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Rabbi Dr. Bernard Drachman (1861, New York City - March 12, 1945, New York City) was a leader of Orthodox Judaism in the United States at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Drachman was born to parents who were immigrants from Galicia and Bavaria. After studying in a Hebrew preparatory school, Drachman earned a B.A. from Columbia College. He earned a scholarship at the Jewish Theological Seminary of Breslau where he received his rabbinic ordination. He also earned a Ph.D from the University of Heidelberg.

In 1890, Drachman began serving as rabbi in the Park East Synagogue, where he led for the next fifty-five years. Drachman was president of the Orthodox Union and professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

He translated Samson Raphael Hirsch's The Nineteen Letters of Ben Uziel into English.


  • Levine, Yitzchak. A Forgotten Champion of American Orthodoxy. Accessed July 21, 2007.

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