An American-born rabbi, Rabbi Moshe Green attended almost all of the existing American yeshivahs in his youth. He passed away on April 6 after COVID-19 further affected his already weakened health.

His parents, Rabbi Yisrael and Tzirel, emigrated to the United States from Yekaterinoslav (Nikolayev), Ukraine in 1922, settling in Trenton, N.J.; and then the Brownsville and Canarsie neighborhoods of Brooklyn, N.Y.

He studied under the tutelage of some of the most prominent 20th-century American rabbis, then headed several yeshivas in New York before going on to establish a yeshivah of his own in Monsey, N.Y., which he would lead for more than five decades.

He gained a reputation as a brilliant-minded Talmudic scholar—one who could explain the most difficult Talmud passages with ease to students on all levels. He also lectured at Jewish events around the world.

His yeshivah didn’t go unnoticed; over the years, it attracted thousands of students from around the world. Many were so drawn to him and had such fond memories of their years spent at his school that upon settling down in various Jewish communities, they would establish synagogues for fellow alumni, naming them Tiferes Moshe in honor of their beloved teacher.

He had been ill and homebound for some time before his passing.

Green and his wife, Slava, had 17 children, many of whom would go on to become rabbis and educators in their own right.

He is also survived by hundreds of descendants.

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