Sunday 21 June 2015


ELIYAHU GORDON (February 27, 1865-December 19, 1932)
            The father of Hirsh-Leyb Gordon, he was born in the town of Myadl, Vilna region, into a devout household.  He studied in a religious elementary school and yeshivas, among them with R. Khayim Soloveitchik and R. Yitskhok Elchanan Spektor in Kovno, from whom he received rabbinic ordination.  He served as rabbi in Dugelishok, Vidz (Vidzy) where he was also head of the yeshiva, Kamay, and Vilna.  In 1923 he emigrated to the United States and there he was a rabbi and preacher.  He authored such religious works as: Divre eliyahu (The words of Eliyahu), two parts (Vilna, 1903); Dimeot haashukim (Tears of the oppressed) (Vilna, 1907), 52 pp.; Yisrael baamim (Israel among the nations) (Vilna, 1914); Maarkhot yisrael (Systems of Israel) (Warsaw, 1926), 174 pp.; and Seder eliyahu (The order of Eliyahu) (Warsaw, 1932), 215 pp.  Over the years 1923-1932, he published articles on Jewish practices and traditions, as well as on education, in Yidishes tageblat (Jewish daily newspaper) and Morgn-zhurnal (Morning journal) in New York.  He died in New York.

Source: H. L. Gordon, Rabbi Elijah Gordon, His Life and Works (New York, 1926), 33 pp.

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