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HaRav Dov Schwartzman zt"l

By Yechiel Sever

Prominent figures in the Torah world, including HaRav Shmuel Auerbach shlita, HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman shlita and HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel zt"l, were among thousands of bnei Torah attending the levaya for HaRav Dov Schwartzman zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Beis HaTalmud, who passed away Sunday night at the age of 91 after several years of poor health.

Dov Schwartzman was born in Elul 5681 (1921) in Nevel, Russia to HaRav Yehoshua Zeev, an alumnus of Yeshivas Slobodka and later a rov in Tel Aviv. After Sukkos 5690 (1929) his family moved to Eretz Hakodesh, and in 5693 (1933), when he was just 12-and-a-half, he entered Yeshivas Chevron in Jerusalem's Geula neighborhood, where he became known for his sharp mind, powerful memory and hasmodoh.

In 5706 (1946) he traveled to the United States, where he married the daughter of HaRav Aharon Kotler zt"l, rosh yeshiva of Lakewood Yeshiva. Immediately after the wedding he began studying at the yeshiva and leading chaburos.

HaRav Kotler had come to Eretz Yisroel on a special visit after World War II. Outstanding bochurim gathered to speak with him about their learning as he searched for a chosson for his daughter. But when Rav Aharon was told about an exceptional bochur who had remained at the yeshiva to learn, he went to size him up and then chose him as a son-in-law.

For two years he served as a ram at Yeshivas Rabbenu Chaim Berlin and then with HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky shlita he started the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia. Thirteen years later, in 5725 (1965), he founded Yeshivas Marom Tzion in Jerusalem's Bayit Vegan neighborhood. It later became Beis HaTalmud, including a yeshiva ketanoh, a yeshiva gedoloh and a number of kollelim. The yeshiva spent time at a number of locations, eventually settling in Sanhedria Murchevet. HaRav Schwartzman formed a partnership with HaRav Yitzchok Hutner zt"l, but it did not last long.

Recalling HaRav Schwartzman's astounding hasmodoh, HaRav Simchah Zissel Broide zt"l once described how the two spent an entire winter zman learning Maseches Eruvin every day for nine hours of uninterrupted study, completing the maseches with Rishonim by the end of the winter.

He mastered all of the Maharal's works. For many years he was known for his profound Shabbos night shiurim on Mizmor Shir Leyom HaShabbos, presenting a different angle on the passage each time.

He established the first yeshiva for baalei tshuva, Shema Yisrael, which was founded as part of his yeshiva and then branched off into a number of yeshivas, including Yeshivas Ohr Somayach, where he served as Nosi and gave shiurim. His approach was that Torah study is the best means to advance them in Yiddishkeit.

His second marriage was to Yehudis Muller, the daughter of Rav Meir Muller, chairman of Agudas Yisroel's Vaad Hatzalah in France.

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The levaya set out from Yeshivas Beis HaTalmud in Jerusalem's Sanhedria Murchevet neighborhood. Eulogies were delivered by HaRav Shmuel Auerbach; HaRav Moshe Shapira; HaRav Mordechai Ezrachi, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ateres Yisroel; HaRav Noach Heisler, the rov of Sanhedria Murchevet; the Mashgiach HaRav Don Segal; HaRav Boruch Dov Povarsky, one of the roshei yeshiva of Yeshivas Ponovezh; HaRav Mendel Weinbach, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Somayach; his talmid HaRav Yonoson Domb, mashgiach at Yeshivas Beis Meir; his son HaRav Yaakov Eliezer Schwartzman, rosh yeshiva of Lakewood East (Beth Medrash Govoha of America in Eretz Yisroel); his sons, HaRav Zevulun Schwartzman, HaRav Isser Zalman Schwartzman and HaRav Yitzchok Schwartzman; and his son-in-law, HaRav Yosef HaKohen Shtrasser, rosh kollel at Yeshivas Beis HaTalmud.

HaRav Dov Schwartzman zt"l was buried on Har Hazeisim near the graves of his forefathers.


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