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30 Tishrei 5762 - October 17, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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HaRav Yehuda Hakohen Rabin zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

A huge throng of mourners from Jerusalem, led by rabbonim, dayonim and roshei yeshivos and members of the Bucharian community accompanied HaRav Yehuda HaKohen Rabin, zt"l, on his last earthly journey on 16 Tishrei. He was the chief rabbi of the Bucharian community in Eretz Yisroel and head of the Atteres Chizkiyah beis medrash. HaRav Rabin was 83 years old at the time of his petiroh.

HaRav Rabin was born in Bucharia in 5679 (1918). His father, HaRav Chizkiyah HaKohen Rabin, the chief rabbi of Bucharia, stemmed from an ancient rabbinical family whose offspring had officiated as rabbis in Bucharia for generations.

As a youth, HaRav Yehuda Rabin studied in a local talmud Torah. When he was still young, the Bolsheviks gained control and closed down all botei medrash and talmudei Torah in the country. As a result, his father began to teach him privately. It was from these studies with his father that HaRav Yehuda derived most of his knowledge of Torah as well as his yiras Shomayim.

His outstanding talents and tremendous hasmodoh were evident at a young age. When he was 15 his family moved to Eretz Yisroel and settled in Jerusalem, where he began to study under HaRav Yaakov Ades in Yeshivat Porat Yosef in the Old City. His refined personality was formed in this yeshiva, where he was considered one of its most outstanding students.

After his marriage, he joined the Yeshivas Shem Kollel founded by his father, and remained there for many years, amassing much Torah knowledge. He received smicha on the laws of issur veheter, ishus, gittin and kiddushin as well as yoreh yoreh, yodin yodin from the great rabbonim of the time.

In his capacity as the chief rabbi of Bucharian Jewry in Eretz Yisroel, HaRav Rabin served as a link in his family's illustrious chain, established over two hundred years ago. He lived in the Bucharian Quarter in Jerusalem for many years, studying and praying in the Bava Tama synagogue. Many neighborhood residents regarded him as their rav and approached him with halachic questions, while he, in his pleasant manner, guided them by means of his droshos and daily shiurim.

Over the past twenty years before his petiroh, he resided in Sanhedria Hamurchevet, where he founded the Ateret Chizkiyah synagogue, named after his father, HaRav Chizkiyah Hakohen Rabin. The synagogue is one of most prominent in the neighborhood. He delivered shiurim to the many Sanhedria Hamurchevet residents davening there.

He was niftar on the first day of Succos. His levaya the following day was attended by many Jerusalem residents, as well as many members of the Bucharian community from all over the country who had come to pay final respects to their revered rav. The levaya left the Sanhedria funeral home and continued to Har Hamenuchos, where he was buried in the Kohanim plot.

He is survived by four sons: the rabbonim Avraham, Yitzhak, Yaakov and David; by two daughters married, respectively, to HaRav Mattityahu Niazoff and HaRav Simcha Ilan, and by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All of his offspring are pursuing the Torah path he charted for them.


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