Rav Ikah (Yitzchok) Yisraeli zt”l


rav-ikah-yisraeliIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Ikah “Yitzchok” Yisraeli zt”l, one of the most well recognized baalei teshuvah in Eretz Yisroel and a leader of the teshuvah movement in the 1980s and 1990s. He was 79.

Born in 1930, R’ Yitzchok, known to all simply as Ikah, was quite influential among the liberal community in Israel until he turned his life around beginning in 1970, at which time he embarked on a life of Torah and mitzvos.  Ikah was a brother-in-law and good friend of Rav Uri Zohar, renowned leader of the teshuvah movement in Eretz Yisroel.

Ikah was from the first students at Yeshiva Ohr Someach for baal teshuvah, and had a close relationship with MK Rav Avraham Ravitz z”l, who impacted him greatly.

Upon settling in the Shaarei Chesed neighborhood of Yerushalayim, Ikah was greatly influenced by Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l  and Rav Shalom Schwadron zt”l, the renowned posek and maggid respectively. For a short period of time, Ikah resided in Tifrach in the Negev where he was influenced by Rav Moshe Shapiro and Rav Aviezer Piltz.

Ikah had a tremendous desire to learn and to know, and this led him to forge relationships with numerous rabbonim and roshei yeshiva.

In recent years, Ikah resided in the Mattesdorf neighborhood of Yerushalayim and then in Telshe-Stone.

He touched untold numbers of lives and inspired many Yiddishe neshamos to come closer to their Father in heaven and take on a life of shemiras hamitzvos.

The levaya was held today on Shamgar. The niftar was buried on Har Hamenuchos next to Rav Ravitz.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}