Dovid Povarsky

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Rabbi Dovid Povarsky (Hebrew: יהושע דוד פוברסקי Yehoshua Dovid Povarsky; 1902–1999) is known for his erudite Talmudic lectures and his deanship as Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezh Yeshiva. He was asked by Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman to join the previous two heads of the institute, Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach and Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky to create a triumvirate in leading the Yeshiva.

In his youth, Dovid Povarsky studied in the Kelm Talmud Torah, where he became a student in Mussar to Rabbi Yeruchom Levovitz eventually coming to accompany the latter on all his travels and memorizing all of his speeches.[1]. He followed Reb Yeruchom when Reb Yeruchom transferred to Mir yeshiva to serve as the Mashgiach there [2]. In Mir Yeshiva, Reb Dovid was the roommate of Rabbi Yechiel Michel Feinstein[3].

By marrying Tzipporah Kreiser [4], Reb Dovid became the son-in-law of Rabbi Dovid Dov Kreiser [5], making him brother-in-law to Rabbi Aryeh Leib Malin[6]. Following his marriage, Reb David studied as married fellow in the Kollel of Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman in Kovno, while enduring many hardships.



  • Shiurei Reb Dovid Pavarsky on various Tractates
  • Yishmeru Da'as consisting of various Mussar discourses which he delivered