Yaakov Litzman

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Yaakov Litzman
Date of birth (1948-09-02) 2 September 1948 (age 66)
Place of birth Germany
Year of aliyah 1965
Knessets 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
Faction represented in Knesset
1999–2005 United Torah Judaism
2005–2006 Agudat Yisrael
2006–2008 United Torah Judaism
2008–2009 Agudat Yisrael
2009-2013 United Torah Judaism
2013- United Torah Judaism

Yaakov Litzman (Hebrew: יעקב ליצמן‎, born 2 September 1948) is an Israeli politician and Deputy Government Minister. A follower of the Ger Hasidic dynasty, he heads the Agudat Yisrael part of the United Torah Judaism faction in the Knesset.


Litzman was born in 1948 to Polish survivors of the Holocaust, in a displaced persons camp in Germany. When he was two years old, the family immigrated to the East New York section of Brooklyn, & then to the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, where he grew up. In 1966, at age 17, he immigrated to Israel and continued his Torah studies. His first job was as principal of the Hasidic Beis Yaakov girls' school in Jerusalem.

Litzman has five children and lives in Jerusalem.


He later became active in politics under the guidance of the then Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Simcha Binem Alter. Over time he became known as the rebbe's right-hand man, a role he continues under the present Gerrer Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Arye Alter.

In 1999 the present rebbe asked Litzman to join the Aguda slate for the legislative election held that year. He has since served as the leader of the Agudat Yisrael faction in the Knesset, in which role he consults the Gerrer Rebbe on a daily basis.

Litzman served on the Knesset's Internal Affairs Committee from 1999–2001,[1] and as the Deputy Chairman of Knesset Labor and Welfare Committee.[2] As part of the coalition agreement with the ruling government of Ariel Sharon in 2001, Litzman was appointed chairman of the Knesset Finance Committee, a position he held until 2003, and again from 2005-2007.

Litzman is quoted as saying that "in some respects, I envy the low profile the Haredi community in the United States has been able to retain by staying out of politics". He also said that, in Israel, the media attention makes for misrepresentation and misunderstanding of the Haredi community.[3]

2009 Knesset Elections and Netanyahu Government[edit]

Following the 2009 elections in which Litzman retained his Knesset seat, his party joined the newly established government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was appointed Deputy Minister of Health.


  1. ^ News 2001
  2. ^ News 2000
  3. ^ Popper, Nathaniel (2005-01-28). "Brooklyn-bred Hasid Takes Position of Power in Israel". Forward, the Jewish Daily. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 

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