Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg zt”l


It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg zt”l, renowned rov and posek.

Rav Zalman Nechemia was a phenomenal talmid chochom, whose grasp of Shas and halacha were unique in his time.

Rav Zalman Nechemia was 88 years old, having passed away at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Yerushalayim.

Last weekend, he was taken to the hospital after suffering a stroke. He fell and suffered bleeding in his head. Unfortunately, he never recovered.

Rav Zalman Nechemia, a son-in-law of posek hador Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, had a rare phenomenal memory, which stood out since his childhood.

Rav Zalman Nechemia was born in Minsk, Belarus, and immigrated to Eretz Yisroel at the age of five. Before immigrating, he met with the great Rogatchover Gaon, an experience he would often recount.

In his youth, he studied at Yeshiva Tiferes Tzvi in Yerushalayim and then at Yeshivas Ponovezh and Yeshivas Chevron.

For many years, he served as editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia Talmudis and rosh kollel of Kollel Shevet Mechokek.

He also served for many years as a chief dayan of Rabbinical High Court in Yerushalayim, where he issued pesakim on issues of gittin and other matters.

Rav Zalman Nechemia was formerly the rosh kollel of the Sadigura Kollel Daas Moshe and headed the Yerushalayim College of Technology (Machon Lev) and the Institute for the Higher Study of Halacha (Machon Iyun Ha’Halacha) in Yerushalayim. He also gave shiurim at Yeshiva Kerem B’Yavneh and Or Etzion.

He had a career of unending harbotzas haTorah, limud haTorah and psak halacha, spending his life in the daled amos shel halacha. 

Rav Zalman Nechemia is survived by his rebbetzin and their family.

The levayah will be held tonight at 9:30 p.m. at the Shamgar Funeral Home in Yerushalayim, followed by kevurah on Har Hazeisim.

Yehi zichro boruch.



  1. “Rav Zalman Nechemia was born in Minsk”

    Minsk used to be an עיר ואם בישראל.

  2. I had the zechus to meet with him 5-10 times. Once, I could not get a legal parking space near the Sadigura Bais Medrash. My wife volunteered to go inside and ask someone when Rav Zalman Nechemiah might be available to meet with people.

    She entered and asked a yungerman in the hallway about Rav Zalman Nechemiah’s availability. Before he could answer, Rav Zalman Nechemiah walked by, the fellow looked at him, he stopped, and the yungerman told him that this lady’s husband had come to speak to him. Rav Zalman Nechemiah inquired where I was, my wife said that I was sitting in a car outside, and he went outside with her to speak with me.

    I was talking on my phone, when suddenly the passenger door opened and Rav Zalman Nechamiah sat down next to me in the car. My wife sat in the back to translate. When he realized the complexity of my questions and my conversational skills in Ivrit, he suggested I return with a Hebrew-speaking friend and he would respond.

    I returned the next say with a senior member of the Wolfson Kollel who asked my questions and recorded Rav Zalman Nechemiah’s answers.

    • Not surprised at all at this. I was once davening mincha in the same shul as him and we were both sitting on the same bench. When they called out if there was a kohen by laining and i said yes, he quickly stood up to make room for me to go by. I could have easily gone around or went a different way, but he didn’t think anything of himself to stand up and move so a young bachur can go by. He was already approximately in his mid-70’s at the time. Unbelievable. His anivus was so incredible.


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