אבל בעולם התורה – Rav Don Ungarischer zt”l

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rav-don-ungarischerIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Don Ungarischer zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Bais Medrash Elyon in Monsey. He was 88.

Rav Ungarischer, who was born in Vienna, was one of the last links to the bygone world of pre-war Europe and one of the senior American roshei yeshiva of our time. Rav Ungarischer was taken to the hospital at about 2:30 a.m. after suffering a heart attack. He was niftar about 30 minutes ago.

Rav Ungarischer was a son-in-law of Rav Reuven Grozovsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Kamenitz and later Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and Bais Medrash Elyon. Rav Reuven’s shiurim which were compiled in the set of seforim titled Chiddushei Rav Reuven, which have become classic in the yeshiva world and are among the important seforim used with great frequency by bnei yeshiva and roshei yeshiva alike, were edited by Rav Ungarischer.

Rav Ungarischer devoted decades of his life to harbotzas haTorah, leading both the yeshiva in Monsey and the Bais Medrosh Elyon branch in Bnei Brak, which is headed by Rav Don’s son, Rav Yerachmiel Ungarischer. Rav Don was recognized for his unceasing hasmadah and the depth and breadth of his yedios haTorah. He raised generations of talmidim, instilling in them ahavas haTorah and ahavas Hashem. His passing leaves a deep void across the Olam HaTorah.

He leaves behind a beautiful family of bnei and bnos Torah, talmidei chachomim and gedolei Torah. His children include Rav Yerachmiel Ungarischer, rosh yeshiva of Bais Medrash Elyon of Bnei Brak; Rav Boruch Ber Ungarischer; Rav Shimshon Ungarischer; Rebbetzin Falk; Rebbetzin Swiatitzky; Rebbetzin Handler; and Rebbetzin Malin, wife of Rav Isser Yehudah Malin, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Knesses Yehudah in Yerushalayim. He is also survived by his siblings-in-law, Rav Shamshon Grozovsky and Rebbetzin Rochel Krupenia, children of Rav Reuven Grozovsky. He was predeceased by his son, Rav Refoel Reuvain Ungarischer zt”l.

The levaya will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Bais Medrash Elyon in Monsey, followed by a brief levaya at John F. Kennedy International Airport, from where the aron will be flown to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah.

Yehi zichro boruch.

Click below for a video of Rav Ungarischer at the dedication two years ago of the Yaakov and Ilana Melohn Bais Medrosh Elyon Building in Neve Achiezer, Bnei Brak:

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{Shmiel Gellman-Matzav.com Newscenter}

23 COMMENTS

  1. As a bochur learning in Bais Shraga, my chavrusah and I would occasionally visit BME and we got to speak to Rav Don a few times. His middos were sterling and everything was said with a smile. You could see that he was saturated with Torah and that brought out true simcha.
    Mi yitein lonu temuraso.

  2. Tu #5, yodeia sefer
    There is no brother Shamshon. It’s his brother in law as the article says. He had only one brother, my grandfather, R’ Yisroel Yitzchok Ungarischer A”H, &amp one sister, Ettel (Elsie) Mandel A”H.

  3. Rav Don was from the chashuvim of the Torah world. His middos were as impressive as his greatness in Torah. We are bereft. It was always a treat just to see and greet the rosh yeshiva. His face would light up a room.

  4. WHEN YOU SEE A GODOL YOU GIVE HIM SHOLOM ALEICHEM WHICH I DID WHEN I FIRST MET R’ UNGARISHER ZT’L I NEVER LEARNT BY HIM BUT THE SHALOM ALEICHEM HE GAVE ME WITH SUCH HADROS PONIM WAS SO UPLIFTING AND WARM I WAS SO ELATED SOME TIME LATER A FRIEND OF MINE GOT A HELLO FROM HIS ROSH KOLLEL WHO IS USUALLY VERY RESERVED HE TELLS ME DID YOU SEE THAT I SAID YO HIM LET ME TELL YOU A STORY…… ZICHRONO TZADIK LIVROCHO TEHI NISHMOSO TZRURO BITZROR HACHAIM

  5. Baruch dayan Emess.

    Another fine Jew whos zchusim klal yisroel could have used thse days.

    Not a happy way to start off a new year,

    Alteh Bucher

  6. So sad.

    We were all just dancing around him a week ago on Simchas Torah.

    We were all singing ?? ???? ????, ????? ???? ?????, ?????? ??. Who can forget the site!! Reb Don with his eyes closed holding the small Sefer Torah. Watching his hergeshim shine through when they were singing ???? ?? ????? ?????. The seen keeps playing over and over in my mind!!

    During Hakofos, I rushed my children over to Reb Don. I told them to get a good look of him. I told them that this briah is almost extinct! A true Gadol. A true Odom!!

    He gave me and my family such warm heartfelt brachos. He was so b’simcha. Such Hadras Ponim. Who would have imagined that just a week later….

  7. the maspidim were
    1) horav reuvain feinstein
    2) the rosh yeshiva horav yisroel falk
    3) horav yerachmiel ungarisher, nephew
    4) noverminsker rebbe
    5) horav moshe green
    6) horav malkiel kotler
    7) horav dovid shustel
    8) horav yerachmiel censor
    9) rav boruch ber ungarisher
    10) horav shimshon ungarisher

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