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Rabbi Kotler, Noted Talmudic Scholar, Dies in New York; Was 71

Rabbi Aaron Kotler, who was considered one of the foremost Torah scholars of the world, died today in the Harkness Pavilion Medical Center here after an illness of three weeks. He was 71.

Born in Sislovich, Poland, he was head of the Yeshiva in Kletzk, Poland, until World War II when he came to the United States in 1939. He founded the Beth Medrash Gevoah in Lakewood N.J. for graduates of yeshivas throughout the United States and was head of that academy at his death.

He was chairman of the Grand Rabbinical Council of Agudas Israel and chairman of the Rabbinical Council of Torah Umesorah, the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools. The body will be flown Sunday to Israel for interment there.