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Rabbi Dovid Wachtfogel

September 12th, 2012 · 10 Comments

Rabbi Dovid Wachtfogel

דוד ב"ר יצחק

Rav, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Date of Death: Sat. August 5, 1972 - AV 25 5732

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Cemetery Details


Phone: 02-627-5050


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Har Hazesim (Mount of Olives) Cemetery - Jerusalem, Israel. It is strongly recommended for those unfamiliar with the cemetery to go with a guide. In addition, security is at times a concern. Location: Needed

Biographical Notes:

Photo Caption: Rabbi Dovid Wachtfogel, Credit Florence Lipschutz

Photo Caption: Kosher for Passover product under Rav Wachtfogel’s supervision, Credit: IFJCAH

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Tags: Pennsylvania · Philadelphia, PA

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YD Miller // Sep 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    He was niftar 1972 and buried in Jeruslem, here is an article from JTA:

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 10 (JTA) –
    Rabbi David Wachtfogel of Philadelphia, who died in Philadelphia last Saturday at the age of 62 and whose remains were brought to Israel for interment, was buried yesterday on the Mount of Olives. Rabbi Wachtfogel left the Old City of Jerusalem 40 years ago and settled in the United States, serving as a leading Orthodox rabbi for many years in Philadelphia.
    The eulogy was given by his father, Rabbi Yitzhak Wachtfogel, who is head of the Mea Shearim Yeshiva in Jerusalem and president of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court. Though he is believed to be more than 80 years old, the father is still very active as a rabbi and rabbinical judge.
    Jerusalem’s religious community turned out in force to accompany the bodies of Rabbi Wachtfogel and of Rabbi David Cohen, a faithful disciple of Rabbi Abraham Kook, the first Chief Rabbi in pre-State Palestine. Rabbi Cohen died at the age of 86 after a long illness. President Zalman Shazar and Israel’s two Chief Rabbis led one of the largest mourning processions in years for the two rabbinical leaders.

  • 2 Farshlufen // Sep 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

    נפ’ כ”ה אב תשל”ב

  • 3 תולדות ושורשים // Sep 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    דומני שחתנו הוא האדמו”ר רבי גדליה אהרן רבינוביץ ממונסטרישצא.

  • 4 ישבב הסופר // Oct 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    מצאתי במקור כת”י הנמצא תח”י שהיה חתן הרב משה שפירא מאטלנטיק סיטי, בנו של הגה”ץ רבי בנציון רבי הירש מיכל’ס מירושלים.

  • 5 Tsipora Lipschutz // Nov 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I am a daughter of Harav Dovid Wachtfogel. We are six children. Our beloved father of blessed memory was a tzadik Gamoor. He loved people and helped many in many ways. Our home was a shelter for constant guests. He gave Hashgocha to slaughter houses and butchers, as well as to products like cholov yisroel milk for Pesach.
    There are no words to describe the gentleness, kindness, menschlichkite, love of mitzvas and learning Torah.

    Our home was a shining example of kedusha because he truly was a Rav with outstanding midos. We all adored him, and will never forget how he created a little Yerushalayim in our home in Philadelphia He worked constantly to aid in building up Eretz Yisroel and Am Yisroel. He gave tzedaka well beyond hi means and perpetuated a mishpocha that loves Torah and mitzvos. He was a joy to be with.

    My siblings all live in Eretz Yisroel. Rabbi Yehoshua Bezalel Wachtfogel lives in Arzei Habira, Jerusalem. He married Tova HaKohen and has six children and many grandchildren as well as a great granchild. My oldest sister is Shoshana Yehuda from Tsfat whose husband is Rabbi David Yehuda. They too have six children, the youngest was killed in the war in Lebanon. Their family are all shomry mitzvos as well. My older sister, Shaindel Hartman lives in Kiryat Shlomo Yerushalayim. She has seven children, many many grandchildren, and great grandchildren, all shomrei mitzvos.
    My younger sister Miriam Rabinowitz married Harav Gedalia Rabinowitz , Manishtrishta Rebbe who lives in Kiryat Shlomo as well. They have two children, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren shomrei mitzvos. Miriam was niftar three years ago, after a long illness.
    The youngest daughter Brindy is married to Rafi Schreuver, who was born in a concentration camp. They have two sons, and have grandchildren as well. I am , Tsipora, the middle daughter. I married Rav Yitzchak Lubin and I am blessed with wonderful frum children (5). My husband was niftar in 1978. I remarried Rav Yacov Lipschutz and we have been blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren who are a nachus to us all.

    May my father’s memory continue to give us joy, for he brought simcha, ahava, and Torah to everyone he encountered, most especially his mishpocha.

  • 6 YD Miller // Nov 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Thank you Rebbetzin Lipschutz for the detailed biography.

    In which concentration camp was your younger sister Brindy born? you mean a Kibbutz in Israel?

  • 7 יודל // Nov 16, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    concentration camp is not a kibbutz it was at ww2

  • 8 Eugenia ten Boom // Jan 29, 2017 at 1:05 am

    Tsipora Lipschutz,

    I was a student at Ohel Jacob back in the 1960’s and was so glad to find out what happened to this wonderful and G-dly man. Rabbi David Wachtfogel made a big impression on my life and I wanted to let you know that. I have wondered for years what happened to my old Synagogue after I moved away and joined another Synagogue. I went out to see on Google maps and of course the Synagogue isn’t there any longer. Did it merge with another Synagogue? I hope you and your family are well and I wish much happiness and love to you and your sisters and brother and their families.
    In HaShem’s Name.

  • 9 E Adler // Sep 20, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I’m a granddaughter.
    It is Brindys husband (not she) that was born in a concentration camp, Westerbork.
    Brindy was born in Philadelphia.
    They met on Kibbutz in Israel.
    They are blessed with grandchildren, may they have much continued nachas from them.

  • 10 Z'ev M Freed // Jul 26, 2019 at 9:36 am

    My family & I were members at 0-J for many years. My father, Z”L became the Shamus there & sold Holiday =membership tickets for several years. Yes, I celebrated my B-M there. Thou must recall my Mom & Dad. I visited your mom, Z”L in B-V & I had spoken with your brother until he became quite ill. You remember Joyce & “Al” F.

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