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Rabbi Yosef Zelig Weisman

November 3rd, 2009 · 9 Comments

Rav in New York
d. 16 Sivan, 1908 (5668)
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Directions to kever:
Bayside Cemetery
80-35 Pitkin Avenue
Ozone Park, NY 11417
(Path V corner Path B, Enter at Path A, right on Path V until the end. Path V starts behind the Stich Mausoleum, the first mausoleum behind the office)
The cemetery is in disarray, use caution when visiting!!!
Photo Credit: In memory of Gittel b. Eliyahu.

Tags: New York · Pitkin Avenue Cemeteries · Queens / L.I., NY · Unknown

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YD Miller // Nov 3, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    From what I found, this Rabbi was here in the US at least as early as 1885.

    The tumbstone is really interesting, both, the Hebrew writings which represents his Geonos and the English paragraph which details his age to the days….

    I do find that in Subbolk, Poland, there was an author Rabbi Mordechai Zvi Ben Reb Yosef Zelig Halevi Weissman (Divrie Chachamim, Warsaw 1876, see link below) which is quite obviuos that he was related but I am still not sure exactly how.

    I also found in Providence RI listed in year 1896 “Reb Shabsi Ben Harav Yosef Zelig Halevi Weissman” which is probably a son of him.

    The truth is that the “Halevi Weissman” family dates back the Rav Yitchok Eizik Halevi Weissman of Magenza-Metz, Germany who was niftar 1804

  • 2 asher // Nov 25, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Rav Yoseph Zelig z”l was from Subalk. The 1st few years here in America he served as Rav in the Subalker Shul, NY (considered best litvishe shul of that time). After a short while he left his rabbonis and went into business becoming somewhat wealthy and was involved in all jewish charities and institutions.

    He was a member of the Eldridge Street Synagogue since it’s founding and was the oldest Rav at the time of his passing.

    Source: Yiddish TagBlatt, June 16 1908.

  • 3 YD Miller // Nov 26, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Is the Yiddish TagBlatt available online?

  • 4 asher // Nov 26, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    i wouldn’t know. my copy is from the NYP Library.

  • 5 asher // Nov 26, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    i can scan and email you whatever i got.

  • 6 YD Miller // Nov 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Thanks Asher for kindness I really appreciate it, at the moment I have nothing urgent that you should need to scan and email, but I lay away your offer.

    What were the dates of existense of the TagBlatt, and what are the other details behind it?

    You can always email me

    Thanks again


  • 7 lyi // Jun 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I was by this Tzadiks kever today is his yahrzeit. the cemetery is much better then it used to be, but still need real improvment

  • 8 YD Miller // Jul 23, 2014 at 11:33 am

    The Rav had a son Shansi Aba (Simon A.) Weisman who is buried a few rows behind the Rav Hakollel RJJ

  • 9 YD Miller // Jul 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    The before-mentioned son is also mentioned here:

    As the שו”ב in Providence

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