Tefillos for the Zekan Roshei Hayeshivos, Rav Koppelman


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 hospitalized last night at a local hospital after feeling weak. After extensive tests, doctors discovered various concerns with rosh yeshiva‘s kidneys and he was rushed for treatment.

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

Due to his advanced age, the doctors had to perform the treatment with extreme care and sensitivity.

Rav Koppelman, a prime disciple of Rav Shimon Shkop zt”l in Grodno, established his first yeshiva in Heide before World War II. In 1946, he established Yeshiva Eitz Chaim in Kappelen, and the yeshiva later moved to Wilrijk, Belgium. Rav Koppelman then established Yeshiva Shaarei Yosher in Williamsburg, which later moved to and is presently in Boro Park.

Rav Koppelman subsequently established the yeshiva in Lucerne, Switzerland. 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.

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  1. R’Chaim may be the zakein in America. Although some might argue that his colleague, R’ Aizik Ausband, is older.

  2. the yeshiva in Heide was under the great rabbis Shapira & rav Progomonsky .rabbi koppelman was in Kappellen till emigrating to the U.S.He then was brought to Lucerne to succeed rabbi Moishe Soloveichik

  3. he was 105 years old 5 years ago if u make a cheshbon when r.shimon shkop died, he would have to be at least 108 old

  4. Rav Koppelman actually just turned 106 recently. May he have a Refuah Shleima, l’arichus yamim v’shanim tovos!

  5. Rav Koppelman shlit”a is the Rebbe of R’ Shlesinger from Monsey and R’ Eisenberg from Boro Park.
    May he have a refuah shleima and be zoche to be mikabel Moshiach

  6. Hagaon Rav koppelman shlit”a when he arrived in America after world war 11, was first a Magid Shiur in yeshivas Bais Eliezer in williamsburg for talmidim metzuyonim, founded and headed by Hagaon Rav shlomo hakohen Rotenberg zt”l (Rov of the Agudah Shul and mechaber Toldos am olam) Only years later did Rav kopelman start his own Yeshiva shaarei Yosher.

  7. guys, chill with all this age business. what’s the difference! just keep davening for a refuah shleima. amen!

  8. My mother shetichyeh tells me that he danced like a fire at her wedding in Samarkand lo these many years ago. Refuah Shleima besoch she’ar cholei Yisrael!

  9. I hear that his talmid Moreinu Harav Schlesinger Shlit”a traveled to be at the bedside of the venerable Rosh Yeshiva Sheyicha Lyomim Tovim Varuchim

  10. Some history here. Rav Shimon Shkop was nifter in 1940, 71 years ago. If Rav Koppleman is 105, that means he was 34 at that time. No reason he would have to be more than that.
    I don’t really know how old R” Aizik is. But this much I know. R’ Boruch Sorotzkin was nifter on his 62nd birthday, more than 32 years ago. So he’d be 94 today. Rebbetzin Ausband is a couple of years older than her sister Rebbetzin Rochel Sorotzkin, o’h. So I assumed R’ Aizik was also a bit older. If I am wrong, I stand corrected.

  11. age is just a number, and this number is unlisted!

    The master list is in the hands of the Ribono Shel Olam. May He be mekabel our tefilos, and grant a Refua Shelema. Omein.