Gershon Yankelewitz

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Rabbi Gershon Yankelewitz (born 1909) is a senior rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University (YU)[8]. He has served as an educator at that institution since the 1950s. He also gives a daily Torah lecture between Mincha and Maariv at the Young Israel of Pelham Parkway in Morris Park, New York.


Before World War II, Gershon Yankelewitz studied at the Mir Yeshiva (Belarus) and is considered a Talmid Muvhak (special student) of Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz, the Mashgiach of Mir. Rabbi Yankelewitz also studied in Raduń Yeshiva, where he developed a close relationship with Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan (known as the Chofetz Chaim). He is one of the last remaining original Mirrer students, or "Alter Mirrers".[1][2]

Eventually, he immigrated to the United States. There, the European-born rabbi was appointed by Rabbi Norman Lamm's predecessor, President Samuel Belkin as a Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. This was an unusual exception to the established norm, which stipulated that only college graduates were to be Roshei Yeshiva in YU.[3]

A son of Rabbi Yanklewitz married a daughter of Rabbi Gershon Wiesenfeld. In April 2010, Rabbi Yankelewitz's wife, Bluma Yankelewitz, died.[4] A notice about her death and condolences wishes from the administration of YU was published in the New York Times.[5]


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