Rav Yaakov Galinsky zt”l

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rav-yaakov-galinskyIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Yaakov Galinsky zt”l, one of the senior maggidim of our time. He had been hospitalized at Mayanei Hayeshuah Hospital in Bnei Brak and passed away today.

Rav Galinsky was 93.

Rav Galinsky was renowned for his wit and unique ability to impart inspiring words of hisorerus. He was a talmid of the Novardok Yeshiva in Bialistock, where he learned during the 1930s under Rav Avrohom Yaafen, son-in-law of the Alter of Novardok.  In 1941, he was exiled to Siberia with a group of hundreds of yeshiva bochurim. Post-World War II, he married his rebbetzin, spent a period of time in the DP camps in Germany, and in 1949 immigrated to Eretz Yisroel and settled in Bnei Brak.

Rav Galinsky was extremely close to the Chazon Ish and the Steipler Gaon. In the 1950s, he became rosh yeshiva in Rosh Haayim and expended great efforts to impact the youth of the Yemenite community. In the 1960s, he led the Novardok Yeshiva in Chadeirah along with Rav Elchanan Perlmutter, also a Novardok talmid.

For years, Rav Galinsky visited immigrant communities throughout Eretz Yisroel to be mechazeik and uplift the residents there. His drashos, based on the Novardok school of thought and hashkafah, inspired thousands across the globe.

The levaya will taek place at 7:30 p.m. at Rav Galinsky’s home of Rechov Chiddushei Harim in Bnei Brak. It will pass the Lederman Shul on Rechov Rashbam and then proceed to the Ponovezher cemetery, where kevurah will take place.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

14 COMMENTS

  1. Baruch Dayan HaEmes

    What a tragedy-& loss- we caused cause we cant get our act together & do teshuva WHAT ARE WE ALL WAITING FOR? has klal yisroel gotten the message from Hashem-waiting for us to start doing teshuva-have YOU done anything yet? how many more tragedies & Tzaddikim will it take C”V before we wake up & start doing teshuva? OVER 20 GEDOLEI HADOR have passed away within the past year R”L. HOW MANY MORE DO WE NEED TO LOSE C”V to let hashem know that we get the message for klal yisroel to start doing teshuva ASAP?

    note:lots of the gedolim this past year were niftar R”L in the 70?s or 80?s this was not enough to wake us up to teshuva

    wish we would wake up and see the message from Hashem to start doing teshuva, so we would stop losing our leaders & guidance in klal yisroel.

    LAST 5 RECENT GEDOLEI HADOR NIFTAR (over less then a month time & at young ages)
    Rabbi Shimon Cohen of Ashdod ZT”L,-Rosh Yeshivas Torah Ohr-December 8 2013-67

    HaRav Binyamin Batzri ZT”L-Rosh Yeshivat Beit Yosef & Rabbi of Kiryat Chareidis-December 16 2013-57

    the Sokolover-Kotzker Rebbe, Rav Mendel Meir Morgenstern zt”l, -December 23 2013-92

    Rav Asher Zelig Rubenstein zt”l,-rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Simcha in Yerushalayim-December 29 2013-71.

    Rav Ephraim Greenblatt zt”l, the Revivos Ephraim-renowned senior posek and longtime rov of Memphis, Tennessee.-January 3, 2014-81

    Look at their ages & how we are losing our Gedolim constantly

    May all of Klal yisroel start doing teshuva NOW-before tragedy strikes again C”V-& THEN mashiach will come b’karov

    May His neshama have an aliya

  2. LAST 5 RECENT GEDOLEI HADOR NIFTAR (over less then a month time & at young ages)
    Rabbi Shimon Cohen of Ashdod ZT”L,-Rosh Yeshivas Torah Ohr-December 8 2013-67

    HaRav Binyamin Batzri ZT”L-Rosh Yeshivat Beit Yosef & Rabbi of Kiryat Chareidis-December 16 2013-57

    the Sokolover-Kotzker Rebbe, Rav Mendel Meir Morgenstern zt”l, -December 23 2013-92

    Rav Asher Zelig Rubenstein zt”l,-rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Simcha in Yerushalayim-December 29 2013-71.

    Rav Ephraim Greenblatt zt”l, the Revivos Ephraim-renowned senior posek and longtime rov of Memphis, Tennessee.-January 3, 2014-81

    Look at their ages & how we are losing our Gedolim constantly

    May all of Klal yisroel start doing teshuva NOW-before tragedy strikes again C”V-& THEN mashiach will come b’karov

    May His neshama have an aliya

  3. Yechial Menachem: How do you know we aren’t teshuva ? When were you appointed the Mashgiach of World Jewry. We are all suffering enough, you dont need to point fingers.

  4. The yesod to remember is his famous drasha; The way the stipler said “Shinina Chatof vechol chatoif ushesa Chatif chatif chatif chatif.”

  5. Mehu I agree with you. I get a distinctly uncomfortable feeling when I read these Teshuva calls which sound almost like rants. The teshuva call needs to be internal to oneself. We should leave public teshuva calls to the Roshei Yeshiva to their own Talimidim, Admorim to their own chasidim and Rabonim to their own Mispalelim.

  6. how sad. another talmid of novardok gone. soon there will be none left to be a living testimony to a remarkable link in the masora of european torah that so uniquely set the table for the torah in this generation.

    without the few novardoker that were left a treasure box of that particular brand of bitachon and milchemes hayeitzer will be sealed and gone.

    Reb Yakov Galinsky was not just a maggid , he was a the last representative of r’ yoizel, r’ avrohom yoffen, r’ ben tzion bruk, r’ hilel vitkind,r’ chaim zeitchik,r’ gershon liebman,
    etc.

    there is no one left to convey the glory of that particular brand of mesar.

    yehei zichro boruch

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