Rav Yitzchak Blazer was a student of Rabbi Yisroel Salanter, founder of the Musar movement, under whose direction, despite his relatively young age (25) he was appointed Chief Rabbi of St. Petersburg.
Among Blazer's accomplishments, in addition to his own authorship of Pri Yitzchak, a halakhic responsa text, was the publishing of many of Salanter's letters in Or Yisrael ("The Light of Israel"), as well as articles on Musar, Teshuvah, and the life of his teacher, Rav Yisrael Salanter. He also authored Kochvei Ohr.
From 1880 to approximately 1891, he served as the head of the Kovno Kollel in Kaunas, Lithuania, which was founded by Salanter. Under Blazer's direction, the kollel came to be "considered by its contemporaries as a bastion of the Mussar movement," a Jewish ethical movement based in Lithuania within the Russian Empire, and was attacked by the Musar movement's opponents.
In 1904 he emigrated to Jerusalem, where Rav Shmuel Salant was Chief Rabbi; during Rav Itzele's last three years they worked together on several communal and charitable projects. Rav Blazer died on 11 Av 5667 (1907).
In keeping with his teacher's ideas and ideals, his acts of personal Anivus (humility) included:
- "Rabbi Yitzchok Blazer (1837–1907)".
- Dov Katz, Tenu'at Ha-Musar, vol. 2, p. 222–23.
- "Letter from the General Committee with the signature of Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer (1905)".
- Immanuel Etkes, Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement, 274
- Immanuel Etkes, Rabbi Israel Salanter and the Mussar Movement, 275
- Ginsburg, Mordechai. "The Musar movement". p. 33. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
- "Rav Yitzchok Blazer: Master Of Silence".