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18 Adar 5767 - March 8, 2007 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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HaRav Avrohom Blumenkrantz zt"l

By A. Cohen

Thousands took part in the levaya of HaRav Avrohom Blumenkrantz zt"l, a prominent posek and educator in the US who passed away on Erev Shabbos Parshas Terumoh (5 Adar) and was laid to rest two days later in Eretz Hakodesh.

Avrohom Blumenkrantz was born in Jerusalem in 5705 (1945) to HaRav Chaim Menachem Ben Tzion. As a young boy his parents moved to the US and later to Bogota, Colombia, where his father served as rov of the local Jewish community. While he was still a boy his parents returned to the US, where his father served as rov of a prominent shul in Far Rockaway.

As a young man he studied at Yeshiva Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim under Maran HaRav Moshe Feinstein zt"l. After marrying Sheindel Bournstein tlc"a he continued his intensive Torah study at Tiferes Yerushalayim, stressing halochoh and horo'oh. He cleaved to his rebbe, Reb Moshe, later doing shimush in his beis horo'oh and receiving semichoh from him.

Eventually he was asked to serve as rov of Beis Medrash Ateres Yisroel in Far Rockaway, where he taught Torah, yiroh, halochoh and Mussar. In response to various breaches in kashrus in the US, especially regarding Pesach products, he issued a kashrus guide that eventually became a standard item in every religious home and a vital source for matters related to hilchos Pesach. Tens of thousands of copies were sold and the book was considered authoritative on the topics of food kashrus, making the home kosher for Pesach, hotel kashrus, cosmetics, medicine, household items, the minimal amounts needed for matzoh and the Four Cups, and more. The book also demonstrated HaRav Blumenkrantz' mastery of the entire Shulchan Oruch.

He also published an English-language classic on family purity called Gefen Poriyoh and gave many shiurim on the subject, helping to buttress the walls of kedushoh and taharoh in the US. He even gave out his phone number and beeper number, saying he was available 24 hours a day for questions on family purity.

Over the years he published numerous booklets on halochoh and hashkofoh topics, including booklets for the Yomim Noraim, Succos and Bircas Hachamoh, and left behind extensive writings that have yet to be published.

He worked hard to restore peace among Jews separated by dispute and had great siyata deShmaya in restoring sholom bayis between man and wife.

He gave shiurim in halochoh, hashkofoh and mussar to thousands of Jewish girls over the years, instilling in them the importance of building Torah homes and avoiding material excess. His teaching colleagues described him as a model of middos tovos, gadlus and sagacity in teaching yaldei Yisroel the tradition handed down from generation to generation.

He had to be hospitalized recently for heart problems. When the staff brought him several pills to take he examined the medications and said he did not want to take one of them because it contained a combination of meat-based and milk- based ingredients, asking them to provide him the same medication manufactured by a different company.

Two weeks ago he underwent a ten-hour heart surgery procedure, followed by another operation the next day, but he never regained consciousness and later returned his soul to his Maker.

The levaya set out from his shul, Beis Medrash Ateres Yisroel in Far Rockaway. Thousands of people from throughout Brooklyn came to join the deceased's family and kehilloh members. Before the procession began he was eulogized by his brother, HaRav Shlomo Blumenkrantz, HaRav Shlomo Feivel Shustel, a ram at Yeshivas Torah Temimoh, HaRav Bressler, his friend and the nosi of the kehilloh R' Y. Rozovsky, his sons, HaRav Yitzchok Yaakov, HaRav Alexander and the young R' Kasriel, as well as his son-in-law HaRav Kasriel Bloom.

The aron arrived in Eretz Yisroel on the Sunday night. Before the levaya set out he was eulogized by HaRav N. Jeigher, HaRav Y. Weinberg, his son-in-law HaRav Y. Lehrer, HaRav Finkel, his sons HaRav Tuvioh and HaRav Alexander, and his brother-in-law, HaRav Yosef Bagad.

HaRav Avrohom zt"l is survived by his wife, his 15 children, including two not yet married, and grandchildren carrying on the fabulous spiritual legacy he passed on to them during his lifetime.


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