[Photos below / Updated] It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rabbi Aaron Stefansky z”l. He was 51 years old.
Reb Aaron was a son of Rav and Rebbetzin Eliezer Stenfansky. His father, Rav Leizer, is a mashgiach at Beth Medrash Govoah in Lakewood, NJ.
Reb Aaron, a resident of Lakewood, NJ, was a noted machzik Torah, who supported numerous mekomos haTorah and mosdos hachinuch with great generosity.
His magnanimous nature connected him with many worthy causes, and Reb Aaron was always available to help and assist those in need, both on an individual level and at the klal level.
Likewise, the Stefansky home is a bais vaad lachachomim, thanks to the chesed of Reb Aaron and his wife, for whom every Torah cause was important.
Reb Aaron maintained an extremely close relationship with his rebbi, Rav Avrohom Yehoshua Soloveitchik, Rosh Yeshivas Brisk in Yerushalayim, and greatly assisted him in many ways, both public and private. Reb Aaron was likewise very close to Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman and Rav Chaim Kanievsky, amongst other leading gedolei Torah, roshei yeshiva and rabbonim.
Reb Aaron was struck by illness, which ravaged him, but did not sap his spirit, which remained vibrant as he dealt with the difficult machlah that ultimately claimed his life.
The family sent a message to Baba David Abuchatzeira on Thursday asking him to daven for Reb Aaron. He sent a message back to the family that he was going to kevorim of holy tzaddikim to daven for Reb Aaron. Baba David, who is know to be able to “see into people,” was strongly mechazeik Reb Aaron throughout his machlah, for he viewed Reb Aaron as a special Yid.
Last week, when told of Reb Aaron’s matzav, Rav Chaim Kanievsky advised to add a name.
Reb Aaron is survived by his parents, Rav Eliezer and Sora Stefansky; his devoted wife, Mrs. Chani Stefansky; their nine children; his siblings; as well as numerous relatives, friends and acquaintances mourning the loss of this most special person.
The levayah will be held tomorrow in Lakewood, NJ. Details will be posted once they are finalized.
Yehi zichro boruch.
Update: The levayah is scheduled to take place tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Bendheim Bais Medrash at Beth Medrash Govoah, located at 617 6th Street in Lakewood, NJ. The aron will then be taken to JFK International Airport to be flown via El Al to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah on Har Hazeisim in Yerushalayim.
(Gavriel Sitrit-Matzav.com Newscenter / Photos (c) Flash 87 Images)