It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Maran Hagaon Rav Zelik Epstein zt”l, rosh hayeshiva of Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah-Grodno in Queens and one of the ziknei hador. A gaon in Torah and one of the manhigei hador, Klal Yisroel has lost one of its brightest minds and last links to a generation gone by. He was 97.
A talmid of the Mirrer Yeshiva in Europe, Rav Epstein was one of the leaders of the post-World War II resurgence of the olam hayeshivos in the United States. He first taught in Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and later went on to found Yeshiva Shaar Hatorah-Grodno, named after the yeshiva of his rebbetzin‘s legendary grandfather, Rav Shimon Shkop zt”l. Rav Epstein became recognized as one of the gedolim and representations of authentic daas Torah in the United States.
The levaya will take place today at 2:30 p.m. at Yeshiva Shaar HaTorah-Grodna, located at 11706 84th Avenue in Kew Gardens, Queens. Kevurah is slated to take place in Eretz Yisroel.
Yehi zichro boruch.