It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Moshe Yehuda Leib Landau zt“l, chief rabbi of Bnei Brak. He was 83 years old.
Rav Landau was born in Eretz Yisroel, a son of Rav Yaakov and Mrs. Chaya Mina Landau. Rav Yaakov was a Lubavitcher chossid who was nicknamed “the courtyard rabbi” by the fifth Chabad Rebbe, the Rashab, in Rostov, Russia.
A year after he was born, the family moved to Bnei Brak. Rav Yaakov served as Bnei Brak’s chief rabbi.
As a child, Rav Moshe Yehuda Leib studied in Yeshivas Ohr Yisroel in Petach Tikva, then at Yeshivas Ponovezh in Bnei Brak and Chabad’s Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim in Lod under Rav Boruch Shimon Schneerson and Rav Shlomo Chaim Kesselman.
Following his marriage, Rav Landau served as a maggid shiur at the Tomchei Tmimim Yeshiva in Kfar Chabad, a position he held for 23 years. He also assisted his father in rabbonus and kashrus.
Upon his father’s passing, the Bnei Brak Mayor Moshe Oirenstein announced that in accordance with Rav Yaakov Landau’s will, he is appointing his son Rav Moshe as the new chief rabbi of Bnei Brak.
Rav Landau continued his father’s custom not to charge food manufacturers and restaurants for providing them kashrus supervision to maintain the impartially of his and his mashgichim’s decisions.
Rav Landau is survived by his wife and their children: Rabbi Yitzchok Eizik Landau of Tzefas; Mrs. Dina Belinow of Bnei Brak; Rabbi Yisroel Landau of Ontario, Canada; Rabbi Yosef Landau of London; Rabbi Zalman Landau of Bnei Brak; Rabbi Menachem Landau of California; Mrs. Shulamis Vinkler of Bnei Brak; Rabbi Shneur Landau of Netanya; Mrs. Mina Weinberg of Bnei Brak; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother, Rabbi Eliyahu Landau, rosh yeshiva at the Central Tomchei Tmimim Yeshiva in Kfar Chabad, Israel.
The levaya took place on Motzoei Shabbos in Bnei Brak.
Yehi zichro boruch.