Rav Avrohom Chaim Spitzer zt”l


avrohom-chaim-spitzerIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Avrohom Chaim Spitzer zt”l, rov of Khal Ohr Hachaim in Boro Park, at the age of 83.

Rav Spitzer was one of the senior poskim and rabbonim of the Boro Park Chassidic community, and was held in high regard by admorim and rabbonim of the community, both for his wide breadth of Torah knowledge and his steadfast commitment to mesoras Yisroel.

Rav Spitzer was marbitz Torah for many decades, at his shul at 49th Street and 14th Avenue and elsewhere, delivering thousands of shiurim and penning many well-received seforim. His photographic memory and unbridled hasmadah were well known. He wrote a set of seforim called Chayei Avraham.

Rav Spitzer was born in Besermien, Hungary, to his parents, Binyomin Zev and Mechtche Spitzer. During the war, Avrohom Chaim, a young bar mitzvah bochur, was in the city of Bater, Hungary, while his father was able to escape war-torn Europe for American shores, hoping to bring over his family in short order. Mechtche and the family survived the war and reunited with their father in America. Mechtche passed away in New Square in the late 1970s.

Rav Spitzer was extremely close to his rebbi, Rav Michoel Ber Weismandl zt”l, whose example and teachings inspired him every day of his life. He maintained close relationships with many gedolim, both Chassidic and Litvish, including the Satmar Rov, Rav Moshe Feinstein, the Skulener Rebbe and others.

Rav Spitzer learned in Bais Medrash Elyon in Monsey under Rav Reuven Grozovsky zt”l and was a talmid of the Shoproner Rov zt”l as well. He later served as a rebbi in Yeshiva of Brooklyn and in the Viener Yeshiva.

Rav Spitzer and his wife, Rebbetzin Leah, a daughter of Rav Yosef Dov Segal of Montreal, first resided in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where Rav Spitzer was a Viener dayan, and they then moved to the newly founded Shikun Skver near Monsey. They ultimately moved to Boro Park, Brooklyn.

The levaya was held last night at Rav Spitzer’s shul in Boro Park and kevurah took place in Shikun Skver.

Rav Spitzer is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Leah, and their children, R’ Yussi Spitzer, Mrs. Zlaty Weinberger, R’ Yaakov Mayer Spitzer, R’ Elya Zvi Spitzer, R’ Yecheskel Spitzer, Mrs. Fraida Chassan, R’ Yisroel Moshe Duvid Spitzer, R’ Shimon Shulem Spitzer and Mrs. Chaya Tzirel Baumwolspiner.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. A gaon and a tzaddik of this dor. Like no other.
    Understood this generations hardships and looked to help everyone
    His Brachos were always mekiyam. He was a true gadol hadar

  2. He was a gaon and a big tzadik. He saw things when looking at the person and cited for our generation. He is one of the last leaders to understand the generation and try to be mechaZik with the emunah that he has. He was a mechaber of seforim. A holy man grandfather and father. Beloved by all. His warmth touched thousands. May he be a meilitz yoshar.

  3. As a great niece, I can proudly say that Rav Spitzer zt”l was a great man.
    His Rebetzin is my grandfathers sister. She is a true Eishes Chayil and originates from a very special family. Torah all around.
    May HKB”H give her and her children strength ad comfort to continue the legacy of Rav Spitzer zt”l.
    May he be a meilitz yosher for all of klal yisrael. Yehi zichro baruch.