LAKEWOOD: Petira of HaRav Menashe Tzvi Winkler ZT”L; Learned By The Choeftz Chaim in Radin, Baranovitch, Kaminetz, And The Mir In Poland


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YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of HaRav Menashe Tzvi Winkler ZT”L. He was around 103 years old. He was Niftar on Tuesday where he lived in Lakewood, NJ.

The Niftar was one of the last people alive to have seen the Chofetz Chaim, learned in the Mir in Poland, in Baranovitch under Reb Elchonon Wasserman HY”D, and in Kaminetz under Reb Boruch Ber Leibeowitz ZT”L.

Rav Menashe Tzvi Z”L was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and after the sudden passing of his father, he went to learn in Radin under the Chofetz Chaim. He arrived there three weeks before his Petira. He was Zoche to shake the Chofetz Chaim’s hand and receive a Bracha from him to succeed in shteiging in yeshivah with simchah, serve Hashem in good health, and merit arichus yamim.

He vividly would recall the Levaya of the Chofetz Chaim, which took place on the morning of the first day of Selichos.

He then went to learn in Baranovitch under Reb Elchonon Wasserman HY”D, followed by Kaminetz where he heard Shiurim from Reb Boruch Ber Liebowitz ZT”L and then went to the Mir in Poland, where he was friends with the late Mirrer Rosh Yeshiva, Hagaon HaRav Shmuel Berenbaum ZT”L, Hagaon HaRav Leib Bakst ZT”L (Rosh Yeshiva of Detroit) and other Yeshiva Bochrim who would later become Gedolei Olam.

Levaya details will be published when they become available to us.

Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. BDE. I remember his brother ZT”L who came to Yeshiva Shaare Chaim in EY to learn with the bochrim. He did it on his own free time never taking anything in return.

  2. What a beautiful Yid, so quiet, soft-spoken, modest. I remember him from when he lived in NY, before moving to NJ.

    ישראל אשר בך אתפאר

    מי יתן לנו תמורתו


  3. Now we can only say that we knew someone who knew someone who saw the CCZtl. The CC was proud that as a child he met an old man who had seen the Gaon.The CC was born in the 1830’s and the Gaon was niftar in the 1790’s I think. Does anyone remember what a Volozhiner looked like? A Slobodker Talmid? A Lubliner? May I add a talmid of the Maharam Brisk?