Rav Dovid Kaplan zt”l


candle-small5[Update below.] It is with great sadness that we report the passing a short while ago of Rav Dovid Kaplan zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Nachlas Tzvi of Toronto. As reported here, Rav Kaplan had been in critical condition and Klal Yisroel had been davening for a refuah sheleimah for Rav Dovid Noach ben Vichna, but his neshama returned to its Creator a short while ago on this Purim day. Rav Kaplan was a son of Rav Boruch and Rebbetzin Vichna Kaplan zt”l, founders of the Bais Yaakov in Brooklyn and pioneers of Yiddishkeit and chinuch in New York in the last century.

Rav Kaplan is survived by his rebbetzin, as well as a large family of bnei and bnos Torah. His married children are Rabbi Yitzchok Tzvi Kaplan of Lakewood, a son-in-law of Rav Elya Chaim Swerdloff, Rosh Yeshivas Paterson; Rabbi Yisroel Yaakov Kaplan of Staten Island; Rabbi Tuviah Kaplan of Lakewood; Mrs. Kempler, wife of Rabbi Avrohom Aryeh Kempler of Staten Island; Mrs. Simi Treff, wife of Rabbi Avrohom Treff of Lakewood; Mrs. Hoberman, wife of Rabbi Hoberman of Lakewood; and Mrs. Falk, wife of Rabbi Falk of Toronto.

The levaya will be held today at Yeshiva Nachlas Tzvi in Toronto.

May we only share simchos.

Yehi zichro boruch.

Update: A levaya will take place tomorrow morning, Shushan Purim, at 9: 15 a.m., at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood, NJ, with kevurah at the Lakewood bais hekavros at 10:15 a.m.

{Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. my heart cries for his outstanding family i have no words to console

    rav kaplan was a great genius a man of great personality

    stood up for what is right

    builder of a buitifull yeshiva

    a great marbitz torah

    rav kaplan had a great sence of humur

    a huge loss for klal yisroel

  2. All the Kaplan–Eidelman extended family are Malachei Hashores Mamush.
    Klal Yisroel will have a nechomo that he is with Tzaddikei Elyon, his parents, kedoishim tahoirim

  3. A true adom gadol.His life was a true kiddush hashem.We his talmidim a sefer on Him.A life of Torah Avoda and Yiraas shomayim.His hundreds of talmidim and people He was mashpia on , His choshuve Rebbetzin and children enable Him to continue being mekadesh shem shomayim.May His neshama have an aliya.

  4. The vastness of His gadlus are immeasurable and undescribable.I think i know something of his gadlus, but i don’t even know a scratch of the tip of the iceberg. I’m broken to the core, still now, because of his passing. Moshiach has to come now!!!!