It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports that passing of Hagaon Harav Moshe Mordechai Chodosh zt”l, rosh yeshivah of Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon in Yerushalayim, who battled serious illness on and off for months. He was 75.
Rav Chodosh was re-hospitalized earlier this week at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Yerushalayim. The rosh yeshiva had been in and out of the hospital for months and recently underwent a series of harsh treatments and then returned to his daily routine. However, he again felt unwell and was thus taken to the hospital. He passed earlier today.
Rav Chodosh was rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon, which was founded by Rav Simcha Wasserman zt”l. Rav Chodosh was appointed by Rav Simcha to carry on Rav Elchonon Wasserman’s legacy.
The network of Ohr Elchonon yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel was founded by Rav Simcha upon his arrival in Eretz Yisroel over 30 years ago.With the enthusiastic backing of Rav Moshe Feinstein, the Steipler Gaon and Rav Elazar Menacem Man Shach, Rav Simcha established Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon in the Ezras Torah neighborhood of Yerushalayim. Rav Simcha headed the yeshiva but asked Rav Meir Chodosh, the legendary mashgiach of the Chevron Yeshiva, to serve as mashgiach, and his son, Rav Moshe Mordechai, to serve as rosh yeshiva.
The yeshiva expanded to include its main branch in Yerushalayim, with hundreds of talmidim, and three other branches, in Tiverya – the first successful yeshiva in Tiverya in over 70 years, in Rishon L’tzion, and in Kiryat Brachfeld in Modiin Illit. Rav Moshe Mordechai served as the rosh yeshiva of all of the yeshivos and appointed his talmidim, students of the original Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon some 30 years ago, to serve as maggidei shiur in the satellite yeshivos.
Rav Chodosh was a remarkable manhig, maggid shiur and mashpiah, one of the leading roshei yeshivos of his day, whose yedios haTorah were complemented by his power to influence and mold bnei Torah of all ages. His passing has plunged thousands of talmidim and followers into mourning.
Rav Moshe Mordechai was born in Kislev 5701 in Yerushalayim to Rav Meir Chodosh, mashgiach of Yeshivas Chevron, and Rebbetzin Tziviah Leah, daughter of Rav Naftali Menachem Hutner, rov in Eishishok, Lithuania, and Rebbetzin Kreina.
Rav Moshe Mordechai was named after Rav Moshe Mordechai Epstein zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Slabodka, brother of Rav Moshe Mordechai’s grandmother, Rebbetzin Kreina.
In his formative years, Reb Moshe Mordechai learned in Yeshivas Chevron, where he forged a close relationship with the Roshei Yeshivah.
Rav Moshe Mordechai was a son-in-law of Rav Yehoshua Dov Lapin zt”l, who, in turn, was a son-in-law of Rav Chizkiyahu Yosef Mishkovsky zt”l.
Rav Chodosh’s siblings are Rav Aharon Chodosh, mashgiach of Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim; Rav Naftali Chodosh, mashgiach of Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon; Rav Yosef Chodosh; and Rebbetzin Shulamis Ezrachi, wife of Rav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ateres Yisroel.
Rav Chodosh is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Sarah, and doros yeshorim umevorachim: Rav Chaim Aryeh Chodosh, Rav Yitzchok Chodosh, Rav Yehoshua Dov Chodosh, Rav Dovid Shimon Chodosh, and Rav Elchonon Chodosh; his daughter, Rebbetzin Batsheva Cohen, wife of Rav Tzvi Pesach Cohen, son of Rav Dovid Cohen, rosh yeshiva of Chevron Yeshiva; Rebbetzin Michal Weinfeld, wife of Rav Tzvi Eliezer Weinfeld; Rebbetzin Yael Chana Rottenberg, wife of Rav Ze’ev Rottenberg; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren who continue in his ways, carrying on the great legacy he bequeathed to his family.
The levayah will be held at Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon in Yerushalayim at 4:30 p.m. Kevurah will follow on Har Hamenuchos.
Yehi zichro boruch.
David Steger-Matzav.com Israel