Bais Hachaim Where Rav Yeshaya Kerestir's Brother Buried Closed on Yahrtzeit
Staten Island - The cemetery where the brother of Rav Yeshaya Kerestir zt”l is buried is reiterating that it is closed to visitors because of coronavirus fears and nobody should attempt going there on the yahrtzeit this Wednesday.
The Baron Hirsch Cemetery published a memo stating that it will remain closed to “all memorial and gatherings” until further notice. Interred in the cemetery is Rav Yehuda Tzvi Steiner zt”l, whose kever has become a makom tefilla in recent years, particularly on his yahrtzeit of 12 Iyar, and the yahrtzeit of his sainted brother on 3 Iyar.
Rav Yehuda Tzvi was Rav Yeshaya’s older brother, and he immigrated to the United States in 1891 and dealt in tashmishei kedusha. He also helped arrange for people to send kvittlach to his brother.
People started going to his kever after a person who wanted to go to Rav Yeshaya in Hungary was unable to. The rebbe appeared to him in a dream and said that he had a brother buried in New York and he should go there instead.
The cemetery warned that anyone caught violating the ban “will be arrested and or summons for trespassing.”