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Rabbi Mordechai Zev Dzikansky

February 22nd, 2011 · 14 Comments

Rabbi Mordechai Zev Dzikansky

מרדכי זאב ב"ר ליפמן

Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Ohr HaChaim Slobodka

Date of Death: Sat. November 9, 1946 - Cheshvan, 14 5707

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Cemetery Details
300 Elmont Road
Elmont, NY 11003
United States

Phone: 718-343-4000


Cemetery Map:


Directions to Kever: Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, New York on Long Island maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Jericho Avenue, between Cleveland and Harrison, about 100 feet behind the Novominsker ohel

Biographical Notes:

Dzikansky Mordechai Zev 1
Photo Caption: Rav Mordechai Zev Dzikansky Photo Credit: From the archives of Chaim Kutnicki
Dzikansky Mordechai Zev 2
Photo Caption: Rav Mordechai Zev Dzikansky Photo Credit: From the archives of Chaim Kutnicki
Dzikansky Mordechai Zev 3
Photo Caption: Rav Hershel Levitan, Founding Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Ohr HaChaim Slobodka

Bio Information: 

Credit: Shmuel Amsel, Brooklyn, NY

Credit: Marker of Rabbi Yekuthiel Dzikansky, R"M Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchonon (RIETS), Beth David Cemetery, Elmont, NY

Tags: Beth David Cemetery - Long Island · New York · Queens / L.I., NY

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 curios // Feb 22, 2011 at 2:11 am

    Interesting that there’s no last nmae.

    Ohr Hachaim Yeshiva was known as Reb Hershel Slabodkerer’s Yeshiva. His name was Reb Hershel Levitan. The Yeshiva was founded by the Alter of Slabodka for younger boys.

  • 2 curios // Feb 22, 2011 at 2:16 am

    His last name was Dzikansky. See here:

    His wife was a granddaughter of the above mentioned Reb Hershel.
    His father-in-law Reb Avigdor Menkovitz had other choshuver sons-in-law, among them Reb Yisroel Isser Shapiro, the son of Reb Refoel from Volozhin.

  • 3 curios // Feb 22, 2011 at 2:20 am

    See also here:

    (On the right side, there is about Rabbi Shochatowitz).

  • 4 YD Miller // Feb 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    There is a famous retired NYPD Detective Mordechai Zev Dzikansky who was the 3rd Orthodox jeww to join the NYPD in 1983,

    He ended up traveling the world in the fight against terror and authored the book “Terrorist Cop: The NYPD Jewish Cop Who Traveled the World to Stop Terrorists”

    I would assume that he is a Einikel and namesake of this Rosh Yeshiva

  • 5 Farshlufen // Feb 22, 2011 at 2:11 pm

  • 6 Adina Kutnicki,Israel // Feb 23, 2011 at 10:28 am


    You all are good detectives, just like his namesake, NYPD(ret)Homicide Detective, First Grade,Mordecai Zev Dzikansky.
    I never knew my grandfather because he died before I was born, but suffice it to say, I got used to ‘special’ treatment in my schools when the Rabbis found out I was ‘that’ Dzikansky.
    I do know that his last years were spent as a Rosh Yeshiva at MTJ on the lower east side of NYC. He was so beloved that when he suffered a stroke his talmidim insisted on learning at his home, sitting alongside him to glean any wisdom they could.
    The revered Rabbi Moshe Feinstein took my grandfather’s place when he became too ill.

    It is very special that people posted it.Our family will be delighted.

  • 7 curios // Feb 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Adina, see here too:

  • 8 Adina Kutnicki, Israel // Feb 24, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Curios, thanks for the additional link. By the way, the picture my son Chaim posted above is one that my sister Navah, and our father, Rabbi Jekuthiel Dzikansky z”l, kept hung on their walls.It is a family favorite.His grandchildren always noted the ‘twinkle’ in his eye from that picture, most likely he would have been a very kind grandfather/saba.We always felt we missed something by not having him in our lives.

  • 9 YD Miller // Feb 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Where was your father a Rabbi and where is he burried?
    I saw your son had the date of your Grandfather’s passing wrong on his website, is this the first time you see his Matzeive/Tombstone?
    Is the above mentioned detective Mordy Dzikansky your brother?

  • 10 Adina Kutnicki, Israel // Feb 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    YD Miller, my father was a Rabbi at YU for 45 years, when he first came from Europe he was teaching the smicha students at REITS.Even though he did not speak any English they were thrilled to have a Rabbi from Telz Yeshiva in Europe, a son of Rabbi Mordecai Zev Dzikansky on board.
    My father, Rabbi Jekuthiel Dzikansky, z”l, is buried at Beth Moses Cemetery in Pine Lawn, Long Island.
    My grandfather ‘s yarzheit is the 14th of Cheshvan.
    Yes, ‘Morty’ Dzikansky is my brother, the famous anti-terror cop, a worldwide expert(of all things!) in suicide bombings.

  • 11 curios // Nov 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    The correct Yohrzeit date is definitely on 15th of Cheshvan, and not the 14th – check up a calendar and you will see that Shabbos is on the 15th.

  • 12 archivesmls // Apr 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm


    Was the Ohr HaChaim Yeshiva located in the same building as Kloyz Po’alei-Tsedek (the Tailor’s Shul) in Slobodka?

  • 13 curios // Apr 14, 2013 at 1:43 am

    All I know is that it was situated in the Chevra Halvayas Hames, possible that that is the same as the one you mention. See for example here towards the bottom of the first column:

    There is a whole story why the Yeshiva was named Ohr Hachaim.

  • 14 curios // Apr 14, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Seems it was only partly in the above mentioned shul, the Yeshiva itself had it’s own building.

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