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Rabbi Dov Revel

December 25th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Rabbi Dov Revel

דוב ב"ר נחום שרגא

Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (RIETS)

Date of Death: Mon. December 2, 1940 - Kislev 2 5701

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Cemetery Details
83-45 Cypress Hills Street
Glendale, NY 11385
United States

Phone: (718) 366-5900


Cemetery Map:

Notes: Mount Carmel operates many of the surrounding cemeteries. Gates open Sunday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM. Closed Saturdays and some Jewish Holidays

Directions to Kever: Mount Carmel Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, Section: 1, Block: C, Map: 1A, Lot: 16 Grave: 4, floor-stone

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: REVEL, BERNARD

Biographical Notes:

Credit: Yeshiva University
Photo Credit: Institute For Judaic Culture and History (IFJCAH)

 Credit: Yeshiva University

Photo Caption: A partial list of famous Rabonim and Admorim who guest lectured at RIETS, among them HaRav Boruch Ber Leibowitz, Kaminetzer Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Aaron Kotler of Kletzk (later of  Lakewood) and Chief Rabbi Avroham Yitzchok HaKoen Kook. Source: The Story of Yeshiva University, Gilbert Klaperman, p. 169

Bio Information:
A number of books have been published on the life and times of the Rav Dov Revel since his passing. Among them, Bernard Revel: Builder of American Jewish orthodoxy, by Rav Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Kever of Rav Eliezer Tzvi Revel, a great rabbinic figure in his own right. Sadly the Rav never married. Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 chaim goldvasser // Dec 28, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    This person was known in his lifetime as the one who took RIETS which was a yeshiva and made it into a college. The ehrliche yidden in america at the time were strongly mocheh against him led by R’ Nosson Vachtfogel zt”l

  • 2 HaRav // Dec 28, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    On the other hand many agreed with him.

  • 3 Nachum Kempler // Dec 28, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    He brought Rav Shimon Shkop to RIETS.

  • 4 Baruch A // Dec 29, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    A once heard a story from Rabbi Diamond (Rav Davis?s SIL):
    A group of boys in the yeshiva were so outrage with the decision, that in protest they left RIETS to learn in a nearby shule. It was in that shule that Rav Nosson Wachtfogel met Rabbi Yehuda Davis and along with Rav Avigdor Miller went to Slabodka.

  • 5 LitFish // Jan 8, 2009 at 2:40 am

    So in away he gets credit for them going back to Europe to learn!!!!!!!!

  • 6 curios // Feb 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

    Rav Dov (Bernard) Revel learned in Volozhin and also had a doctorate.

  • 7 azi // Feb 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    @goldvasser: What you wrote is a real perversion of the facts. It’s almost false enough to make it into an Artscroll book.

    There was no RIETS before Rav Revel. It was a cheder for children which he grew into a high school, which obvioulsy had secular studies. He eventually opened a college so that the yeshiva students would be able to continue their torah studies while pursuing a degree which they would have done anyway in a non Jewish atmosphere.

    Obviouly there were some decisions he made that were protested against by lots of rabbonim but they were mostly older European rabbis who did not understand what he was creating and why there was a real need for it.

    If people wan’t to compain against Rabbi Samuel Belkin for taking it from a Yeshiva College to a real University, maybe that’s another story.

  • 8 AM // Dec 15, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Rav revel never learned in Volozhin. He was from Pren where his father was Rav, and close friends with R Yitzchak Elchonoin Spektor. His father was buried near R Yitzchak Elchonon in one ohel in Kovno,
    Rav Revel learned in Telshe for a short time. He was known as the Prener ilui.
    He also learned by R Yitzchak Blazer and in the Kovno Kollel.

    Anyone interested in this remarkable individual should read:
    Bernard Revel: Builder of American Jewish Orthodoxy by Aaron Rothkoff

  • 9 curios // Dec 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Your right – he was only born in 5646, so he couldn’t have learned there (at least not before it closed down).

  • 10 Cheskel // Dec 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Maybe when it reopened ?

  • 11 curios // Dec 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    No. He learned in Telz.

  • 12 Reb Elya // May 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm

  • 13 Farshlufen // Jul 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    DECEMBER 3, 1940
    Body of Revel, Dead at 55, Lies in State at Yeshiva

    NEW YORK –
    The body of Dr. Bernard Revel, president of Yeshiva College, who died early this morning at the age of 55 in Mt. Sinai Hospital after a week’s illness, lay in state today in the Yeshiva synagogue, where students will hold prayers all night until the services at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
    The services will be held in the Yeshiva auditorium with eulogies delivered by Rabbi Joseph Konvitz, of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis, of which Dr. Revel was honorary president; Rabbi Aaron D. Burack for the Yeshiva faculty, Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein for the alumni, Dr. Pinchos Churgin, president of the Yeshiva Teachers’ Institute, and Samuel Levy, president of the Yeshiva board of directors.
    Burial will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Cypress Hills, L.I., where eulogies will be delivered at the grave by Rabbi Leo Jung of The Jewish Center, Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, Rabbi Samuel Marcus of the Teachers’ Institute faculty and a student representative.
    Numerous messages of tribute and condolence were received by the Yeshiva today from Jewish leaders and organizations.
    Dr. Revel’s completion of 25 years as president of the orthodox rabbinical seminary was to have been celebrated at the annual Yeshiva dinner on Dec. 15.
    Dr. Revel had lived in the United States for 33 years and was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and Dropsie College. Previously he has studied at the Kovno Yeshiva in his native city, which is now Kaunas, Lithuania. He was the son of Rabbi Nahum Shraga Revel.
    In 1916 Dr. Revel founded the Yeshiva in New York. He was vice-president of the Jewish Acadany of Arts and Sciences, associate editor of “Ozar Israel,” the Hebrew encyclopedia, and author of many articles on religious subjects. His widow, the former Sarah Rabinowitz of Marietta, Ohic, and two sons survive him.

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