav Nesanel Lauer, was the Rav of Maltziv (Malcov), not far from Bartfeld (Bardejov/Bartfa) in present-day Slovakia (not Galicia). Rav Yosef’s matzevah was designed and executed by his eldest son, Isidor Lauer, who was a monument dealer as well as a chazzan (a good friend of R. Yossele Rosenblatt) and a talented artist. The lulav, esrog, and other minim commemorate Rav Yosef’s purchase for $50 of one of the very few esrogim that made it to New York through the sea blockade during the First World War and his sharing of the esrog with many others. He also explored having lulavim and esrogim grown in the southwest USA. He learned in the Shinyever klois of the Divrei Yechezkel, the Shinyever Tzaddik, and came to the USA in 1904, bringing his wife and children to the USA in subsequent years. My father, Aharon Shlomoh Lauer z”l, was the only one of the children born in the USA. Rav Yosef learned gemara with mispallelim of the Nachlas Tzvi shul and served as rav as well as chazzan (blessed with a good voice, being descended from the Miller family on his mother’s side), and was a mohel and shochet, although he deferred practicing shechitah in favor of his cousin, R. Lazer Lauer. He was also president of the Kolel Shomrei Hachomos in the USA and one of his last correspondences was with R. Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld of Yerushalayim, both of whom were niftar within about a week of each other in 1932. He also sent funds to the Bobover Rebbe and received a letter from him that is displayed in the Bobover magazine article. He was not the Yaslover Rav. A descendent of the Yaslover Rav, who died while in the USA, is buried next to Rav Yosef. The burial was arranged and paid for by Rav Yosef and his cousins, who are also buried in the same row. If there are any questions, please post them and I will try to answer them.

  • 13 curios // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Is R. Chaim Lauer from Yerushalayim a son of the aforementioned R. Lazer who was a cousin of your grandfather?

  • 14 Cheskel // Apr 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  • 15 Gershon Markowitz // May 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

    Addition: Rav Chaim Lauer is the grandson of R Lazar Lauer

  • 16 Mordechai // May 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Which congregation Nachlas Tzvi was he mara deasra of? The one in Harlem?

  • 17 Joseph I. Lauer // May 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Rav Chaim Lauer of Yerushalayim, the son of R. Jack Lauer z”l of Baltimore, is a grandson of R. Lazer Lauer, who was a brother of my grandfather, Rav Yosef Lauer. As noted by Cheskel, the information is contained in the geneology posted by Moishe Miller.

  • 18 azi // Jul 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Was another rav of Nachlas Tzvi named Mermelstein?

  • 19 יודל // Aug 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm


  • 20 YG // Oct 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    To Joseph I. Lauer, do you have any info on Private Hershel Lauer, a nephew of Rav Yosef Lauer, a frum soldier in the U.S. Army during WWI who perished in battle? He is interred in Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn. You may contact me through the website.

  • 21 YG // Oct 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I would appreciate if anyone can provide info on a nephew of Rav Yosef Lauer, Herschel Lauer, a frum soldier who perished in WWI and who is buried in Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn.

  • 22 Yochonon Hochhauser // Sep 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Herschel (Harry) Lauser was a son of R’ leizer Lauser (Leizer died Dec 4, 1923), R’ leizer was שו”ב בניו יארק brother of Rav Yosef Lauer,

    see Picture, from left to Right
    R’ Leizer Lauser (שו”ב), Rav Chaim Lauer (brother of Rav Nesanel and Rabbi of Zurich), Rav Josef Lauer

  • 23 prof.fried prag // Jan 26, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    my mother was the sister of rabbi josef lauer and of kantor chaim lauer,presov.My grandfather was rabbi Nesanel Lauer.I am living in Prag.My mother was the youngest doughter R. Nesanel and Mrs.Miler

  • 24 judy halberstam // Jan 21, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Rabbi Nesanel Lauer was my uncle. My great grandfather sister was Rabbi Nesanel wife.
    I put the article about Herschel Lauer in the Hamodia. That year I found his kever and took more then ten people to his kever on his yarhsit made a seyum and had someone say kaddish for him. I called some of his relatives to come…some of his direct family didn’t know anything about him. I am grateful that I had the zecuhes.
    He was drafted to fight for the USA in WW1
    He was killed in France buried in France. His father insisted pleaded did all he could he should be brought to America and be buried among Jews. For two years. I felt that I needed to do something for such a innocent nishama who left no children never married his own nieces and nephews had no clue he exsisted. I hoped that his nishama had an aliya,

  • 25 Natanel Lauer // Mar 11, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    How can I get in touch with Prof. Fried?

  • 26 Gershon Markowitz // May 13, 2018 at 3:54 am

    How can I get a copy of the article about Herschel Lauer in the Hamodia?


  • 27 i"m Blank // Oct 4, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    is this cong. with four names?
    b`nei israel
    nachlas zvi
    ansai ungaren
    linas hazedek

    located on 4th street between B & C ?

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