It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Yitzchok Dershowitz of Lakewood, NJ. He was 74 years old.
Rav Dershowitz sustained serious injuries upon falling on Simchas Torah and fell into coma. Since then, doctors battled on his behalf. He passed away on Erev Shabbos.
Rav Yitzchok was a son of Rav Aharon Menashe Dershowitz zt”l, who, prior to settling in Lakewood, served as the chief rabbi of Newport News, VA, as well as various cities across Wisconsin.
A talmid of Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l, Rav Dershowitz spent his life between the hallowed walls of Beth Medrash Govoha, where has learned for many decades. It was Rav Dershowitz who undertook the daunting task some years ago of authoring an authoritative biography about his rosh yeshiva, Rav Aharon. The product, a comprehensive volume called The Legacy of Maran Rav Aharon Kotler, is distributed by Feldheim.
Rav Yitzchok and his wife, Chaya, resided on Sixth Street in Lakewood, near the yeshiva to which Rav Yitzchok was so closely connected. His sudden medical crisis threw his many admirers and chaveirim into turmoil, as they davened for his recovery, but the Ribono Shel Olam took this special person to the Kisei Hakavod.
Hashgacha orchestrated for Rav Yitzchok to be taken to the Olam Ha’emes on the very yahrzteit of his rebbi, Rav Aharon, 2 Kislev.
The levaya will be held Sunday morning, at 9 a.m., at the Bendheim Bais Medrash of Beth Medrash Govoha, located at 617 Sixth Street in Lakewood, NJ. Kevurah will follow at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, located at 130-04 Horace Harding Expressway in Flushing, NY, at 2 p.m.
Yehi zichro boruch.