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Rabbi Yonason David during the 1970s.

Yonasan Dovid David (also known as Jonathan Dovid David) is the rosh yeshiva ("dean") of Yeshiva Pachad Yitzchok and Kollel Ohr Eliyahu in the Har Nof section in Jerusalem. He also serves as the co-rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin together with Rabbi Aaron Schechter in Brooklyn, New York City.

Rabbi David is married to Rebbetzin Dr. Bruria David née Hutner the only child of Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner. His brother is Rabbi Hillel David a noted posek ("decisor [of Jewish law]") in Brooklyn. Rabbi David is often used as a notable source within the Haredi world's intellectual circles.[1][2][3][4]

Rabbi David became a disciple of Rabbi Hutner when he enrolled at the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin as a teenager. He subsequently also spent time at the Mir yeshiva in Jerusalem. The David and Hutner families were on one of the planes hijacked in the Dawson's Field hijackings (September 6, 1970) of four jet aircraft bound for New York City by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that spawned the Black September terrorist group and were caught up the subsequent civil war that broke out on 16 September 1970, when King Hussein of Jordan qnd the entire Palestine Liberation Organization. Hutner's and David students and colleagues were overjoyed when they were released.[5]


Rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin

A number of years prior to his passing in 1980, Rabbi Hutner officially announced that Rabbi Aaron Schechter and Rabbi Yonasan David would both serve as co-equal rosh yeshivas of the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin. This was done when the yeshiva moved to its location on Coney Island Avenue in 1966 and Rabbi Hutner declared to all present that henceforth Rabbi Schechter and Rabbi David would share seats at the front of the main beth midrash (the main study hall of the yeshiva) with Rabbi Schechter sitting at the front right and Rabbi David at the front left, and with Rabbi Hutner sitting in the center. Even after the death of Rabbi Hutner, the center seat has been left empty as a kind of "holy spot", with Rabbi Schechter continuing to occupy the front right position. When Rabbi David returns for brief visits from Israel he assumes his position in the front left of the beth midrash. The seating arrangements reflect both Rabbi Schechter's and Rabbi David's positions of supreme authority within the totality of the yeshiva.

Rabbi Yitchok Hutner's legacy

  • Rabbi and Rebbetzin David have edited the works of Rabbi Hutner, known as Pachad Yitzchok ("Fear of Isaac" also: "Isaac's Fear/Awe").[6]
  • He complied and published the official biography of Rabbi Hutner known as "Sefer HaZikaron" ("Book of Remembrance").[7]
  • Edited a subsequent volume of Rabbi Hutner's "Igros Ukesavim" ("Letters and Writings")[8]: "This volume consists of 264 letters and other writings. The unique character of this volume, as distinct from the other published volumes of the Pachad Yitzchak series, is spelled out in a brief, masterful introduction consisting of divrei Torah contributed by Rabbi Yonasan David shlita (son-in-law of the Rosh Yeshivah). The volume is divided into several sections: The first section contains letters dealing primarily with Hilchos De'os Vechovas Halevavos (duties of the heart and mind.)"[9]
  • Rabbi David has issued his own contributions based on Rabbi Hutner's thoughts known as "Ma'amarei Pachad Yitzchok" ("Talks/Teachings of Pachad Yitzchok").[10]

Trans-Atlantic rosh yeshiva

Rabbi David resides in Jerusalem for most of the year, but he returns to Brooklyn for most of the Hebrew month of Nisan to celebrate Passover and for some of Tishrei to celebrate the start of Sukkot) and serves as rosh yeshiva at the Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin during that time together with Rabbi Aaron Schechter.

See also


  1. ^ "Bridging the gap: clarifying the eternal foundations of mussar and emunah. By Avi Fertig". Google books. January 8, 2010.  
  2. ^ "This World Is Not The End Of Life, by Rabbi Moshe Weinberger". Aish Kodesh January 8, 2010.  
  3. ^ "Shiurim: Parshas Eikev - 5759. By Rabbi Pesach Siegel". Yeshivat Tiferet Yerushalayim. January 8, 2010.  
  4. ^ "Shiurim: Parshas Vayeitze - 5761. By Rabbi Pesach Siegel". Yeshivat Tiferet Yerushalayim. January 8, 2010.  
  5. ^ "Mini Midrash and a Maaseh: An Anthology of Insights and Commentaries by Chanoch Teller". Google books. January 8, 2010.  
  6. ^ Pachad Yitzhok: Hilchos Dei'os Vechovos Halevavos, Volumes 1 - 10, Edited by Yonason David, published by Gur Aryeh Publications, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  7. ^ Sefer HaZikaron: Biography of Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner. Published by Yeshiva Pachad Yitzchok, Jerusalem, Israel
  8. ^ Igros Ukesavim. Published by Gur Aryeh Publications, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  9. ^ "Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner: By the Writing Desk of the Master (originally appeared in Jewish Observer magazine)". Tzemach January 8, 2010.  
  10. ^ Ma'amarei Pachad Yitzchok, written and annoted by Rabbi Yonason David, Gur Aryeh Publications, Brooklyn, NY USA


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