Rav Koppelman Back in the Hospital


rav-koppelmanAll are asked to daven for Rav Yitzchok Dov Koppelman, the zekan roshei hayeshivos, the venerated senior rosh yeshiva of our time, who was once again hospitalized last night at a local hospital after feeling weak.

This hospitalization comes just several weeks after doctors discovered various concerns with the rosh yeshiva‘s kidneys and performed a procedure. The rosh yeshiva had improved and gone home, only to be taken to the hospital again last night.

Rav Koppelman, who is said to be 105 years old, is the rosh yeshiva of the Lucerne Yeshiva in Switzerland.

His talmidim relate that his condition at this time is serious. 

Rav Koppelman, a prime disciple of Rav Shimon Shkop zt”l in Grodno, first led the yeshiva in Heide before World War II. In 1946, he established Yeshiva Eitz Chaim in Kappelen, and the yeshiva later moved to Wilrijk, Belgium. In the United States, Rav Koppelman was first a maggid shiur at Yeshivas Bais Eliezer in Williamsburg, founded and headed by Rav Shlomo Hakohen Rotenberg zt”l, rov of the Agudah Shul and author of Toldos Am Olam. Later, Rav Koppelman established Yeshiva Shaarei Yosher in Williamsburg, which later moved to and is presently in Boro Park.

Rav Koppelman subsequently became rosh yeshiva in Lucerne, Switzerland, succeeding Rav Moshe Soloveitchik there. Until last year, he continued to give regular daily shiurim and was in the bais medrash most hours of the day, making himself fully accessible to his talmidim.

The public is asked to daven for Rav Yitzchok Dov ben Feigah l’refuah sheleimah.

{Shmiel Gellman-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Sorry, but the details are wrong.
    Rav Koppelman only arrived in Belgium after WWII and was appointed Rosh Yeshiva by the kehilo in Antwerp at their yeshivo.

  2. thank u #1 Rabbi Koppelman spent the war years in Siberia where with great difficulty held on to rabbi Shkop’s writings.regardless of his real age we pray for his speedy recovery!