Nissim Karelitz

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Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Nissim Karelitz (Hebrew: נסים קרליץ‎‎; born July 1926 in Vilnius)[1] is the chairman of the beis din tzedek (rabbinical court) of Bnei Brak.

Rabbi Nissim Karelitz (left) learning after praying in the morning

He is one of the most highly respected Orthodox rabbis in the world and one of the most important leaders of the Haredi world.[2]

His beis din (rabbinical court) handles all kinds of matters, such as financial disputes, marriage conflicts, and conversions.

Rabbi Karelitz is a nephew of Rabbi Avrohom Yeshaya Karelitz, known as the Chazon Ish. (The latter's sister was Rabbi Nissim's mother).[1] The Chazon Ish was a previous rabbinical spiritual leader of Bnei Brak. From the time of the Chazon Ish until Rabbi Nissim Karelitz it was Rav Elazar Shach who was regarded as the pre-eminent leader.

He is also a member of the Vaad Halacha (Jewish legal council) of the Maayanei Hayeshua Hospital of Bnei Brak[3] and the av beis din (head of the rabbinical court) of the Bnei Brak neighborhood of Ramat Aharon.

In his youth, he studied in the Ponevezh Yeshiva. He also studied with his uncles, the Chazon Ish and the Steipler. His wife Leah (d. 2015) was the daughter of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Kopshitz of Jerusalem and the great-granddaughter of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld.[1][4]


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  1. ^ a b c Frankfurter, Yitzchok (12 May 2013). Ami (119): 75–76.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  4. ^ "Rebitzen Leah Karelitz A"H". Yeshiva World News. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015.