Yad Hashem on Megilas Esther by Rabbi Abraham Aaron Yudelowitz, New York, 1923.

5u Yad Hashem_0001Rabbi Yudelowitz, although, perhaps better known for the last 22 years of his life, when he was in the United States, was a Rav in Manchester, England, for ten years, from 1898 to 1908.  He was born at Novardok, Russia, in 1850 and was recognised as a child prodigy.  In 1871, at the age of 21, he published his first book, Olim L’Mivehan.  He received Semicha (Rabbinical Ordination) from Rabbi Yom Tov Lipman of Bialystock, Poland.

He emigrated to England possibly before 1898 and quickly established himself in Manchester.  In 1898 he was appointed Rabbi of the New Synagogue in Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester.  In November 1898, his son, Rabbi Herman Myer Yidelowitz, was unanimously elected Rabbi of the Strangeways synagogue. 

Rabbi Elias Tumim was the first Russian Rabbi who held an elected position in the new Jewish immigrant portion of the Manchester community.  When he died, Rabbi Abraham Yudelowicz delivered a discourse at his stone-setting.   Rabbi Abraham Yudelowitz was already well-known in Jewish orthodox circles, and on January 7th 1899 was, together with the Chief Rabbi and other Rabbonim, present at the prize giving of the Great Garden Street Talmud Torah in the East End of London.

He left the New Synagogue in 1904 and became the first Rabbi of the United Shul, based in Park Street, Cheetham, which became the foundation of the Meade Hill Shul.  He was very popular and the New Shul was said to be always crowded.  It was normal for there to be a queue on the stairs leading up to the Shul, of people anxious to hear his Shabbos and Yom Tov sermons, or to attend his nightly Shiurim.

In 1905 Rabbi Yudelowitz became Rov of the Brodyer Shul – the United Shul was a breakaway from the Brodyer Shul.  Then, in 1908 he left for the United States where he was first at Sharei Tefilah in Boston, and then in New York.

He wrote many sforim, and this book Yad Hashem on Megillas Esther forms part of forms part of his five volume work, “Drash Av”.  Rabbi Yudelowitz died on 5th Shvat 5690 – 3rd February 1930.

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2 thoughts on “Yad Hashem on Megilas Esther by Rabbi Abraham Aaron Yudelowitz, New York, 1923.

  1. Thanks for the fine and informative post.

    The volume you feature in it was redone and reprinted by someone in NY a few years ago, a guy by name of ר’ משה צבי בערגער שליט”א, who has also put out other works of R. Yudelovich ז”ל. I think it would be a good idea for you two to connect, and exchange information. I could send you images of the later edition if you wish.

    Keep up the good work!

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