The Torah world, and the city of Beitar Ilit, were plunged into mourning on Wednesday morning upon learning of the petirah of Hagaon Harav Dovid Tzvi Ordentlich, zt”l, the Ashkenazi Rav of Beitar Ilit from its founding. He was 82 at his petirah.
Harav Ordentlich was born in Hungary in 5697/1937. He moved with his family to Eretz Yisrael in 1951.
Harav Ordentlich served in a number of Rabbinic posts before his appointment as Rav of Beitar Ilit. He was one of the first Dayanim in the beis din of Hagaon Harav Nissim Karelitz, zt”l, in Bnei Brak. He served as a Maggid Shiur in the Boyan yeshivah gedolah in Yerushalayim, delivering a shiur klali on Wednesdays.
When the chareidi town of Beitar Ilit was founded, Harav Ordentlich was appointed to serve as the Ashkenazi Rav. Throughout the decades in this post, the Rav was respected and loved by all the residents of the city, and was also noted for his drashos.
The Rav maintained a close connection with all the Rabbanim and Rebbes in the city.
His son-in-law Harav Zelig Leib Braverman, zt”l, Rav of Shaarei Tefillah in Modiin Ilit, was niftar three years ago.
In recent years, the Rav was greatly weakened, and hospitalized several times.
Last Friday, he was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital in Yerushalayim in serious condition. He was niftar in the hospital on Wednesday morning.
The levayah will be held in Beitar, and from there to Bnei Brak, where the Rav is to be buried in the Ponevez cemetery.
Harav Ordentlich is survived by, lhbch”l, his Rebbetzin, children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Yehi zichro baruch.