Rabbi 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.