YOYSEF-ELHOYU (YOSEF ELIYAHU) HENKIN (1885-1973)
He was born in Klimovitsh (Klimavichy), Byelorussia, into a rabbinic family. He studied in various yeshivas and received ordination into the rabbinate. Until 1923 he was rabbi and yeshiva headmaster in several towns in Lithuania. In late 1923 he moved to the United States. He was a cofounder of the rabbinical relief organization “Ezrat Torah.” He was also active in Agudat Yisrael. He authored such religious texts as: Perushe ibra (Commentarial treatises on the Torah) (New York, 1925), 192 pp.; Berakha lemenaḥem, ledor aḥaron (Blessing for the comforter, to the last generation); and other works. In 1957 a collection of his treatises was published (in Hebrew-Aramaic and Yiddish), entitled Lev ibra (New York, 176 pp.). He contributed as well in Hebrew to: Hapardes (The orchard), Hamesila (The roadway), Hayehudi (The Jew), and Hamaor (The light); and in Yiddish to: Idishe shtime (Jewish voice), Der id (The Jew), Di ortodoksishe tribune (The Orthodox tribune), Dos idishe vort (The Jewish word), Shul-lebn (Synagogue life), and Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal), among others—in New York. He was last living in New York.
Sources: Osher (Oscar) Z. Rand, Toldot anshe shem (History of great men) (New York, 1940), p. 88; Kh. Liberman, in Forverts (New York) (February 20, 1959).