Rabbi Yehuda Harbater z”l



Yeshiva Darchei Torah mourns the untimely petirah of our beloved executive director,

Rabbi Yehuda Harbater a”h

הרב יהודה אליעזר בן משה ישראל ע”ה

 For nearly 33 years, Rabbi Harbater devoted himself b’lev v’nefesh to the Yeshiva, its educators, its parents and, most of all, its children. His primary mission was to help ensure the Yeshiva’s fiscal health through the efficient collection of tuition. Yet he tackled his role, one that has the potential to cause discomfort or recrimination, with ehrlichkeit and empathy. While focused on the needs of the Klal, he never lost sight of the unique situation of the individual parent or talmid.

Although Reb Yehuda had a demanding job that required long hours, he was, first and foremost, a talmid chacham of the highest order, who kept daily, intensive sedarim b’iyun and was as comfortable in Shev Shma’atsa and Ketzos as he was in reviewing Chumash with a grandchild. An alumnus of Toras Chaim of Denver and Mir Yerushalayim, he remained a lifelong talmid of his illustrious rabbeim, quoting them and maintaining relationships with them long after he left the hallowed halls of those yeshivos.

Befitting his status as a Ben-Torah of the highest order, his interaction Bein Adam Lachaveiro was impeccable, treating every person – regardless of age or social station – with the utmost dignity.

A mainstay of the Bayswater community, it was there that he, together with his eishes chayil, Shira, raised eight wonderful sons and daughters, with their home and table a locus of Torah, Yiras Shamayim, simcha and Hachnosas Orchim.

Perhaps the greatest tribute to Rabbi Yehuda Harbater is a living one: his children and grandchildren who follow in his footsteps, and the thousands of talmidim of Yeshiva Darchei Torah from 1985 onward – and their parents – whose lives have been immeasurably and eternally transformed because of his efforts.

Yehi zichro baruch.




Matzav.com’s original post on the petirah:

It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing today of Rabbi Yehuda Harbater z”l of Far Rockaway, NY.

Rabbi Harbater was the beloved executive director of Yeshiva Darchei Torah of Far Rockaway, led by Rav Yaakov Bender. Rabbi Harbater devoted himself heart and soul to the yeshiva, which was like family to him. The feelings were reciprocal, as the yeshiva and the hanhalah embraced Reb Yehuda and were so appreciative of his efforts on behalf of that world-class institution.

Reb Yehuda’s passing has plunged his many friends and admirers into mourning.

Reb Yehuda is survived by his devoted wife, Shira, and their wonderful family.

Yehi zichro boruch.



  1. Reb Yudi was a wonderful gentle special person with an incredibly delightful sense of humor. From his days way back as a Bochur in Denver until his untimely passing Yudi cared for all. His position in Darchei was a very difficult one and it was remarkable that such a fun loving teddy bear kind of a guy was able to withstand the ridiculous challenges of being the tuition negotiator for so many in the Yeshiva. He deserves and has earned nothing other then immense praise and tremendous accolades for being the giant of a personality that he was.

    Yudi will be forever missed. Some people truly are not replaceable. Yudi was from that elite group

  2. As a parent of YDT for close to thirty years, I can tell you that Yudi was the kindest, sweetest, gentlest yeshiva administrator. He treated everyone with the utmost derech eretz and dignity. He will be sorely missed.
    Yehi zichro boruch.

  3. BDE

    How old was he? How many years was he part of Darchei Torah?

    May we all do teshuva ASAP to stop this non stop horrific tzaros happening on a daily-not weekly-basis R”L

    May his neshama have an aliya

  4. Rabbi Harbater always always had a smile on his face, he didn’t have an easy job but he did it with such love and caring for every single family.The whole community is in SHOCK. Anybody who have sent their child to the yeshiva in the past 30+ years dealt with Reb Yudi he will missed dearly.
    May hashem have rachamim on his family his special wife shira and all the kids !!!

  5. Call in info for the Levaya Of Rabbi Yehuda Harbater Z’L, Dial-in number: (605) 475-4036
    Enter the access code: 411125#

    Please MUTE your phone.

  6. Rabbi Bald worked as well with him in that position for 20 plus years.
    They are true talmidim of Rabbi Bender and Rabbi Trenk caring for all.


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