Rav Tzvi Abba Gorelick zt”l


rav-abba-gorelick[Hookup info below.] 10:18 p.m. EST: It is with great sadness that we report the petirah of Rav Tzvi Abba Gorelick zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg, NY. Rav Gorelick’s most noted accomplishment was his leadership of Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe of South Fallsburg, where thousands of bochurim and yungeleit have grown in Torah and yiras Shomayim.

The yeshiva was founded in 1969 in the Bronx and later relocated to South Fallsburg.

Rav Gorelick was a son of Rav Yeruchom Gorelick zt”l, a talmid of the Brisker Rov zt”l who founded an elementary boys school and later a girls school, Bais Miriam, in the Bronx, and combined had an enrollment of over 800 students.  The boys’ school was named Zichron Moshe after Moshe Alexander Gross z”l, a young man who was drafted into the Navy during World War II and whose ship sank during the D-Day invasion in 1944. As the neighborhood began to decline, Rav Gorelick looked for other places to move. The Laurel Park Hotel in South Fallsburg, NY, was available and Rav Gorelick decided to buy the property with money that he had from the yeshiva. In 1970, Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, a friend of Rav Gorelick, joined the hanhalla as rosh yeshiva. The rest is history, as the yeshiva grew and grew, becoming one of the most respected yeshivos in the world.

To this day, bochurim from across the globe come to learn at Yeshiva Zichron Moshe. The yeshiva‘s mosdos, under the direction of Rav Gorelick, burgeoned and currently consist of the yeshiva gedolah and mesivta, a premier kollel, as well as a cheder and Bais Yaakov elementary school.

The passing of Rav Gorelick is a blow to the entire South Fallsburg Torah community and the greater Olam Hatorah.

The levaya will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Moshe, located at 84 Laurel Park Road in South Fallsburg, NY. The aron will leave South Fallsburg at approximately 1:30 p.m. to JFK Airport, where the levaya will continue at 4:30 p.m. Kevurah will take place in Eretz Yisroel.

Yehi zichro boruch.

Hookup Update: There will be a live telephone hookup from the levaya. Call 718.906.6400, and then press * to be presented with all the live shiurim. The hespeidim will be announced as “hespeidim.” The access number for Eretz Yisroel is 03.929.0709.

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  1. Rav Yeruchom Gorelick was a long time Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshivas Rav Yitchok Elchanan (Yeshiva University).

  2. Levaye 11:00AM in S. Fallsburg
    The Aron will leave S. Fallsburg at 1:30 PM to JFK. Details on the Levaye at JFK will be known shortly.
    With great tzar.

  3. Very sad, he was a great man and his shiurim on pirush hamilim on tfila every sunday in the mesifta was really something special. Now I heard he had yene machla for a while but wat did he have exactly? And how old was he at his ptira?

  4. yhei zichroi boruch !!
    As a former talmid I always knew I could go over to the r”y with any problems or hadrocha in anything big or small. He always knew how to make a bochur feel good and the bochurim loved him.

  5. I’m in utter shock that Reb Abba is no longer with us! His whole life was the yeshiva and to be mechanech bochurim ligedula. His unique personality is irreplaceable!

  6. emes liamitoi – it really is none of your business exactly what was wrong with him. what is with everyone that we always think we need to know everything!When we hear someone died all we want to hear about is how and why. just feel sad and leave the details alone!


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