Dovid Povarsky

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Rabbi Dovid Povarsky

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


His sons:

Rabbi Baruch Dov Povarsky, the current rosh yeshiva in the Ponovezh Yeshiva. He was born when his father was living in Kletsk, Poland.[7]

Rabbi Dr. Chaim Povarsky was a professor of law, as well as a great talmid chochom, authoring the sefer Pri Chaim. He married Rochel, daughter of the rabbi of Bat Yam, Pesach Kokis. He died in Jerusalem on February 22, 2022.[8][9]

Rabbi Shalom Povarsky was a Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshiva Kol Torah. He died in 2020 from COVID-19[10]



  • Yeshuas Dovid (7 volumes)
  • Shiurei Reb Dovid Pavarsky on various Tractates
  • Yishmeru Da'as consisting of various Mussar discourses which he delivered


  1. ^ "Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight - NEWS - Senior Officials of Upper Beitar". Archived from the original on 5 September 2008.
  2. ^ "Dei'ah veDibur - Information & Insight - OPINION & COMMENT". Archived from the original on 25 March 2005.
  3. ^ "Torah - Stories - Rav Yechiel Michel Feinstein - Rav Moshe Feinstein's".
  4. ^ Shain, Ruchoma (2001). All for the Boss: The Life and Impact of R' Yaakov Yosef Herman, a Torah Pioneer in America : an Affectionate Family Chronicle. Feldheim Publishers. ISBN 9781583304709.
  5. ^ "Rabbi Dovid Dov Kreiser".
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  7. ^ "Make the Torah Sweet". Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "בגיל 88: בנו של ראש הישיבה הלך לעולמו".
  9. ^ "בנו של ראש הישיבה: רבי חיים פוברסקי זצ"ל". 22 February 2022.
  10. ^ "BDE: Rosh Yeshivas Kol Torah HaRav Shalom Povarsky, Z'TL, Is Niftar From COVID-19". December 26, 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2020.
  11. ^ Editor, Y. W. (6 February 2007). "Modzitzer Rebbe on first visit as Rebbe to the USA". Yeshiva World News. {{cite news}}: |last1= has generic name (help)