Hagoen Rav Laizer Platinsky ZATZAL


candle2.gifThe Olam Hatorah is saddened by the Petirah of Hagoen Rav Eliezer Pultchinsky this past Shabbos in Eretz Yisroel, who was Niftar at the age of 96. Rav Leizer ZATZAL was the Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshivas Bais Aryeh.

He was an Einikle of the “Alter Fun Slabodka”, a son-in-law to Hagoen Rav Aryeh Levine, and a brother-in-law to Maran Rav Eliyashiv Shlita.

He was a Talmid of the Rogachover Goan, the Chazon Ish, and the Brisker Rov ZATZAL, and was Zoche to be Meshames the Ohr Someach. He was Marbitz Torah in Eretz Yisroel for close to sixty years, and authored the Seforim “Sh’lom Yehuda”.

The Levaya took place this morning at Yeshivas Bais Aryes, and then at Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim. Amongst the many Hespeidim, was Maran Hagoen Rav Shmuel Berenbaum Shlita, who made the trip from Bnei Brak in his frail health to be Maspid this tremendous Goan and Tzadik.

Yehi Zichro Boruch…


  1. there were a few thousand people there. other maspidim were: R’ Nossosn Tzvi Finkel, R’Arye Finkel, R’ Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, R’Meir Greineman, R’Yissocher Mayer,his son R’Shalom.

  2. His son in law is R’ Shaya Cohen, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh in Cedarhurst and founder of Priority-1. His grandson recently got engaged to the granddaughter of R’ Shmuel Berenbaum, Shlita. “Lo yamush hatorah mipi zaroh…”

  3. “Uvmosam lo nifradu” R’ Laizer’s chavrusa for 14 years in Slobodka, R’ Aron Eisenberg, Z”L of Chicago, was just nifter a few weeks ago on Rosh Hashana.

  4. I once heard a shiur on tape by HaGaon Rav Mordechai Gifter ztsl where he spoke in glowing terms about Rav Leizer ztsl and mentioned that he had been asked by the Ponevezher Rav ztsl to become Rosh Yeshiva in his Yeshiva. When Rav Leizer declined the offer, the Rav chose Rav Shach ztsl instead!!!
    May he be a meilitz yosher for us all

  5. Stan, he certainly did leave Y’m. He was a rosh yeshivah in Kfar Chabad in the ’60s and ’70s, so had he wanted to he could just as easily have been one in Ponevizh instead.

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    Rav Leizer hardly left the holy of holies, Yerushayalim of Gold, therefore Ponevezher would never have been an option.

    Comment by stan the man

    Reb Leizer used to come collecting for his kollel in the US all the time

  7. His son in law R’ Shaya Cohen (talmid of Y’ Chofetz Chaim) made a chasuna about 15 years ago with his daughter to the grandson (also a talmid in Y’ Chofetz Chaim) of Rabbi Scheinberg. The chasuna took place in Boro Park, Torah V’yirah (Ft. Hamilton Parkway). R’Leizer, ztz”l was there with ylc”t R’Scheinberg. If I remember correctly, R’ Scheinberg and R’ Leizer were mesader kiddushin and read the kesuva(don’t remember which did which). R’Henach Leibowitz, Rosh Hayeshiva Chofetz Chaim said the first six brachos and R’Paltiel Friend, ztz”l (masmich Y’ Chofetz Chaim) said bracha achrita.