YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of Hagaon HaRav David Feinstein ZATZAL, one of the Poskei Hador and a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorh in the United States. He was the Rosh Yeshiva of Meshiva Tiferes Yerushalayim in the Lower East Side on Manhattan. He was 91.

Rav David was born in 1929 in Lyuban, (the former USSR), and immigrated to the United States in 1936 with his father, the late Posek hador, Hagaon HaRav Moshe Feinstein ZATZAL.

After the Petira of Rav Moshe in 1986, Rav David assumed the leadership of the Yeshiva. He wrote many Seforim.

His Anivus was legendary, never putting on the attire worn by most Roshei Yeshiva and Rabbonim (Frock – long black jacket, and up-hat). For those that have ever visited the Yeshiva, it says it all. Despite the simplicity in the way he lived, his phone rang literally 24 hours a day, with the most difficult Halachic Shailos pouring in from all over the world. He respond to each question firmly and with clarity.

MOTZEI SHABBOS UPDATE: The Levaya of Hagaon HaRav David Feinstien ZATZAL will be at 9:30AM Sunday morning outside of Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim at 145 East Broadway New York, NY.

All our encourage to use mass transit there will be very limited parking – AND PLEASE WEAR MASKS IF ATTENDING.

Call in number 1: 212-444-1323 option 9
Call in number 2: 646-726-9977

The Levaya will be broadcast live:

A statement from Agudath Israel of America sent to YWN reads as follows:

Agudath Israel of America is devastated at the loss today of one of the great Torah leaders of our generation, Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, ZT”L. Rabbi Feinstein was Rosh HaYeshiva of the Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem yeshiva in Manhattan’s East Side and a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of Agudath Israel for decades. He was known for his Torah knowledge, his sagely guidance, and his communal leadership in times of uncertainty.

“There are no words. We are reeling,” said Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel. “Rabbi Feinstein was a true manhig hador, leader of our generation, and posek hador, halachic authority for the generation. The entire Jewish world has suffered a terrible blow with his death.”

May we share besoros tovos.

Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. bde. what a klop to klal yisroel. what a role model of a talmid chochom. a gaon in torah, a gaon in midos, a gaon in anovo. let’s emulate him. i can’t stop crying.

  2. a family, where Reb Moshe ztl would spend many summers during the 50’s and 60’s, was honored 30 years later by MTJ at its annual dinner. There were three older brothers and a much younger sister, who Reb Moshe would sit on his lap to teach chumash when she was 6-8 years old. He used to say that he has to ask her for mechilah because with him present she no longer receives all the attention.

    The dinner committee told the three brothers to come up to receive their award without their younger bas zekunim. They objected and called Rav Dovid ztl and complained that his father treated her like a granddaughter. Rav Dovid told the committee that she can accompany her brothers to receive the award ve’kach hayah.

  3. Editors, I’m just curious why this story, sad story loses precedence on a site entitled YESHIVA WORLD to the Biden presidency declaration. Perhaps you need to adjust it!

  4. With the passing of Reb dovid I feel like it is now a new generation as long as he was alive it was the dor of reb dovid with his passing we are in a new reality something similar to when moishe rabainu was nifter

  5. “Images of the Levaya will also be available on the front page of the New York Times”

    One wonders how close they will be to the images and other ecstatic, cheering, completely tendentious coverage of the mass celebrations over the (premature, illegitimate) declaration of a Biden victory.

    Has there ever before been a virus so remarkable in its ability to know just which event/demographics to spread itself among…