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BDE: Supported The Torah World: Ba’al Tzedaka HaRav Avraham Wolfson, Z’l

Mourning engulfed the Torah world on the news of the petira of HaRav Avraham Wolfson, z’tl, one of the greatest Torah supporters and ba’alei tzedaka of this generation, overnight Monday at the age of 70.

Rav Avraham suffered a heart attack eight months ago and his medical condition has been precarious ever since. More recently he contracted the coronavirus and a month ago, he was hospitalized and sedated and ventilated.

The niftar, the son of Reb Zev Wolfson, z’l, the founder of the Wolfson Foundation, resided in Flatbush, where he opened his home to host countless Roshei Yeshivah and other guests who came to the States to fundraise or for other purposes.

Rav Avraham was not only a tremendous Ba’al Tzedaka and Ba’al Chessed but was also a formidable Talmid Chacham, learning Torah for hours each day. The Roshei Yeshivah who frequented his home knew that he would first sit down and learn with them before asking about their affairs.

He was also heavily involved in kiruv. He supported two kiruv organizations in Israel, Keren HaHasos and Shuvu.

Rav Avraham had a special connection with many Gedolei Yisrael including HaGaon HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, z’tl, HaGaon HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, z’tl, HaGaon HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, z’tl, and many others. He used to visit Eretz Yisrael every summer and would attend HaRav Elyashiv’s shiur each day.

One of his acquaintances told B’Chadrei Chareidim: “He was extremely makpid on lashon hara and rechilus. He frequently would call people to ask their mechila in case he heard something negative about them.”

The levaya will be held at 10:00AM today
at Shomrei Hadas 3803 14 Ave. The aron will then be brought to Eretz Yisrael, where another levaya wil take place in the presence of many Rabbanim and Roshei Yeshivos.


Boruch Dayan HaEmes.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

2 Responses

  1. where another levaya wil take place in the presence of many Rabbanim and Roshei Yeshivos It would be better that they all zoom or call in, so that we don’t suffer any more Corona losses השם-ירחם

  2. Please excuse my method of communication , I don’t know any other way to reach you .I can’t figure out the way of the world …. Someone who is wealthy , & gives a lot of צדקה ,gets much attention. Yet someone who was so unassuming , & sat & learned day & night , there is not even mention of his passing, or details of his לויה . I speak of Rav Moshe Goldstone . I am not reaching out to you, to upset you ,I think כבוד is due to a very special person זצ”ל ץ

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