Rav Yitzchok Karpf zt”l


rav-karpfIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Yitzchok Karpf zt”l, a maggid shiur at Mesifta Bais Shraga of Monsey, NY. Rav Karp, who learned under Rav Shlomo Heiman zt”l in Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, was a son-in-law of Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz zt”l. Rav Karpf was renowned for his knowledge of Torah and his true ahavas haTorah. He lived a life devoid of gashmiyus and spent his nine decades on Earth dedicated to the service of the Ribono Shel Olam. His greatness in Torah was recognized when he was a young man and he was appointed as a maggid shiur in Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. Later, he went on to serve as the tenth grade maggid shiur in Mesifta Beth Shraga in Monsey, which is led by his brothers-in-law, Rav Sheya Shiff, a brother of Rav Yaakov Shiff, son-in-law of the Brisker Rov, and Rav Shmuel Mendlowitz, son of Rav Shraga Feivel.

Rav Karpf, who lived on Elyon Road in Monsey, did not have an easy life, yet he maintained a positive disposition and never wavered in his devotion to Torah and avodah. Rav Karpf had only one child, who suffered from Down’s Syndrome. He was predeceased by his first wife, and later remarried. Despite these and other trials and tribulations, Rav Karpf was a model of bitachon and emunah, demonstrating the supremacy of Torah and Torah living above all else.

The Monsey Torah community is joined by the larger Torah world in mourning the passing of Rav Karpf.

May he be a meilitz yosher for the Mesifta Beth Shraga family.

Yehi zichro boruch.

The levaya will be held tonight, at 10 p.m., at Mesivta Beth Shraga on Saddle River Road in Monsey.

 {Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter/Photo: Tsemach Glenn}


  1. the hespadim was just over,the maspiedim were r’ shraga shiff,r’ moshe green shilita,r’ hershel wachsman shilita,r’ Aryeh derdyk among a few rebbiem of bais shragah

  2. We have lost a Tsadik Yisod Olam! A big loss for Klall Yisroel. Baruch Dayan Emes.

    He was also a Rebbe for the summer in Camp Ohr Shraga. He made a lasting lifetime tremendous impression on us, of what it means to be a true Tsadik.

    He was an Ehrliche Yid in the true sense of the word, and talmid of R’ Shlomo Heiman.

    An Emmeseh Yid that led his life in the way that Yid is suspposed to, a real Godol B’Torah.

  3. I had the Zechiya to be a close Talmud in Camp Ohr Shraga.

    Rav Karp gave a Gevaldige Blat Shiur that every Talmud came out clear in the Gemore & Rashi & Toisfes.

    Rav Karp was a huge Anav & allways with Emes.

    Rav Karps davening was with warmth like a child talking to his Father.

    May Rav Karp ZT”L be A Meletz Yoisher for all his Talmidim & Klal Yisroel.

    Does any body know were the Kevurah took place?
    Please post.
    Besurois Toivois

  4. to duvid the kevurah was in the monsey bais hachaim on route 306 in monsey,the nifter asked to be near r’ shimon shwab zt’l and r’ neasanel quinn zt’l

  5. Before the rest of the frum world he did not hide his son with Downs and he spoke candidly and with love about the problems of his son.