RIETS Hosts 20th-Yahrzeit Tribute To Rabbi Dovid Lifshitz

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The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Theological Seminary and RIETS Rabbinic Alumni have planned a tribute ceremony for all audiences to mark the 20th yahrzeit of YU rosh yeshiva Rabbi Dovid Lifshitz, zt’l, on Sunday, June 16, 9:00–11:30 a.m., at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights.

The program will include reflections from Rabbi Binyamin Yudin, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, and other former students of Rabbi Lifshitz. “From his early years as the Chief Rabbi of Suvalk to his lengthy career as Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, Rabbi Lifshitz was known as a brilliant Talmudic scholar and leader of the Torah community,” said Rabbi Yona Reiss, dean of RIETS. “But it was mostly as a teacher that he stood out, forging enduring and endearing relationships with his devoted students. For almost 50 years, his pupils at Yeshiva University—of which there were thousands—dubbed themselves ‘Reb Dovid’s students,’ a testament to his warmth and devotion.”

Following Rabbi Lifshitz’s tenure at Yeshiva University, his discourses on Jewish tradition, knowledge, and discipline were compiled and published by his students under the title Tehillah LeDovid. His Talmudic teachings were also published as Shiurei HaRav Dovid Lifshitz.

The program is to take place in the Harry Fishel Beit Midrash of Zysman Hall (2540 Amsterdam Avenue) and will conclude with the recitation of Tehillim. For more information, please e-mail rabbinicalumni@yu.edu. v

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