Rav Chaim Dov Altusky zt”l

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chiddushei-basraIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Chaim Dov Altusky zt”l, author of the acclaimed seforim Chiddushei Basra. Rav Altusky was recognized a gaon in Torah, avodas Hashem and middos tovos. An exceedingly humble person, Rav Altusky shunned the limelight while spending his days and nights immersed in the Yam Hatalmud. His phenomenal seforim reflect the clarity of his yedios haTorah and the breadth of his knowledge.

Rav Altusky’s petirah is being mourned across the Olam HaTorah. He was 85.

Rav Altusky, during his early years, learned in Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood and at Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim.

Rav Altusky’s wife, Rebbetzin Fruma Altusky, is a daughter of Rav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg zt”l, the late rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Ore. Rav Altusky was instrumental in helping his father-in-law found Yeshiva Torah Ohr as well as Yeshiva Shaarei Chaim. Rav Altusky served as a R”M at Yeshiva Torah Ohr, where he was beloved by the talmidim, particularly those from chutz la’aretz learning at the yeshiva.

Rav Altusky was a popular maggid shiur, and delivered hundreds, if not thousands, of shiurim over the years on myriad topics, including Gemara, Chumash, Nach, halacha and more. Many of these shiurim were recorded and have been distributed worldwide.

Rav Altusky is survived by his devoted rebbetzin and their children, five sons and four daughters.

The levaya began at 1:30 p.m. at Rav Scheinberg’s yeshiva, Yeshivas Torah Ore, located at 3 Rechov Sorotzkin in Kiryas Mattersdorf in Yerushalayim. The levaya, which is concluding at this time, can be accessed via teleconference at 312.340.6650 with pin 3016836.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. What a special Tzadik of a Yid that we lost!!! It’s a loss for the entire Klall Yisroel, he was a true example to see what a real Masmid is, combined with Chesed.

    His Mechutan Reb Shlomo Brevda Shlita is in dire need of a BIG Refuah Shlemah please Daven for him, Tehilim etc. “Shlomo Leib Ben Miryam”



  3. I have tremendous hakaras ha’tov to R’ Altusky for the wonderful shiurim he gave which I listened to on cassette tapes years ago. He taught Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim, also Yalkut Shimoni, Medrash Rabba, Chazal’s View on Chumash. I got them from Torah Tapes, 1814 50th St. 718-438-3904

  4. He practiced what he preached. He always spoke to us about hasmada & right after the shmooze, he would go right back upstairs to the Bais Medrash to learn. Who could forget his Chumash shiur Friday afternoons? His shiur room was packed to the gills. People were standing wall to wall. I remember bachurim would come from other Yeshivo’s, especially from the Mir, to hear his Friday Chumash shiur! He spoke, lived, and breathed Emunah & Betachon! I remember his famous Shiva asar bitamuz & Tisha be’av shiurim. They would go on for about 4 hours. I am alive & Frum today because of Rebbi!

  5. BD”E

    Although I never merited meeting him, I gained quite a bit from his Nach shiurim on Torah-phone. He said things the way they were -straight and honest.


    his nephew.

  6. where are you yehuda?

    here goes ur next gadol betorah, gone from the world at 85, without klal yisroel waking up to return to Hashem with teshuva, even in elul.

    where are you? wheres your comment & wake-up call from Hashem.

    i really appreciate it every time you write something, although its sad BUT its the truth.

    thank you yehuda & may you never need to reply to any tragedies anymore

  7. I miss my Rebbe so much. We, and all of Kllal Yisroel desperately need his chizuk in today’s troubling challenging uncertain times. He always had such a clarity of what the Aibishter wanted on everything that was happening in the world. His Emunah chushis was so strong. He was such a calming mashpia. A baal bitachon out of this world. May he be a gutta bette and a meilitz yosher for all his talmidim! Rebbe, maybe you can send us care packages from Shomayim! There is no one like you, now on this world. Such a gaping hole. May the Aibishter have rachmanus on us and bring about the geula, tekaf umiyad mamesh.


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