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Dov Yaffe
BornJune 1928 (1928-06)
Died (aged 89)
Yahrtzeit19 Cheshvan, 5778

Dov Yaffe (Hebrew: דב יפה‎; 1928–2017) was a Lithuanian-born Israeli rabbi, mashgiach, and leader of the Musar movement.


He was born at Vilna in June 1928. In 1935, at age 7, he moved with his parents to the Land of Israel and settled in Tel Aviv where he studied at Yeshivas Hayishuv Hachadash [he] and afterward at the Hebron, Ponevezh, and Slabodka yeshivos.[1][2]


He became the assistant to Rabbi Elyah Lopian at the Knesses Chizkiyahu yeshiva which relocated to Rekhasim in Northern Israel in 1955. While based in Rekhasim, he taught Musar to thousands of students in Knesses Chizkiyahu, in Karmiel, and in Kol Yaakov [he] in Jerusalem[1][2]


He was married to Rivka and had six children.[1]

Final illness and death

Prior to his death, he was hospitalized at Laniado Hospital in Kiryat Sanz, Netanya. He died on November 8, 2017, at age 89.[1][2]


His writings were published in Divrei Chachamim and other s'farim.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Shira Schmidt (Nov 15, 2017). "The passing of a Mussar Master". Ami. No. 342. p. 46.
  2. ^ a b c זקן המשגיחים ומגדולי בעלי המוסר: המשגיח הגה"צ רבי דב יפה זצוק"ל. JDN [he] (in Hebrew). Nov 8, 2017. Retrieved Nov 5, 2018.