Rav Nissin Lipa Alpert was born in 1927 in Polanka, a small shtetl in Poland. He was named after his maternal grandfather, Rav Nisson Lipa Joselowitz, rosh yeshiva in Lazday, Poland, and later the Rav of Polanka. His father Rav Shabsai Alpert was a student of the Mir Yeshiva and cousin of the Chofetz Chaim. His mother was Guta Yachne Joselowitz. Rav Nisson had three sisters: Rita, Sarah, and Freida.
Rav Alpert’s father decided to move his family to the United States, and traveled there ahead of his family. However, World War II broke out before everyone could come. In December 1939, his mother and family crossed the border to Lithuania. Rebbetzin Alpert obtained one of the first transit visas fromChiune Sugihara, and crossed Russia with the family to Japan. From there they traveled to San Francisco, and finally to the Lower East Side of New York City.
Although Rav Nisson arrived in America at the age of 12 with no knowledge of English, he graduated Washington Irving High School as valedictorian of his class. He learned at Mesivta Tifereth Yerushalayim, where he became a very close disciple of Rav Moshe Feinstein. Rebbetzin Shima Feinstein arranged the match between Rav Nisson and Zeldi Scheinberg, the daughter of Rav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg.
Rav Alpert was one of the founders of Peylim.
He first was rov of the East Third Street Shul in the Lower East Side. He later became the rov of Agudath Israel of Long Island.
In 1967, he was appointed as a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon and later became the first Rosh Kollel of its Kollel L’Horaah- Yadin-Yadin.
In 1983, Rav and Rebbitzen Alpert suffered the sudden tragic loss of their 19 year old son Yishaya Mendel.
Rav Alpert died at the age of 58 on Sunday evening, 17 Iyar, 5746 (May 25, 1986), about two months after the passing of his rebbi, Rav Moshe Feinstein. He is buried on Har Hazeisim in Yerushalayim.
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