Rabbi Moshe Morosow z”l, 91


rav-moshe-morosowRabbi Yosef Moshe Morosow, of Crown Heights, who survived tyranny in Communist Russia, passed away yesterday. He marked his 91st birthday a few days ago (3 Shvat).

R’ Yosef Moshe was born in Yekaterinoslav (today Dnepropetrovsk in Ukraine) in 1920, where the the city’s Chief Rabbi, Rav Levi Yitzchok Schneerson, was the sandek at his Bris.

His father was the legendary chossid Reb Chonye Morosow, the gabbai and right-hand-man of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rayatz. His mother was Chaya Bracha.

He studied in underground branches of the Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim in the USSR, during the years 1941-1945 and he directed the branches of the underground yeshivos in Georgia in the USSR.

After the Second World War, he eventually arrived in Israel where he met his wife, Chana, daughter of famed chossid Reb Avrohom Drizin (Mayorer). They were married in New York in 1954.

He is survived by his children, Rabbi Itche Morosow, Rabbi Mendel Morosow, both of Crown Heights, Mrs. Neshe Grossman of Los Angeles, CA, Mrs. Rochel Korenblit and R’ Laibel Morosow, both of Crown Heights.

He is also survived by his brother Rabbi Mendel Morosow of Crown Heights.

The levaya will be held this morning at Shomrei Hadas Chapels in Boro Park at 10 a.m.

Yehi zichro boruch.



  1. His father Reb Chonye Hy”d what an extraordinary chosid, who in his youth was chosen by the Rashab zt”l to be his son the Rayatz’s Chavruse. He later served as the Rashab’s Gabai, and later as the Raytz’s Gabai. Ultimately he was killed by the communists ym”sh for the “crime” of spreading yiddishkait.
    R’ Chonyes sons were (and are) all extremely special chasidisher yidden. R’ Sholom zt”l, who passed away recently was a tremendous talmid chochem, something out of the ordinary. Besides being boky in all the “yeshivshe” inyonim and im practicall haloche as well as in all the Sifrei Chasidus of Chabad, he was a mumche in Kiddush Hachoidesh and in the sugyois of Zmanim in a special oifen. Great talmidei chachomim would come to him specially to discuss these issues with him.
    R’ Moshe z”l who just passed away was also a very big talmid chochom as well as being a tremendous Yerai shomayim hamedakdeik bekalo kebechamure and all beruach hachsidus. He was also mekayem “hatznei leches im elekecho” never making a big deal out of himself.
    Ybl”ch the older brother R’ Mendel shlit”a is a chosid in the old style. His “farbrengens” are full of the old chsidisher chayus – still now at the age of 94 leoirech yomim, it is umbleiveble to see the way he decribes any oof the Chasidic “giants” (be it his father or r’ Itche the masmid or anyone else of that caliber) of the previous generation. He “lives” it. He always has a smile on his face and has true chsidisher varemkait.
    May we all try to emulate these chasidim if of old.