Rabbi Aaron Levine z”l


rabbi-aaron-levineIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine z”l, rov of the Young Israel of Avenue J in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Rabbi Levine was niftar on Monday, his birthday, 15 Nissan, the first day of Pesach.

Rabbi Levine was the Samson and Halina Bitensky Professor of Economics and chairman of the Department of Economics at Yeshiva College of Yeshiva University. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Brooklyn College, he was awarded his MA and PhD by New York University.

Rabbi Levine received semichah at Yeshiva Rabbi Jacob Joseph.

A noted expert on halachic commercial law, Rabbi Levine’s research specialty was the interface between economics and halacha, especially as it relates to public policy and modern business practices. Rabbi Levine published widely on these issues. Rabbi Levine was active in the area of conflict resolution, and served as an ad hoc dayan and arbitrator in the bais din of the Rabbinical Council of America.

Rabbi Levine was an associate editor of the journal Tradition, a member of the advisory council for the International Center for Jewish Business Ethics and a nominee for the World Jewish Academy of Science.

Rabbi Levine authored dozens of articles and many books and seforim, and he lectured hundreds of times on myriad topics relating to halacha and law.

Rabbi Levine is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Sarah Levine, and his family.

A short levaya was held last night at JFK Airport and the aron was then flown at 11:30 p.m. to Eretz Yisroel. A levaya will be held in today at the Eretz Hachayim Cemetery in Har Tuv, near Bet Shemesh, at 7:30 p.m.

Shivah will begin following Yom Tov at Rabbi Levine’s home, located at 957 East 19th Street, in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Yossi Schneider-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. I never met R. Levine personally, and I never heard a shiur from him, yet I consider myself a talmid of his from studying his well written sefarim.

    They are all well researched, and written in a clear organized manner. Many of today’s writers should take pointers from his writings, and try to follow in his footsteps.

    Yehi Zichro Baruch!

    A talmid in Yerushalayim

  2. He was a wonderful man, a true pedagogue and ba’al middot tovot. I started college at YU as an economics major, and took Prof Levine’s Introduction to Economics. Suffice it to say, the study was not for me and I fared miserably in his class; despite my best efforts. A week after the semester ended he sent me a note asking to meet him during his office hours. I went to his office and he told me the following: 1) I barely passed the final exam; 2) I really should change my major 3) he saw no point in ruining my nascent college career simply because I took a class for which I was not suited. He was well aware of the effort I put into his class, and did want me to be harmed into the future. So he gave me a B so long I promised to both change my major (he suggested psychology and I followed his advice to great success in college)and remain a diligent student. The man understood that kids should not be afraid to try new things, and that only by making such endeavors risk free, will they ever try. I never took another class with him again, but I’m very glad to have met this kind and decent person.

  3. I had the privilege of meeting and working with Prof. Levine over the past six months. He was what a Jew ought to be. A scholar in Torah and in secular studies, Rabbi Levine was one of the most humble and self-effacing people I have ever met. Concerned to the end for the welfare of his students, he overlooked his own pain and suffering to teach, prepare exams, and counsel. Most importantly, he was the voice of Ethics in a world where mitzvos shebayn odom lechaveiro are placed on the back burner as everyone rushes to outfrum one another. He will be sorely missed by everyone who was blessed to have known him.

  4. He was the son in law of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Dovid Warshavchik ZT’L, Noted Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbeinu Yaakov Yosef, on the lower East Side. Boruch Dayan HaEmes.

  5. Rabbi Levine was a gaon in Torah and was a gadol in Derech Eretz. He had a tremendous love for every Yid and showed tremendous hakoras hatov for anyone whoever helped him. He was a truly special and humble person. He will be missed.

  6. A brilliant talmid chacham, a great scholar,
    a kind, gentle and humble soul, a man of uncomprimising integrity, scion of princely lineage, grandson of the Reishe Rav, Rav Aharon
    Levine Z’TL, descendent of Rav Nosson Levine Z”TL and of the RasHka Bhag the Bais Yitzchak-Rav Yitchak Shmelkes Z”TL.
    Yehi Zichro Boruch.

  7. He was nifter a day before his 65th birthday. Which should have been on the 2nd day of Pesach. He was nifter after chatzos in the afternoon of the 1st day. So he had a complete 65 years.