(NEW YORK, New York — June 6, 2013) Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Theological Seminary (RIETS) and RIETS Rabbinic Alumni announced today that they will be hosting a tribute ceremony for all audiences to mark the 20th yahrtzeit of YU Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Dovid Lifshitz zt”l on Sunday, June 16 at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights.

The program will run from 9:00 AM — 11:30 AM and will include reflections from Rabbi Binyamin Yudin, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, and other former students of Rabbi Lifshitz.

“From his early years as the Chief Rabbi of Suvalk to his lengthy career as Rosh Yeshiva at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, Rabbi Lifshitz was known as a brilliant Talmudic scholar and leader of the Torah community,” said Rabbi Yona Reiss, Dean of RIETS.

“But it was mostly as a teacher that he stood out, forging enduring and endearing relationships with his devoted students.  For almost 50 years, his pupils at Yeshiva University — of which there were thousands — dubbed themselves ‘Reb Dovid’s students’, a testament to his warmth and devotion.”

Following Rabbi Lifshitz’s tenure at Yeshiva University, his discourses on Jewish tradition, knowledge and discipline were compiled and published by his students under the title Tehillah LeDovid. His Talmudic teachings were also published as Shiurei HaRav Dovid Lifshitz.

The program will take place in the Harry Fishel Beit Midrash of Zysman Hall (2540 Amsterdam Avenue) and will conclude with the recitation of tehillim.
For more information, please e-mail rabbinicalumni@yu.edu.


Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University (www.yu.edu) brings together the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life and the heritage of Western civilization. More than 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools — Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business — offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic research institutions.


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