Chief Rabbi of the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Leib Landau, passed away on March 30 at the age of 84.
Landau served in his position for 32 years and operated a reputable Badatz kosher-certification supervision organization, also handling the marriage, eruv, mikvah and other religious needs for the city.
Th rabbi passed away at Laniado Hospital in Netanya Saturday night after Shabbat following a stroke. He was hospitalized after becoming ill with an infection earlier in the week.
The rabbi is survived by his wife and their children — six rabbis in Tzfat, Toronto, London, Netanya, California and Bnei Brak, and three rabbis’ wives in Bnei Brak — as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, a rabbi in Kfar Chabad.
Landau was laid to rest Mount of Olives cemetery next to his father, the previous Chief Rabbi of Bnei Brak.
At a population of more than 193,000 people, Bnei Brak is Israel’s most densely populated city, and the fifth most densely populated in the world, home to a large haredi community.