Rabbi Zvi Halperin, whose mission in life was to spread love and joy, passed away Thursday. He was 88.
Originally from Yerushalayim, he served for many years as a chazzan in a large shul in Montreal, before retiring to Toronto in Ontario, Canada.
“Chazzan Halperin,” as some would call him, had a special affinity for interacting with people, emulating his mother, Mrs. Breindel Halperin who would call for ahavas Yisroel.
His father was R’ Zev Dov Halperin, a decendant of Rebbetzin Menucha Rochel Slonim and a 7th generation from the Alter Rebbe, Rav Schneur Zalman of Liadi.
“Everybody I meet tells me how my father was a special man,” his son, R’ Daniel Halperin, told COLlive.com.
“He was a big advocate for Ahavas Yisroel. He always had a good ‘vort’ to tell people and made them feel good. He always had a nice thing to share.”
In 5711, R’ Zvi married his wife Chana, a daughter of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Rosenstein, a respected Boyan (Ruzhin) chossid in Tveria, Israel.
The couple then moved to Montreal, Canada.
He is survived by his wife Chana; children Rabbi Yaacov Halperin – Lakewood, NJ; R’ Daniel Halperin – Toronto, Ontario; Michal Davidowitz – Rochester, NY; and Leora Zewebner – Toronto; grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings R’ Yosef Halperin, R’ Yehoshua Halperin and Rabbi Avrohom Michoel Halperin, member of Beis Din Chabad of Israel and Rabbi of the French Hill neighborhood in Jerusalem.
The levaya was held yesterday at Agudas Yisroel Shul, 129 Mcgilvary Ave. The Niftar was taken to Eretz Yisroel for burial today at Har Hazeisim in Yerushalayim.
The Halperins will return to Canada on Tuesday evening and will be sitting Shivah at 3636 Bathurst St Apt. 405 (until Shabbos).
Yehi zichro boruch.