[Updated with shivah info below.] It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Yaakov Bistritz zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedola Mercaz Hatorah Tiferes Mordechai of Montreal. He was 58.
Rav Bistritz had been very ill and talmidim of the rosh yeshiva in the United States and Canada had been storming the heavens with tefillos and Torah learning for a refuah shleimah.
Rav Bistritz learned during his younger years at Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland. Rav Bistritz previously served as a R”M in the mesivta of the yeshiva. He became rosh yeshiva upon the departure of Rav Shlomo Avigdor Altusky, son-in-law of the previous rosh yeshiva, Rav Mottel Weinberg zt”l. At the yeshiva in Montreal, he imbued generations of talmidim with ahavas haTorah and the hashkafos of the derech haTorah, devoting himself to the welfare of his talmidim with great selflessness. His petirah has left his many talmidim and the greater Torah world in mourning.
Rav Bistritz is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Yitty Bistritz; his children, R’ Yitzchok Bistritz, R’ Refoel Bistritz, R’ Eliezer Bistritz, R’ Dovid Bistritz, R’ Shmiel Bistritz, R’ Hillel Bistritz, R’ Baruch Bistritz, R’ Avrohom Bistritz, Mrs. Faigy Lipson, Mrs. Chantsie Heller and Mrs. Esty Lurie; and grandchildren.
Update: The levaya will take place tonight at 10:45 p.m. at Yeshiva Gedolah of Montreal, located at 6155 Chemin Deacon in Montreal, QC. The levaya will continue on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Khal Ahavas Torah, located at 2 Ribier Court, at Concorde Drive, in Monsey, NY.
Update: Today, Sunday, the family will be sitting shivah at 59 Bates Drive in Monsey, NY. From tomorrow until Wednesday, the shivah will take place at 2572 Ekers, between Wilderton Avenue and De Vimy, in Montreal.