[Photos below.] It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports passing of Rav Zvi Dov Slanger zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Bais HaMedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore.
Born in Budapest, Hungary, Rav Slanger was a son of Reb Avrohom Yitzchok Slanger, the second of four boys, a brother to Rav Moshe Chaim Slanger, Rav Elyakim Slanger, and Rav Dovid Meir Slanger.
Reb Avrohom Yitzchok gained passage on the Kaztner Train for his entire family thanks to his ability to assist the organizers in directing the transport, but in a horrific turn of events, the cattle cars on which the Slangers were being transported ultimately ended up in Bergen-Belsen on the fast of Shivah Assar B’Tammuz.
After five extremely difficult months, Rav Slanger’s group was finally released from Bergen-Belsen and taken to Switzerland on 21 Kislev, 5705 (1944), and then to Eretz Yisroel in September, 1945.
Rav Slanger attended a boarding school operated by the Mizrachi Women of America and then studied at the yeshiva of Rav Moshe Tzvi Neria, who directed him to attend yeshiva in Zichron Yaakov under Rav Noach Shimanowitz. He was greatly influenced by Rav Elya Lopian, who became mashgiach at the yeshiva during Rav Slanger’s time there.
Rav Slanger then learned at the Slabodka Yeshiva in Bnei Brak and at Yeshivas Ponovezh, where he became extremely close to Maran Rav Elazar Menachem Man Shach zt”l, while also forming a connection to the Chazon Ish, the Brisker Rav, the Steipler Gaon, Rav Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler and others.
In 1959, Rav Slanger was introduced to his rebbetzin, Chana, née Mandelbaum, a daughter of Rav Boruch Mandelbaum zt”l. After their marriage, the young couple resided in Bnei Brak, where Rav Slanger spent his days immersed in limud haTorah at Kollel Chazon Ish and at Slabodka Yeshiva.
In 1965, the Slangers relocated to the United States, where Rav Slanger was involved in chinuch first in Philadelphia and New York, and then served as a maggid shiur for 26 years at Yeshivas Ner Yisroel in Baltimore.
About 20 years ago, with the inspiration and guidance of Rav Shach, Rav Slanger founded his yeshiva, Beis Hamedrash and Mesivta of Baltimore, where he influenced hundreds of young bnei Torah from across the country and beyond.
Yehi zichro boruch.
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