Rav Emanuel Gettinger zt”l


rav-mendel-gettingerIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Emanuel (Mendel) Gettinger zt”l.

Rav Gettinger served as the rov of Young Israel of the West Side in New York City. He also served with great devotion as the president of Ezras Torah and led the Derech Chochma Yeshiva Education Network.

Rav Gettinger was the first rov of the Young Israel of the West Side and served the kehillah for almost 60 years.

In his youth, he learned at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Chaim Berlin in Brooklyn, NY, and was a talmid of the rosh yeshiva, Rav Yitzchok Hutner zt”l.

Rav Gettinger was married to Rebbetzin Rochel Gettinger, a daughter of the famed Rav Naftali Zvi Yehuda Riff zt”l and a great-granddaughter of the Netziv, Rav Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin of Volozhin.

Rav Gettinger, a brilliant talmid chochom, authored his magnum opus, Menach Yoma, which has groundbreaking insights into the shitah of Rabbeinu Tam regarding bein hashemashos.

Rav Gettinger spread Torah for many decades and impacted the lives of numerous people who were influenced by his wide-ranging Torah knowledge and depth of his caring heart.

Rav Gettinger passed away today, Shushan Purim, in Chicago, where he had been residing at his daughter’s home.

The levaya will take place this Sunday, March 8th, at 2 p.m., at the Young Israel of the West Side, located at 210 West 91st Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam, in Manhattan.

Kevurah will take place in Eretz Yisroel.

Rav Gettinger is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Rochel Gettinger; his sister,  Rosilyn Eichen; his three children, Rav Refoel Moshe Gettinger, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Medrash Chaim in Lakewood, NJ; Rav Yisrael Gettinger, rov of Cong. Bnei Torah of Indianapolis; and Mrs. Sarah Ungar; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rebbetzin Gettinger, Rabbi Yisroel Gettinger and Mrs. Sarah Ungar will be sitting shivah in Chicago. Rav Raphael Moshe Gettinger will sit shivah in Lakewood until Tuesday and then in Chicago on Wednesday.

Yehi zichro boruch.

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  1. A tremendous loss for Klal Yisrael. Rav Gettinger was an “old school” rav who taught, paskened, and led the people in his ambit. He was a Talmid Chacham of unparalleled stature and scholarship. Yehi zichro baruch.

  2. It is with great sadness that I and my wife learned of this great loss. Rabbi Gettinger was a giant of Torah and a giant of a man. He will be sorely missed by everyone who had the fortune to have known him.

  3. Rabbi Gettinger held an advance degree in mathematics from Columbia University and also did graduate work in engineering. Brilliant man.

    He handed the day to day operations of the YI of WS shul over to Rabbi Dovid Cohen in 2006 or so

  4. I always think of Rabbi Gettinger as my rebbe. At Columbia University in the ’60s (we were once in the same math class there!) he gave a gemara shiur in which he taught us his methodology in learning which propelled me (and my friend Mel Barenholtz) into the highest shiur in Kerem B’Yavneh with no other preparation when we learned there in 1963-4. Before marriage he sat with me in a personal havruta on the relevant halakhot (it is unheard of that a hatan learns the halakhot of taharat hameshpacha from his rebbe). Though we have been living in Israel since 1977, we continued to consult him on every critical issue. His answers to my questions were not meant for the internet, but were tailored to our situation, which is the classical way to pasken. There is lots more to say, but I will just mention his outstanding children who are carrying on his legacy.

  5. He was also the Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva of New Haven Connecticut

    HE CAME From a family of Boyaner chasidim who came here from Galitzia around WW1, he learned at yeshiva Chaim 0Berlin where he was one of the most esteemed talmidim of Harav Hutner, he married into an illustrious rabbonishe mishpacha–his father-in-law was Rabbi Rif, president of Ezras Torah and Volozhiner descendant.

    Rabbi Gettinger had a wide-ranging knowledge and was also a mathematician. He had a chabura of college students whom he encouraged to become real benei Torah and many of his talmidim looked at him as their rebbe and mentor for the rest of their lives. One of his talmidim founded a yeshiva in New Haven and Rav Gettinger served as rosh yeshiva there will coming home to Manhattan and his rabbonus for Shabbos. There were many people who benefited greatly from his Torah wisdom and encouragement

  6. Could I please have a phone number & times to call for Reb Yisroel in Chicag, David Kana, Melbourne Australia.

  7. Can anyone please give details of the Kevurah in Eretz Yisrael. It would mean so much to us, especially my husband, if would could be present.

  8. Hamokom yenachem eschem

    our fathers as you know were from the first talmidim of Rav Hutner ZL. The zeide Rav Riff

    ZL read the kesuba at two of my siblings

    as my fathers first job was in Camden NJ where

    the zeide was Rav and kept in contact for many

    years with the Zeide and your father ZL My

    father spoke many times About the great

    lamdan that your Farher ZL was.

    From Elchonon Ebert Doyelestown PA

  9. I heard the Kevurah is in Har Menuchos at 18:30

    Deep loss for Klal Yisrael and each member of our family personally

  10. Who even remembers all the accomplishments….. he was a person who learned with hasmodo all the years, not like the typical synagogue rabbi. He founded a kolel in the West Side in the 60s, called Bait Ulpana, when community kolelim were unheard of. He had a unique perspective on many halacha questions. Wow, what a person and could be sweet as sugar and entertain little children one moment, and exchange brilliant Torah thoughts in the next. SHarp, outspoken, and gave up much of his own life for the heritage of his father-in-law

  11. He was a great Talmid Chacham. I will truly miss his Shabbat drashot which displayed his incredible erudition and his boundless love of Clal Yisrael. His Shabbat Teshuva drashot were unsurpassed masterpieces.

  12. I was in his shiur at Touro. Very unique and stimulating. I remember it well to this day. His sefer Mnach Yoma is incredible. Yihu Zichro Baruch!