עולם התורה באבל • נפלה עטרת ראשנו • BORUCH DAYAN EMES: Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner zt”l

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rav-shmuel-wosner1:05 p.m. EST: It is with immense sadness that we report the passing several minutes ago of Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner zt”l, senior posek, author of the Shevet Halevi and rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin in Bnei Brak. Rav Wosner was niftar just as Chag HaPesach descended upon Eretz Yisroel. Rav Wosner had been hospitalized at Mayanei Hayeshuah Medical Center in Bnei Brak.

He was 101 years old.

Rav Wosner was born in Vienna, Austro-Hungary, and studied at Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin of Poland under Rav Meir Shapiro zt”l. He was also a talmid of Rav Shimon of Zelicov, mashgiach of the yeshiva.

Rav Wosner married and immigrated to Eretz Yisroel before the Holocaust and settled in Yerushalayim, where he studied at the Dushinsky Yeshiva. It was at that time that, despite his young age, he became a member of the Eidah Hachareidis.

When Rav Wosner relocated to Bnei Brak, at the urging of the Chazon Ish, the Tchebiner Rov, Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer, and Rav Yitzchok Halevi Herzog, he established the Zichron Meir neighborhood and Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin, bearing the same name as the one in Lublin where he studied in his youth.

Rav Wosner was the author of several prominent works, including Shevet Halevi, a comprehensive set of shailos uteshuvos comprising ten volumes, and several other seforim all bearing the same name.

His sons include Rav Chaim Wosner, formerly dayan of London’s Satmar community, who moved to Bnei Brak to assist his father; Rav Bentzion Wosner of Monsey, New York, who is the av bais din of the Shevet Halevi Bais Din; and Rabbi Yosef Wosner of Brooklyn, New York.

The passing of Rav Wosner is truly the end of an era, plunging Klal Yisroel into mourning with the petirah of the gedolei Torah of our day.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Matzav.com}

12 COMMENTS

  1. At this time we must ALL unite as one nation as pesach comes in, to show Hashem that we are ready for Moshiach Tzidkeinu and be removed from this long and bitter Golus and all the Tzoros that have befallen us. May we all be zoche to be at Techias Hameisim were we will meet all the Tzadikim, Avos, Neviim, Shoftim, Rishonim, Achronim, Roshei Yeshivos, Poskim, Geonim, and all the victims of terror from the three boys that got kidnapped and mercilessly killed, to the baby that was murdered in the car attack by the Yerushalyim light rail and the kedoishei Har nof massacre and the yidden brutally killed erev shabbos in the paris supermarket and the unfathomable tragedy in Flatbush (the sassoon children) and Maran Poisek Hador Ba’al Shevet Haleivi Zecher Tzadik ve”kadosh Livrochah. Hahsem knows what is best for us, so even when it hurts we don’t ask why, we accept it. Hashem please bring the ultimate Geulah that as Reb Gavriel Sassoon said “we will all jump for joy because then and only then will we know why.” There will be no questions, everything will be crystal clear. A koshera freilichen pesach to all Yidden accross the world. Umucha Hashem dimah me’al KOL ponim. Amen

  2. Boruch day an haemet

    What a terrible tragedy and loss to befall lal Yisroel on erev Pesach. This is the Yetzer hara that is trying to ruin the yom tov of freedom for k lal Yisroel.

    This is just terrible. When are we making an official day and time for Teshuva Kinnus and fasting? After yom tov is over.

    A tzaddik like this loss does not need a eulogy. We all know exactly what a great loss it is to every one of us.

    May we all do teshuva very soon so we don’t lose any more of our guidance

    May his neshama have an aliya

  3. @Token

    BDE

    This is terrible and a very sad day for klal yisroel. Rav Wosner ZTV”L no doubt had many zechusim and turned aside many harsh gezeiros against klal Yisroel.

  4. He was one of the few people in our generation worthy of the title of “Posek HaDor” — quite literally. He had the style of old poskim of previous generations writing 11 volumes of ShuT (perhaps more but that’s what’s been printed) as well as being mamid 10s if not 100s of talmidim as Rabbonim and Morei Horah. These talmidim in turn going in his way and having many talmidim of their own who became poskim.

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