This Monday marks the 105th yahrtzeit of Harav Gedalyahu Yosef Bernstein, zt”l. Harav Bernstein arrived in the United States in 5651/1890 from the city of Smilowitz, which was in Minsk, in modern-day Belarus and settled in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, where he dedicated his time and energy to growth in Torah and avodas Hashem. According to the text on his matzeivah, he finished Shas every three years. Harav Bernstein’s home was a meeting place for Gedolim and Rabbanim.
He was niftar on 3 Cheshvan 5669/1908 and brought to rest at Washington Cemetery, on the outskirts of Boro Park, in the presence of a large crowd of mourners.
Over the last several years, numerous Yidden have visited the kever to daven for yeshuos
and as an expression of hakaras hatov to a person who was a beacon of chizuk to Yidden in Brownsville in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Harav Bernstein’s kever is located in section 3 of the cemetery, on Sacks Road between Bay Parkway and 21st Avenue, row 295, in the Chevra Machzikei Hadas Anshei Sfard chelka; the kever is the fourth from the right.
Sunday has been designated for women to visit the tziyun while men will visit on Monday. The section will be open for extended hours — 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. — on these two days. Special arrangements to facilitate parking will be available on 21st Avenue outside the cemetery to accommodate visitors.