It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Dov Yoffe zt”l, mashgiach of Yeshiva Knesses Chizkiyahu in Kfar Chassidim and one of Eretz Yisroel’s senior gedolei Torah and mechanchim. One of the generation’s great baalei mussar, he was 89.
Rav Yoffe, who has experienced various medical challenges over the last year, was in critical condition yesterday and had been placed in a medically induced coma as doctors labored to stabilize him. He passed away this morning.
Over four decades ago, Yeshiva Knesses Chizkiyahu’s legendary rosh yeshiva, Rav Elya Lopian zt”l, sang “Ohr Zorua Latzaddik” in honor of Rav Yoffe, who was many decades his junior. Rav Yoffe impacted the Torah world with his Torah, hashkafah, wise counsel and living example of avodas Hashem.
Rav Yoffe was a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Degel Hatorah.
A descendant of the Levush, Rav Dov was born in Vilna, Lithuania, on 15 Sivan 1928. He was a son of Rav Yechezkel and Rebbetzin Tova Gittel Yoffe. In 1935, the Yoffe family immigrated to Eretz Yisroel, where they resided in Tel Aviv. Rav Dov first studied at Yeshivas Hayishuv Hachodosh in Chevron, then in Ponovezh Yeshiva and Slabodka Yeshiva.
Rav Dov married his wife Rebbetzin Rivkah (who was a yesomah and was raised by her uncle, Rosh Yeshivas Chevron Rav Aharon Cohen) and was later appointed as a mashgiach at Yeshivas Knesses Chizkiyahu, which was led by its menahel, Rav Elya Lopian, who passed away in 1970 and was succeeded by Rav Dov, who relocated to Rechasim.
He leaves behind his wife and his children, Rav Yechezkel Tzvi Yoffe, Rav Mordechai Yoffe, Rebbetzin Nechama Devora Weiss, Rebbetzin Menucha Aiber, Rebbetzin Tova Basya Ehrenfreund, and Rebbetzin Edna Sharon.
The levayah will take place at 1 p.m. in Kiryat Sanz, Netanya, and then at 3 p.m. at Yeshiva Kol Yaakov in Bayit Vegan, Yerushalayim, where Rav Yoffe served as mashgiach for 40 years. At 8 p.m., the levayah will continue at Yeshiva Knesses Chizkiyahu in Kfar Chassidim, followed by kevurah.
Yehi zichro boruch.
(Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}