Today: 120th Yohrtzeit of Rav Yaakov Ehrenreich, Kever in Boro Park
It is difficult to believe, but America at the turn of the century boasted quite a number of tremendous talmidei chachomim—despite the fact that Jewish observance was in a terrible state.
Monday, 28 Sivan will mark the 120th yohrtzeit of one such a tzaddik; Rav Ehrenreich who served as a Rov on the Lower East Side, beginning in the 1880s and left behind generations of Torah-true descendants.
He was born in Sabrantz, Hungary and learned under the great Tzaddikim of Hungary. He became the son-in-law of the Rav Avrohom Yehuda Hakohen Schwartz, known as the Kol Aryeh.
In the 1880’s, the Ehrenreich family fled to America following an altercation with the local gentiles.
Their entire presence here was one of kiddush shem shomayim. He served as the Rov of Chevra Ahavas Yeshurun on the Lower East Side.
Some of his children remained in Europe where they developed into Gedolei Torah, and some of the time established beautiful Torah homes in America of yore. All of them remain a great credit to his legacy.
The tziyun regularly draws crowds on the day or the yohrtzeit, with many people joining each year.
The tziyun is located in Washington Cemetery’s Section 3, Post 291 – the Ahavas Yeshuren Anshei Ungaren chelkah – accessible from Bay Parkway or 21st Ave. There are yellow signs leading to the tziyun.