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HaRav Nachum Dov Kreisman, zt"l

By S. Bruchi

HaRav Nachum Dov HaKohen Kreisman zt"l, av beis din in Petach Tikva and a leading dayan, was laid to rest on Monday 24 Cheshvan after passing away at the age of 81.

Born in the town of Rakishok in Lithuania's Ponovezh District, Nachum Dov came from a famous line of rabbonim who served in the Rakishok rabbinate for nine consecutive generations, ending with HaRav Betzalel Yalovetzky, one of the elders in the Holocaust generation of Lithuanian rabbonim.

As a boy he studied at the talmud Torah in Rakishok, which had such a good reputation for churning out yirei'im and shleimim that it attracted many talmidim from other locations as well.

As a bochur he went to Yeshivas Telz, where he studied under moro verabbo HaRav Eliyohu Meir Bloch. The family could not obtain exit visas until the outbreak of World War II. Upon hearing of their intentions HaRav Bloch wrote a letter to Nachum Dov's parents saying that they should leave him behind in the Telz Yeshiva, and that in his experience America is very impoverished in Torah and mitzvos.

He settled in Baltimore, which was known at the time as "the Yerushalayim of America." Nachum Dov enrolled at Ner Yisroel, where he studied under HaRav Yaakov Yitzchok Ruderman.

At that time HaRav Aharon Kotler came to Baltimore. HaRav Ruderman sent two bochurim to the train station to meet him: Nachum Dov and ylct"a Shmuel Kamenetsky. Noting the high caliber of the two young men HaRav Kotler took them back with him to New York in preparation for starting Yeshivas Lakewood. Ever since that meeting Nachum Dov cleaved to HaRav Kotler who, seeing that his entire life and being revolved around the Torah, gave Nachum Dov semichoh while still a bochur.

In 5714 (1954) HaRav Kreisman moved to Eretz Yisroel and married the daughter of HaRav Boruch Mandelbaum, the rov of Beis Knesses Yavneh in Tel Aviv. The couple moved to Jerusalem, where HaRav Kreisman became a marbitz Torah in a yeshiva.

In 5727 (1967) he was chosen to serve as a dayan by HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, HaRav Betzalel Zolti, the rov of Jerusalem, and HaRav Shlomo Shimshon Karelitz. After a short period of serving on a beis din in Haifa, he joined HaRav Michel Zolti and HaRav Karelitz zt"l, then av beis din in Petach Tikva, which was one of the top benches in Eretz Hakodesh at the time.

He served as a dayan and av beis din in Petach Tikva for over 25 years and later served as a dayan on the Beis Din Hagodol. During this period he also taught Torah and horo'oh and helped fortify religion in Petach Tikva.

When he sat down to learn HaRav Kreisman would completely sever himself from his surroundings. He would often say that one must always seek to understand Hashem's will in every matter.

The levaya set out from Yeshivas Lomzha, where he davened for many years, passing Kollel Toras Eretz Yisroel, where he learned afternoons and evenings, and Beis Haknesses Hagodol, where he delivered a shiur.

In his will he asked not to be eulogized, but short words of parting were said by his brother-in-law, HaRav Boruch Shimon Salomon, moro de'asra of Petach Tikva and the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Nachalas Dovid, who urged all of the city's residents to fill the gaping hole left following the histalkus of an odom godol beTorah veyiroh.

HaRav Nachum Dov HaKohen Kreisman, zt"l, was buried with the setting sun at Seguloh Cemetery in Petach Tikva. He is survived by his sons and sons-in-law, marbitzei Torah following in the path of ruchniyus he set during his lifetime.


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