Rabbi Dovid Grossman at a student's wedding. Pictured (left-right): Rabbi Eliezer Gross (Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles), Rabbi Reuven Chaim Klein, and Rabbi Dovid Grossman.
|Title||Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas HaChaim (Los Angeles)|
|Died||5 February 2018 (aged 71–72)|
|Nationality||United States, Israel|
|Spouse||Rachel Grossman (principal of Valley Torah High School's girls division)|
|Alma mater||Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia and Mir Yeshiva (Jerusalem)|
|Yeshiva||Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles|
|Buried||6 February 2018|
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
- Also not to be confused with his distant cousin Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman
Rav Tuvia Goldstein his 12th grade Rebbe in RJJ encouraged the young Grossman to enroll in the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia after High School. In his younger years, Grossman studied in The Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia under the tutelage of Rabbi Elya Svei and Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetsky. While en route to Israel, he also learned one Elul zman in a branch of the Novardok yeshiva in France. In Israel, he joined the Yeshiva Mir in Jerusalem, where he became a student of its Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz. In Jerusalem, Rabbi Grossman developed a personal relationship with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, a son of Rabbi Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik. It was in Israel where he met his wife, Rachel. Rachel Grossman was the principal of Valley Torah High School's girl division in Valley Village, California through June 2014, and has since retired.
After returning to America, Rabbi Grossman learned in the Lakewood Kollel. After 7 years there, he went on to become one of the founding members of the Lakewood Kollel branch in Los Angeles (1975). In 1981, he helped start Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles where he served as the 12th grade Talmud lecturer until 2008. Concurrently with position as lecturer at YGLA, he opened a Torah program called Yeshivas HaChaim for working young adults and college students, independent of the Yeshiva.
Rabbi Grossman is known for his Talmud lectures. Recordings of his lectures on every page of the Talmud (daf yomi) are available and widely used. Those lectures were repackaged and sold in a digital format as a customized iPod dubbed the Shaspod, which received much attention in the media.
Rav Grossman died following a motor vehicle accident the morning of February 5, 2018 on the West Shore Expressway in Staten Island, New York, shortly after 4 a.m.
- About Rabbi Dovid Grossman, dafyomi.org
- Hochbaum, Leah (5 August 2005). Forget Hip Hop — iPod Puts the Talmud in the Palm of Your Hand, The Forward