Rav Dovid Landesman, z”l

With profound sadness I share with the Cross-Currents community news of the untimely petirah, today, erev Shabbos, of Rav Dovid Landesman, z”l. R. Landesman was a veteran mechanech and author on several continents. Cross-Currents readers will remember his incisive comments, often going where the rest of us feared to tread. He detested falsity, especially when its use debased Torah. He was one of the very few who had impeccable credentials in the yeshivah world through his own learning and his connection to gedolei Yisroel. Despite it – really davka because of it – he was a faithful gadfly from within, often saying and writing what was on the minds of many more. This is a terrible loss to his family, to countless talmidim, and to all who saw him as an anchor of sanity in tumultuous seas. Yehi zichro baruch

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6 Responses

  1. Daniel Weltman says:

    I doubt that most people in Am Yisrael realize the depth of their loss. Rabbi Landesman was a model to all of us, his students, of honesty, Torah, and dedication to Am Yisrael. We will never forget him.

  2. Naftoli says:

    Yehi Zichro Baruch

  3. Ellen Lebowicz says:

    My familiarity with Rabbi Landesman ,z”l” is limited to what I read on Cross-Currents, but I always looked forward to reading his refreshingly honest and courageous takes on our beautiful way of life when it seemed to be going a little too far (see your most recent articles and responses). I am sure he will be sorely missed. Who will speak for us now? Yehi Zichro Baruch.

  4. Davidf says:

    Baruch Dayan HaEmes.
    I rarely agreed with Rabbi Landesman, but his positions were always well considered, consistent, and soundly sourced. יהי זכרו ברוך

  5. Samuel Zimmerman says:

    Spent a memorable and wonderful Sukkot with him and his family in their small apartment in Arzei HaBira in 1977. Despite the smallness of the apt. ,there was room for tonsa of guests, including me, whom they did not even know beforehand. Yehi zichro baruch. please send shiva info

    [YA – Shiva will be observed at: Nachal Dolev 26/2 (Two floors down) Ramat Beit Shemesh]

  6. EV says:

    It is with great sadness that I read this. His home was the first Jewish home to open their doors to us. Our thoughts go out to Nechama and his children.

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