Becoming religious as a young man with sheer grit and determination, Rabbi Yisroel Horowitz worked to become a star student at an elite academy of higher Torah learning with private study sessions with Rabbi Yaakok Yitzchok Ruderman, a leading rabbi of the past generation. Horowitz passed away on April 6 after contracting COVID-19.

Born in Jersey City, N.J., to parents Manuel Horowitz and Anne Salow-Horowitz, Horowitz was blessed with a sharp and analytical mind. He was deeply committed to his studies and spent a decade learning in Israel before returning to the United States to guide and mentor young students in yeshivahs around the country.

He settled in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Despite his ability to sit in front of pages of the Talmud for hours at a time, he remained approachable and a confidant for his beloved mentees.

At the time of his passing, Horowitz was preparing his second book, a follow up to his Yad Yisroel, which contained original thoughts and insights on the Chumash and Talmud.

He is survived by his brother, Jeffrey Horowitz, and sister, Jane Horowitz Sklon.

He was predeceased by his parents, Manuel Horowitz and Anne Salow Horowitz.

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