Rav Mallen Galinsky zt”l


rabbi-mallen-galinskyIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Mallen Galinsky zt”l, the charismatic and magnetic longtime dean at Yeshivas Sha’alvim. He was 77 years old.

A musmach of Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yaakov Yosef (RJJ) on New York’s East Side, which he graduated in 1954, Rav Galinsky later attended Brooklyn College, received his Masters Degree in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University and did doctoral work at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School.

Rav Galinsky was a son of Rav Yehuda Dov Galinsky zt”l, who arrived in the United States as a six-year-old from the city of Astryn, near Grodna. Rav Yehuda Dov attended Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yaakov Yosef, subsequently learning with Rav Simcha Soloveitchik (brother of Rav Chaim Soloveithik of Brisk), was rov at Cong. Anshei Toras Chessed Vezichru Toras Moshe in Manhattan, and delivered lectures at the Young Israel of Manhattan. In 1931, Rav Yehuda Dov married his wife, Leah, a daughter of Rav Ephraim Zalman Halpern, formerly chief rabbi of Denver, Colorado, and became the rov of Colchester, Connecticut, where he served until 1944. In 1945, Rav Yehuda Dov was appointed as the rov of Coney Island’s Congregation Sharei Zedek-Sea Gate Sisterhood and Talmud Torah, and immediately established its Yeshiva Sharei Zedek. He was a well-known orator and radio personality on WEVD, and was instrumental in changing the religious landscape of Coney Island by raising a generation of G-d-fearing Jews. Rav Yehuda Dov passed away on 10 Shevat, 5716 (January 1956).

With the sudden petirah of his father, Rav Galinsky was called to his position as rov of Coney Island’s Congregation Sharei Zedek- Sea Gate Sisterhood and Talmud Torah and as dean of its affiliated Yeshiva Sharei Zedek.

In 1969, Rav Galinsky was asked to serve as National Associate Director of the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Torah Education and Culture American Section. He accepted the offer with the objective of increasing Israel awareness amongst American yeshiva students and heightening and extending the formal limud haTorah of American high school graduates by creating a Torah study program in Eretz Yisroel for young men and women. He stood at the cradle of what is today an exceptional and impressive phenomenon which has a lasting impact on the students and has had a profound influence upon numerous American Orthodox Jews.

Rav Galinsky, together with his brother, for many years filled the role formerly occupied by his father on WEVD radio. With his beautiful, flowery Yiddish and enchanting personality, he shared divrei Torah and hashkafah messages that profoundly impacted an untold number of Jews from across the religious – and even non-religious – spectrum. People often remarked how similar he sounded to his illustrious father.

In 1976, Rav Galinsky moved to Eretz Yisroel, answering the call to join Yeshivas Sha’alvim as dean of the yeshiva‘s Institute for Overseas Students. He directed a program which became synonymous with excellence in Torah education. The rabbonimtalmidim, alumni and friends of the yeshiva often expressed their tremendous debt of hakoras hatov to Rav Galinsky for his decades of mesirus nefesh on behalf of the yeshiva and its harbotzas haTorah. Yeshivas Sha’alvim has a program for students from the United States and other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Belgium, Hungary, South Africa and Australia.

Rav Galinsky’s levaya was held on Erev Shabbos.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sonia Galinsky; his brother, Rabbi Moshe Galinsky; his sister, Mrs. Tova Klahr; and his children, R’ Yehuda Galinsky, R’ Efraim Galinsky, R’ Shimon Galinsky, R’ Eliezer Galinsky, Mrs. Sheindy Gold, Mrs. Devora Rosenbaum, and Mrs. Chana Gelfand.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Rav Galinsky ZL’s brother in law was R. Yaakov Wehl ZL, mechaber of Ikvei Aharon and Pesher Dovor on many difficult mesechtas. Also mechaber of Haggadah with Answers.

    Rav Galinsky was a true mensch, and totally devoted to his work and the talmidim. Yehei Zichro Baruch.

  2. Wonderful Ish Emes.
    Appreciate all he did with Mesirus Nefesh for the Coney Island and Sea Gate community. A true Torah lover of eretz yisroel.
    Yehi Zichron baruch.

  3. As a student of Yeshiva Sharei Zedek (grad 1968) i fondly remember the sweet smile of Rav’ Mallen coming down the hall to speak with the Talmidem at assembly on Friday’s. Leaving us with beautiful words from the week’s Parseh to share with our families/friends at the Shabbath table…
    Boruch Dayan Haemes…

  4. I was an elementary school student at Shaarei Zedek yeshiva in Coney Island. This humble school on Mermaid Ave. provided the foundation for a lifetime of Torah observance for me and hundreds of other children from non observant homes. Rabbi Galinsky inspired us all with his warmth, kindness, and dedication. As a child, I would walk from Sea Gate, down Mermaid Ave., to attend Rabbi Galinsky’s shul and hear his divrei Torah. He and his wife invited me to their home in Sea Gate so that I could inbibe a Torah atmosphere. I will always be grateful to Rabbi Galinsky fir providing me with the foundation for a Torah life, and for his warmth, caring and dedication to children from all walks of Jewish observance. Yehi Zichro Baruch.

  5. I attended the Yeshiva Sharei Zedek in Coney Island when Rabbi Galinsky was the Rav. He was always pleasant and nice to talk to, and so I am saddened at the news of his death.

  6. my sisters and I also attended this yeshiva in the late 60’s. I have very fond memories of the playground and lunches, I so enjoyed the singing with Mr Silbermimtz so sad to hear.

  7. Rebbetzin Sonia Galinsky would be related, she as granddaughter of Samuel Intrator and I as great-granddaughter through my mother Edith Entratter who woud have been his niece. I would like to be intouch with the Rebbetzin if you could forward this message to her, and meet next time I come to Jerusalem. Many thanks, and my condolences, dmh@dianamarahenry.com


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