A large throng participated in the levayo of Hagaon
HaRav Yitzchok Greenberg, zt"l, one of the great
baalei mussar of our generation, and a
mechanech who produced hundreds of bnei
Rav Yitzchok was born in 5677(1917) in the city of Jaffa. His
father, R' Yeshaya Tzvi, was the founder and director of the
Or Zoreach Talmud Torah in that city, and his mother, Esther
Leah was from the Lifshitz family of Jerusalem.
When Reb Yitzchok was young, his mother moved to
Yerushalayim, for the sake of the chinuch of her two
sons, HaRav Yitzchok and HaRav Shmuel yibodel lechayim
The two brothers studied under HaRav Chaim Man and HaRav
Yeshaya Cheshin, in the Etz Chaim Talmud Torah. When Reb
Yitzchok became bar mitzvah, he was accepted in the Chevron
Yeshiva, when HaRav Moshe Mordechai Epstein served as rosh
yeshiva and Rav Leib Chasman as mashgiach.
The glowing personality of the mashgiach, and his
derech in mussar in educating the talmidim,
were guidelines for Reb Yitzchok throughout his entire life,
and he would constantly mention and repeat the sichos
and sayings of the mashgiach.
After the demise of these two great Torah luminaries, he
continued to study in the yeshiva, headed then by HaRav
Yechezkel Sarna and HaRav Meir Chodosh, the
Reb Yitzchok was especially beloved by Harav Isaac Sher, and
was very helpful in the publishing of HaRav Sher's
seforim. He also greatly assisted the
mashgiach, and the rabbonim of the yeshiva.
He was held in high esteem by the gedolei Yisroel and
the Chazon Ish charged him with many assignments, as did the
It was the Chazon Ish who recommended that he serve as the
mashgiach of the Zichron Yaakov yeshiva founded by
HaRav Noach Shimanowitz.
Together, the two succeeded, with great mesiras nefesh
and effort, to produce students who are currently serving as
outstanding marbitzei Torah.
Reb Yitzchok served as mashgiach in the yeshiva until
it transferred to Kfar Chassidim.
He married the daughter of HaRav Naftoli HaCohen
Shaikovitzki, the Rav of Gateshead and grandson of the Maggid
of Minsk. Rebbetzen Esther Greenberg o"h was a very
active teacher of women.
After his marriage, the Chazon Ish asked him to serve as
mashgiach of Lomze yeshiva in Petach Tikvah, alongside
the roshei yeshiva HaRav Yechiel Michel Gordon and the
Rav of Petach Tikva Rav Reuven Katz author of the Degel
Students from that period longingly recall HaRav Greenberg's
remarkable sichos which inspired them to achieve true
greatness in Torah.
After the Lomze yeshiva closed, he assumed a position as the
educational guide and supervisor of the Beis Yaakov seminars
throughout the country.
In that capacity, he delivered remarkable shiurim to
the seminary students, in which he clarified parshiyos
of the Torah, and talks on how to improve one's middos
He served in this capacity for scores of years with utmost
dedication, until his final days.
Only a week before his petirah, he taught in the Beis
Yaakov seminary in Haifa.
Blessed with writing talent, he composed scores of articles
on iyonei d'yoma and the yomim tovim, which appeared
in the chareidi journals.
A few years ago, he published HaMa'or ShebaTorah, an
anthology of some of his finest shiurim, in which he
explains many issues in Tanach. He also published a pamphlet
on the 13 ikorim, feeling that this was necessary to
strengthen true emunah in our times.
Hespedim were delivered by HaRav Dov Schwartzman, the rosh
yeshiva of the Beis Medrash Govoha--Lakewood, Jerusalem; Rav
Eliezer Ozer rosh kollel Lomza.
The levaya then proceeded to Or Elchonon yeshiva,
where the niftar davened on yomim tovim and
Hespedim were delivered there by HaRav Pinchos
Scheinberg, rosh yeshivas Torah Or, HaRav Boruch
Mordechai Ezrachi rosh yeshivas Atteres Yisroe; Rav
Moshe Mordechai Chodosh, rosh yeshiva of Or Elchonon; the rav
of Petach Tikvah, HaRav Boruch Shimon Solomon; Harav Dovid
Tzvi Eliach, who had been one of the first students in the
yeshiva in Zichron Yaakov and Harav Greenberg's son.
Divrei preida and a final hesped were delivered
by his son-in-law, HaRav Chaim Yosef Ackerman.
Rav Greenberg is survived by his son, two daughters and sons-