We have suffered an awesome loss. Rosh yeshiva of
Ponovezh yeshiva for 54 years, one of the premier avdei
Hashem for more than 90 years, Maran HaRav Dovid
Povarsky, zt'l, was a towering figure who guided many
He was a true symbol of toil in Torah. In his more than 50
years at Ponovezh, he used to arrive daily at 4 a.m., to
learn until shacharis. In his last decade, he was able
to move it up and came daily at 1:30 a.m.!
And despite his intense personal commitment to Torah, he
always had time for a talmid. He had limitless
patience to hear him out, to search out what was truly the
issue, and to provide the guidance that ensured that the
talmid would not stray from the derech
He was truly a source of light to the entire generation.