It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the petirah of Rav Aryeh Leib (Label) Katz zt”l of Brooklyn. He was 77 years old.
Rav Katz was a renowned rov and posek, serving as the mara da’asra of Khal Zichron Yosef/Torah Vodaas Minyan on 56th Street in Boro Park and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chasdei Torah. For many years, he was also a beloved rebbi at Camp Ohr Shraga.
A musmach of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, Rav Label was a preeminent talmid chochom, with wide-ranging knowledge of Shas and halacha. He was also the consummate masmid, maintaining his remarkable hasmadah throughout his life, even after he had become a rabbinic figure and was spending large portions of his day answering shailos in person and on the phone.
His Sefer Ohel Aryeh is the authoritative volume used by young marrieds with respect to the halachos of family purity, and it is unrivaled in its clarity and ease of use. One of the best-known seforim on the halachos of taharas hamishpachah, it was subsequently translated into English to reach a wider audience.
He also authored Ohel Aryeh Al Hatorah and Shailos Uteshuvos Ohel Aryeh.
Rav Katz was supremely selfless, giving of his time, for decades, to one and all. With tremendous sensitivity and kindness, and true tzidkus, he guided individuals and was always available to answer shailos and provide hadracha.
His passing leaves a gaping void in the hearts of those he touched and influenced, who relied on him so significantly in many facets of their lives.
Rav Katz is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Raizy Katz; his siblings, R’ Chanina Katz, R’ Dovid Katz, R’ Aharon Katz, R’ Avi Katz, Rebbetzin Elky Korb, and Mrs. Chany Weinschneider; and his children, R’ Shmuli Katz, R’ Yanky Katz, R’ Shragie Katz, Mrs. Dassy Katz, Mrs. Shaindy Grunwald and Mrs. Tzippy Ridiker.
Yehi zichro boruch.