Rabbi Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss ztz"l
Rabbi Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss ztz"l Yaakov Lederman/Flash90

The Ga'avad of the Eidah Hachareidit of Jerusalem, the head of the haredi Rabbinical Court of Jerusalem, Rabbi Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss ztz"l, has passed away at the age of 95.

Rabbi Weiss had been hospitalized in serious condition for several days before passing away during Shabbat, in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in the capital.

A decision regarding the time of the funeral will be made shortly; it will be held either on Saturday night or on Sunday.

Rabbi Weiss served as Ga'avad for 19 years, moving to Jerusalem from Belgium in order to take on the position. He was born in what was then Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), and escaped the Holocaust by being placed on the famous Kindertransport and arriving in London, where he remained for many years, becoming a prominent rosh kollel and later the rabbi of the Etz Chaim synagogue.

Rabbi Weiss moved to Antwerp where he lived for 37 years and became a dayan (rabbinical judge) on the Antwerp Beit Din (rabbinical court). In 2003, he was selected as Ga'avad of the Eidah Hachareidit of Jerusalem, to replace his predecessor, Rabbi Yisrael Moshe Dushinsky ztz"l.

May his memory be for a blessing.