BD”E: HaRav Yitzchok Yaakov Sekula ZT”L, Menahel of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas


YWN regrets to inform you of the petirah of HaRav Yitzchok Yaakov Sekula, a maggid shiur and menahel at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in Brooklyn for approximately 50 years. He was 85.

Rav Yitzchok Yaakov arrived to the United States with his family after World War II, with his father, HaRav Yerachmiel Yisroel (the Sadova Rav), continuing his rabbinic work in New York City.

As a young man, Rav Sekula attended Yeshiva Chasan Sofer on the Lower East Side, later joining Bais Elyon in Monsey where he had several prominent chavrusos, including Rav Moshe Steinwurtzel zt”l, Rav Shmelke Taubenfeld zt”l, and Rav Avraham Yehoshua Bick shlit”a.

In 1960, Rav Gedaliah Schorr zt”l appointed Rav Yitzchok Yaakov to a maggid shiur position at Mesivta Torah Vodaas, and was appointed mashgiach for the bais medrash program 18 years later.

Upon the petirah of Harav Gedaliah Schorr in 1979, Rav Yitzchok Yaakov was selected to help lead the yeshiva along with several other key figures, including Rav Elya Chazzan zt”l, Rav Moshe Wolfson shlit”a, and Rav Avraham Pam zt”l.

Following the petirah of Rav Chazzan in 1982, Rav Pam appointed Rav Sekula to succeed him as menahel of the yeshiva, a position he held until his petirah.

The levaya took place on Thursday morning in the Sadovna Bais Medrash in Boro Park.

Yehi zichro baruch.

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  1. The Rav zatzal learned night seder with his talmidim in the Tatteh’s Beis Medrash in Boro Park. He brought stories from the amoligeh East side especially the ניין און ניינציגער. He motivated with humor . He was fond of Reb Laybele Malin’s chidushim.He mamash said shiur the whole first and second Sedaris without hefsek.יהי זכרו ברוך