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Rabbi Yehoshua Seigel

November 21st, 2007 · 20 Comments

Rabbi Yehoshua Seigel

יהושע ב"ר משה יוסף

Sherpser Rav of New York City

Date of Death: Tue. February 22, 1910 - Adar I 13 5670

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Cemetery Details
8230 Cypress Hills Street
Ridgwood, NY 11385
United States

Phone: 212-477-2800
Fax: 212-9791006
Contact: Ephraim Jacobson


Cemetery Map:

Notes: The cemetery is small and overall well maintained. It's advisable to leave your car in the parking-lot due to extremely narrow paths and to let the caretaker know that you are inside. Some section have easier access via Union Field Cemetery.

Directions to Kever: Machpelah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens maintains offsite records, call their main office for directions and assistance. Location: Main Road to path number 23 where the road starts to flatten out, on the left side, 50 feet up the hill, look for candle box and yellow tree markings.

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: A sketch of Rav Yehoshua Seigel

Source: New York NY Press, February 23, (NPL)
Seigal Yehoshua Ad
Photo Caption: Article announcing the untimely passing of Rav Yehoshua Seigel’s son-in-law Mr. David C. Fine who was interred at Bayside on Pitkin Avenue, Source: The Jewish Morning Journal, June 27, 1906
Succa Lower East Side NYPL
Photo Caption:  Tenement sukkah c. 1897 Lower East Side, Credit: Museum of the City of New York

Photo caption: The noted askon, Mr. Ely Glaser of Kew Gardens Hills at the kever Rav Yehoshua Seigel on the yahrtzeit

Bio Information:
The Rav, who established an Eruv on the Lower East Side was considered the Chief Rabbi on New York City by many. This was a cause of great conflict between the Rav and  Chief Rabbi, Rav Yaakov Yosef Joseph (RJJ). Ironically, in a twist of fate, they are buried not far from each other.

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Map to the kever of Rav Yehoshua Seigal

Tags: Chief Rabbi · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bentzion R // Jan 13, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Wasn”t he also considered the Chief Rabbi of New York City?

  • 2 LitFish // Jan 13, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I believe his community was a breakaway.

  • 3 Grand Rebbe // Jan 13, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    How’s this for a twist of fait, although in different cemeteries, both Rav Seigal and RJJ are buried in a straight line about 300 feet apart.

  • 4 EruvRav // Jan 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    He established the first Eruv on the Lower East Side.

  • 5 R.N. // Jan 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Back in the 1920?s their was a big to-do regarding the Lower East Side Eruv.

  • 6 Grand Rebbe // Jan 16, 2009 at 4:28 am

    I think it utilized the elevated train tracks and the East River. In addition he leased the space from the City.

  • 7 Hock // Jan 19, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Rav Henkin was against renewing it.

  • 8 Miller // Jul 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    The Rav died a few hours after his Hesped at the funeral of his freind Rabbi Jacob Lewis.

    The two traveled together to Israel 2 years prior but had to return for health matters, and interestingley that both passed away that same day.

    Rabbi Segal was a descandant of Rabbi Akiva Eiger (The first) of Preshburgh.

  • 9 Miller // Jul 9, 2009 at 2:50 pm

  • 10 Ben Bee Zee // Jul 9, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    hus sefer אזני יהושע available on hebrew books

    there’s a wide discussion regarding his eiruv in יסודי ישורון

  • 11 Ben Bee Zee // Jul 9, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    look into the דברי המביא לבית הדפוס at the end of his sefer

  • 12 Miller // Jul 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks Ben BZ,
    All his children are listed there, none of them seemed to maintain any Rabbinic positions.

    BTW in his Sefer Chapter 21 he adresses the matter of Agunahs after a steam-boat tragedy that sunk on its way from Hamburg to the US.

  • 13 E.V. // Aug 26, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    The Rav has a young son that is buried alongside him and the Rebbetzin. I believe at the time of his passing he only had daughters.

  • 14 YD Miller // Jul 9, 2010 at 11:21 am

    The funeral of Rabbi Seigel in the NYT:

    It is mentioned that Rabbi Guzik of the Henry St. Synagogue conducted the services. Rabbi Menachem J. Guzik was a descendant of the Plotzker Gaon Reb Arye Leib Tzintz, he served as Rabbi in Poughkeepsie and later in the Henry St. Shul in NYC.

  • 15 Ben Bee Zee // Jan 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Rabbi Menachem Guzik was called the Makover Rav, he’s among those Rabbonim seen on the famous photo when Rabbi Yudelevitz and Margolis among otheres were in Washington DC in 1925 to visit President Calvin Coolidge.

    According to Moreshes Chachmei America records, Rabbi Guzik is buried in the Mount Lebenan Cemetery at
    Plot: 392
    Date of Death: 10/15/1943

    It would be appreciated if someone gets a photo of his grave.

  • 16 Chana // Feb 22, 2016 at 11:53 am

  • 17 Zalman // Mar 6, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Since the yahrzeit is on Shabbos, is anyone interested in going Friday around 10:30. Maybe we can have a minyan?

  • 18 Kenneth Applebaum // Feb 18, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    I tried to visit the Kever today on his Yahrtzeit but was unable to find it. The cemetery is not well maintained and the path numbers are illegible or not existent.

  • 19 Ken Applebaum // Feb 27, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    This year his yahrzeit is on Monday, March 9th. I would like to visit his kever on Sunday, March 8th. I once tried to go to the kever but I couldn’t find it. Would someone please help? Thanks.

  • 20 Rabbi Stern // Jul 15, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    In 1907, Rabbi Yehoshua Siegel, a renowned Talmudic authority who had immigrated to the Lower East Side from Poland, published Eruv V’Hotza’ah. He wrote: “With regard to the city of New York, where we are presently living, the issue has come before the trembling ones that it is possible to permit carrying on Shabbat throughout the East Side. The argument is that the water which surrounds it on three sides should be considered a complete wall because of its depth. The fourth wall is a door frame like none other: the elevated iron pathway which stretches the length of the city, from one end to the other, from the water of the southern tip, South Ferry, to the water at the northern tip, without any interruption to Harlem.” The eruv was soon refuted by other prominent rabbis and rejected en masse by Lithuanian Jews who also lived on the Lower East Side at the time.

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