Rabbi Yosef Hofman z”l


candle-small5[Shivah info below.] It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rabbi Yosef Hofman z”l of Monsey, NY,┬ájust days after the petirah of his wife, Mrs. Ilse Hofman a”h. Reb Yosef was a founder of the Brisker Kollel in Monsey and Bais Mikrah of Monsey.

Reb Yosef suffered a stroke this past Shabbos, Parshas Vayechi, and Hatzolah paramedics were summoned. On the way to the hospital, his wife, Mrs. Hoffman, suffered a heart attack and was niftar shortly thereafter. Tefillos were said for Reb Yosef’s recovery as the family held a levaya for Mrs. Hoffman on Sunday and sat shivah for their dear mother.

Today, Reb Yosef’s neshama returned to its Creator.

The levaya will be held this evening, at 7:30, at Yeshiva of Spring Valley, located at 230 Maple Avenue in Monsey, NY.

Reb Yosef and Mrs. Ilse Hofman , who were predeceased by three daughters, are survived by their children, R’ Nosson Hofman, R’ Yaakov Hofman, R’ Binyomin Hofman and Mrs. Rochel Lemberger.

The family will be sitting shivah at 9 Sylvan Road, between Albert Drive and East View Road, in Monsey, NY. Shacharis is at 7:30 a.m., Mincha at 1 p.m. and Maariv at 8 p.m.

Umacha Hashem dimah mei’al kol ponim.

Yehi zichrom boruch.

{Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Reb Yosef was a real ben yeshiva. He came to Eretz Yisrael at a young age and became a Ponevezher talmid. In this country he was close to Hagaon Rav Avrohom Yaffen, and later was in constant contact with Maran Harav Shach, and was very close with Rav Moshe Soloveichik.
    Chaval al de’Avdin

  2. Reb Yosef was, I believe, the founder of Bais Mikra and the kolel which was known as the Brisker Kolel. At one time, when his own business interests were very successful, he was personally responsible for supporting the yungerleit. He was a talmid of Ponevez, back in the early days, and a mekurev of Rav Shach and of Rav Moshe Soloveichik. His father was a renowned surgeon and a mohel in Frankfurt-am-Main and later in Yerusholayim.
    Mrs. Hofman was from the Adler family who founded Adwe pharmaceuticals and brought kosher and Pesachdik products to the American orthodox community long before any large company was interested in obtaining hashgocho to serve our needs.
    These are two people who really accomplished a lot for our community, and raised a wonderful family, even when they suffered terrible tragedies they accepted them with true emuna.

  3. when a close reletive visited rav hoffmen 3 weeks ago he told him i will not leave my wife an almana-he also was the father of r’tzvi kaplan of a’y 1st wife

  4. Any time you tell someone “you should only have Simchos”
    you basically are saying, “you should be the next person to go”
    That being said, that still is better than losing children R”L.