Yassky was born in Kishinev, Russia. While studying medicine at the University of Odessa, he became active in the Zionist movement.  Before World War I he took part in Jewish self-defense against pogromists in Odessa. 
In 1920, Yassky immigrated to Palestine, where he was appointed district physician of Haifa. As an ophthalmologist, he initiated programs to eradicate trachoma.  In 1931, Yassky became director of the Hadassah organization. He was one of the driving spirits behind the establishment of the Rothschild-Hadassah University Hospital on Mount Scopus.
- Cornay, Joan (2001). Who's Who in Jewish History. London: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-26030-2
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