Rav Avrohom Elyashiv zt”l


avrohom-elyashivIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Avrohom Elyashiv zt”l, the youngest son of Maran Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt”l, who passed away today after a protracted illness. He was 71.

Rav Avrohom was niftar at Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center in Yerushalayim. A large crowd attended the levaya held today at his home in Givat Shaul, Yerushalayim. Among those at the levaya were his brothers-in-law, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, Rav Azriel Auerbach and Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein, as well as Rav Shmuel Auerbach, Rav Meir Tzvi Bergman, and others.

Rav Avrohom served as the rov of the famed caravan bais medrash, Tiferes Bachurim, in Meah Shearim following the passing of his father. Rav Avrohom also served as a rosh kollel in Mevaseret Tzion and was greatly involved in initiatives to bring Yidden closer to their heritage and to Torah and mitzvos.

Rav Avrohom was named after his grandfather, Rav Avrohom Elyashiv zt”l, who was the av bais din of the city of Homel and son-in-law of Rav Shlomo Elyashiv, author of Leshem Shevo V’Achlamah. The elder Rav Avrohom learned under the Chofetz Chaim in Radin and later in Dvinsk, and in 1924 he immigrated to Yerushalayim along with his illustrious father-in-law, his wife Chaya Musha, and young son Yosef Shalom, and following the advice of the Chofetz Chaim, he changed his family name from Levinson to that of his father-in-law, so that the family would have a uniform immigration certificate. In Yerushalayim, he founded and led Yeshiva Tiferes Bochurim, where his son Rav Yosef Shalom gave shiurim until his petirah.

Rav Avrohom was known for his tzidkus and unceasing hasmadah. He spent his life immersed in Torah, largely away from the limelight, spending his years in the shadow of his illustrious father and following his legacy of undisturbed limud haTorah and avodas Hashem.

He was a warm and personable person, who was beloved by one and all and whose middos were impeccable, a reflection of his lifetime of avodas hamiddos and his overall simchas hachaim. His loss leaves a gaping void in the hearts of his family and those who were privileged to benefit from his wisdom and inspiration.

He is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Yocheved, and their children and grandchildren.

Kevurah took place this evening on Har Hamenuchos.

Yehi zichro boruch.

See below for photos of the levaya:

{Matzav.com Israel/Levaya Photos: Bechadrei Chareidim}


  1. Baruch Dayan HaEmes

    THIS TIME I WILL NOT WRITE A MEGILLA like I wrote when the last few gedolim were niftar recently, cause tragically obviously it hasn’t helped us start doing teshuva. so the list & tragedies will just continue
    it brings tears to my eyes to write this-as I see us losing our greatest leaders in klal yisroel-when you know this tragic loss could’ve been avoided if we did teshuva earlier.

    What a tragedy-& loss- we caused cause we cant get our act together & do teshuva WHAT ARE WE ALL WAITING FOR?

    Perhaps we are not appreciating these Gedolei Hador that Hashem has sent us to lead & guide us in this world. i.e. when someone takes something for granted & doesn’t give the proper thanks, then it gets taken away from us. are we listening to our gedolei Hador & their guidance? when they make takanos-for our good-to help us return to Hashem & become better?

    May all of Klal yisroel start doing teshuva NOW-before tragedy strikes again C”V-& THEN mashiach will come b’karov

  2. tragic unbelieveable & horrific numbers,

    in the past 3 Years since the tragic loss of Leiby Kletzky, we have loss over 100 gedolei Hador-all leaders of klal yisroel throughout the world-with many of them niftar in their 70,s or 80’s

    this is a plague of loss of gedolim with no stop ahead R”L

    until this mageifa ends?

    for a complete list of these gedolim with the date Niftar , their young ages niftar & where they were rav/rebbe etc… in klal yisroel just leave your email in a reply

  3. Yechiel Menachem: “this mageifa”

    The petira of talmidei chachomim and gedolim is definitely a tzoroh, but is the word mageifah appropriate here?

    Let us use proper language, and not the wrong words.

  4. Yechiel menachem, yehuda, Moishele the handicapped child, whatever your name is. The first step to doing Teshuva is getting off the internet and studying Torah instead. Stop telling everyone to start doing teshuva. Start with yourself first by geting off the internet

  5. If he is the author of Yad Avrohom on much of Shas then it should be mentioned that his works are being used in shuls and yeshivos all over the world!

  6. #7,

    Why do you respond to this missionary? I used to read Matzav daily, and comment often. I rarely come to this site precisely because of their allowing these missionary posts.

  7. i think 11 and 12 are confusing him with his brother, Rav Binyomin, who wrote Yad Binyomin on many Masechtos in Shas.
    Is there also a sefer Yad Avrohom?