This coming Monday marks the 97th yahrtzeit of Harav Eliezer Chaim Rabinowitz, the Yampole Rebbe, zt”l. Hundreds of people are expected to come to Mount Judah Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens, to be mispallel at the tziyun that day.
Reb Eliezer Chaim was born in 1849 to Harav Baruch of Yampole, zt”l, known as Reb Baruch of Yass, who was a grandson of Harav Baruch of Mezhibuzh, zt”l (grandson of the Baal Shem Tov), and a great-grandson of Harav Yechiel Mechel of Zlotchov, zt”l.
In his youth, Reb Eliezer Chaim learned under Harav Menachem Nachum of Stefenesht (a son of Harav Yisrael of Ruzhin, zt”l) for five years.
The Rebbe visited the United States in 1913, intending to be here temporarily and ultimately continue on to Eretz Yisrael, but due to the outbreak of World War I, he was forced to remain. He was niftar due to illness in New York on 5 Iyar 5676/1916.
His sefer Siach Eliezer contains his deep divrei Torah on the parshiyos hashavuah and other topics, as well as Yeshuos Yisrael, stories about the Baal Shem Tov.
His grandson (the son of his son Harav Baruch Pinchas, who was Rebbe in Skolya, Galicia) Harav Dovid Yitzchok Eizik Rabinowitz, the Skolya Rebbe, zt”l, in Skolya and later in Brooklyn until his petirah in 1979, was revered by many for his gadlus b’Torah and koach hatefillah.
On the day of the yahrtzeit, Yidden representing various communities in the New York area are expected to visit the kever. The Yampole Rebbe’s kever is visited throughout the year as well by those who wish to daven for yeshuos for both individual and communal needs in these challenging times. The Rebbe’s tziyun is located in close proximity to those of many other Torah luminaries.
Mount Judah Cemetery is located at 81-14 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens, just off Exit 2 on the Jackie Robinson Parkway. The tziyun is located in the right side of the cemetery after the turn-off from the parkway, at the corner of Lebanon Road and Sinai Avenue, recognizable by the very large candle box.
Zechuso yagein alenu.