Rav Yitzchok Lichtenstein Installed as Rov of Kehillas Bais Avrohom


rav-yitzchok-lichtensteinThis past month, Rav Yitzchok Lichtenstein was named as the new mara d’asrah of Kehillas Bais Avrohom. The shul, located in the Forshay section of Monsey, NY, was previously led by Rav Avrohom¬†Chaim Feuer. Rav Feuer, a well-known rov, prolific author and son-in-law of Rav Mordechai Gifter, moved to Eretz Yisroel several years ago. The position remained vacant until the recent appointment.

The new rov, Rav Yitzchok, is a talmid of Yeshivas Brisk and a respected talmid chochom, whose geshmack and ahavas haTorah is infusing his kehillah with tremendous cheishek haTorah.

Rav Yitzchok is a son of Rav Aaron Lichtenstein, a talmid of Rav Yitzchok Hutner who served as rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon for several years before becoming rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion, Israel.

Rav Yitzchok’s mother, Dr. Tovah Lichtenstein, is a daughter of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of Boston, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon.

Since assuming the helm of Kehillas Bais Avrohom, Rav Yitzchok has inspired his new mispallelim and has received a warm welcome to the bais medrash.

 {Dovid Bernstein-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Let me get this straight:
    R. Feuer can be the son-in-law of R. Gifter but R. Aharon Lichtenstein can not be the son-in-law of R.Soloveitchik?

    Similary, R. Aharon Lichtenstein can be a former Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University (and is still a Rosh Kollel of their Kollel in Israel) yet his wife’s father can not be a former Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University?

    Someone please explain, all of these permutations are making my head spin around.

  2. I am proud to say that I am a member of this kehillah and we are very honored to have Harav Lichtenstein as our rov !!

  3. Good luck to Rabbi Lichtenstein in his new position !!
    I hope he has the siyatta d’shmaya to execute his duties in torahdik way while maintianing the shalom and cohesiveness that permeates this well known kehillah..

  4. And as a longtime resident of monsey I would like to point out that this kehilla is one of the most chashuv in monsey!! The amount of tzedakah and chessed that comes from it’s mispellelim is unreal. R’ Don Ungarsher, by the hachtarah ceremony, said that “this is the most chashuve shul in forshay.” Someone recently mentioned that there is hardly a single Tzedakah/Chessed institution in Rockland County that doesn’t have a member of Kehilas Bais Avraham deeply involved in it.

  5. To number 1, please grow up. The writer of this story did a superb job, wrote it very respectfully, and your nitpicking is disgraceful.
    Kol hakavod to matzav for reporting this wonderful news and for giving everyone involved their well deserved kavod. And to those who will crticize everything written on this site, maybe find a new job.

  6. To all members of this chashuve kehilla you must know that R’ Shmuel Kamenetsky said a mashal by the hachtara: A man heard about a new invention called an umbrella, this new item was supposed to protect you from the rain. So the man bought this umbrella, and when it rained went outside with it proudly displayed under his arm, meanwhile getting soaked. The nimshal is that while it’s very nice to have a chashuve rov if one does not “use” him properly he is vitually worthless!!

  7. Kol hakavod and may the new Rav and the kehilla reach heights together.
    Rav Fueur was a big Ohev Yisrael and Ohev Eretz Yisroel, gd willing hopefull the same component shall continue.

  8. His Father, Rav Aaron, Shlita, is the Gadol Hador and probably the bigest talmid chacham in the world. He is a Grandson of The Rav, and Rav Aaron studied under the Rav as well as his brother Rav Aaron Soloveitchik.

  9. “Rav Yitzchok is a son of Rav Aaron Lichtenstein, a talmid of Rav Yitzchok Hutner…” While it’s true that he leaarned in Chaim Berlin under Rav Hutner z”l, his rebbi muvhak was most certainly Reb Yoshe Ber z”l.

  10. No 1. – there is nothing incorrect, sins of ommission not commision. Rav lichtenstein did learn by r. hutner ztl until a year or two after his bar mitzvah. he often repeated his divrei torah and viewed both him and RAS ztl as a realistic role model. He often said that his rebbe muvhak was not an attainable role model for him or anyone else given his unique yachid bedorot stature.

  11. Most people realize that Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, shlita, was very close with R’ Yoshe Ber, ZT”L, so perhaps the first comment is a bit off base.

  12. #1 is correct. It should say that RAL is RY at Gush. After all he’s only been there some 40 years. Then you can mention that he used to be at YU and CB.

  13. May Rav Lichtenstein be successful in his new role. May his family upbringing, infused with ahavas hatorah and ahavas habrios, serve him well ad me’ah v’esrim.

  14. As an old friend of R’ Yitzchok, I can only say how fortunate is your kehillah that has taken such a wonderful, choshuvah person as their rav. Wishing him and his esteemed rebbetzin, (who in her own right is a special person with choshuvah yichus) much hatzlachah in their new position.

  15. Rav Yitzchok Lichtenstein is the son in law of Harav Chaim Grozovsky Z”l rosh kollel of Beis Reuven Kamenitz, who was the son of Harav Reuven Grozovsky Z”l, who the son in law of Harav Boruch Ber Lebowitz Z”L Rosh Hayeshiva of Kamenitz. Rav Liechtenstein is a great man true talmud chachom. I wish him a lot of Mazel.

  16. Wow, talk about how everyone missed my point!

    (however, let me first echo the comment of #3,6,8 and 16 above).

    Nothing in the article is incorrect. However, the difference in the style when referring to different people is quite striking. Similarly, to ignore RAL’s connection with his father-in-law is also interesting.

    It’s not just what you say but how it’s said and what is not said.

    FWIW, nothing the meraglim said was false either, it’s just a matter of how they said it and to whom it was said.

  17. I accept that you chose not to post my comment. I only want to make sure the Oilam knows it was not anything about YU or about the Soloveitchik family. It was about Monsey itself