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שריד האחרון: Rav Shachne Zohn zt”l

Thursday December 20, 2012 2:07 PM - 7 Comments

shachneh-zohnIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Shalom Shachne Zohn zt”l at the age of 102. Rav Zohn was rosh kollel of Kollel Kodshim V’Taharos in Har Tzvi in Yerushalayim for nearly forty years, and before that served for 30 years as a rosh mesivta and  rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in Brooklyn.

Born in a town near Mezhibuzh, at the age of seven his family immigrated to the United States, where he grew up and was a childhood friend of Rav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg zt”l. Rav Zohn became close to Rav Scheinberg’s father-in-law, the legendary Rav Yaakov Yosef Herman zt”l, who was instrumental in sending him to learn in the great pre-war European yeshivos.

Rav Zohn studied at the yeshivos of Mir and Kamenitz in Europe and received semichah from Rav Boruch Ber Leibowitz zt”l. He was one of the few living people to have had the privilege of spending time with the Chofetz Chaim zt”l at the Radin Yeshiva.

Rav Zohn was the author of seforim Ateres Yaakov named for his father, Rav Yitzchok Yaakov Zohn zt”l, for which he received the haskamah of Rav Boruch Ber. He also authored Chemdas Hazohar, Pirkei Teshuvah Ugeulah, and Kuntres Kavod Hatorah.

Several years ago, Rav Zohn had a remarkable dream. Here is how he described it: “I saw the Chofetz Chaim…and he said to me to make known in the world that the redemption is close, and it is necessary to be ready for the redemption.” Being humble by nature, Rav Zohn did not mention his dream publicly. Then the dream was repeated. The Chofetz Chaim came once again and repeated the message, at which time Rav Zohn revealed the dream publicly.

His wife, Rebbetzin Liba, passed away about 20 years ago. He remarried and his second wife passed away about four years ago.  Rav Zohn was niftar this evening at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Yerushalayim.

He is survived by two sons and three daughters, as well as dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren following in his ways.

The levaya will be held at 9:30 p.m. at his home at 11 Rechov Even Ha’azel in Ezras Torah, Yerushalayim, followed by kevurah on Har Hazeisim.

Yehi zichro boruch.

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{ Israel News Bureau}

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7 Responses to “שריד האחרון: Rav Shachne Zohn zt”l”

Time December 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Yidden all over the world are asked to recite Tehillim and learn Torah for famous Magid of the generation “Harav Shlomo Brevda Shlita,” who is in need of a Refuah Sheleimah. He has been hospitalized and is very ill, and we all need him to inspire us to be true Yidden who serve Hashem the right way.

The name for Tehillim is: “Shlomo Leib ben Miriam”

The name for Tehillim is: “Shlomo Leib ben Miriam”

2. Comment from ma
Time December 20, 2012 at 6:10 PM

He learnt for 2 years under R’ Boruch Ber and spent 4 days in Radin by the Chofetz Chaim. He told us how the Chofetz Chaim said that Shabbos that one has to make a cheshbon hanefesh every day. R’ Zohn zatzal would always talk about Chazara and Learning Mussar. Zechuso Yagen Aleinu.

3. Comment from yehuda
Time December 21, 2012 at 2:15 AM

it saddens me every time i read that another Gadol Hador has left this world & he is no longer here to guide us anymore. it brings tears to me when i know it could’ve been avoided.

the last 5 gedolim-of 109 over just 20 months R”L-niftar recently were:

Rav Zev Hakohen Hoberman zt”l-Rosh Mesivta Philadelphia- October 3, 2012 SUKKOS-82

Rav Avrohom Genechovsky zt”l-Rosh Yeshivas Tchebin in yerushalyim,-October 11, 2012-76

Rabbi Kalman Winter zt”l, -rov in Silver Spring, Maryland. -October 24 2012-67

Rav Amram Zaks zt”l-rosh yeshiva of the Salbodka Yeshiva in Bnei Brak.-December 4 2012-86.

Rav Mendel Weinbach zt”l,-R”Y of Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in Yerushalayim.- December 11 2012-81

LOOK AT THEIR AGES… younger & younger. are these ages regular ages to be niftar?

the mageifa will only continue & cannot be stopped unless we all confess to Hashem & admit to Hashem that its time for us to do teshuva & return to Hashem so Mashiach can come already

MAY WE NOT HEAR ANOTHER TZADDIK LEAVE US, in todays generation we really need their daas torah

4. Comment from JR
Time December 21, 2012 at 10:26 AM

to #3, all but one lived beyond the derech ha’teva life expectancy, and you’re complaining?! As it says in “Garden of Gratitude,” G-d can’t stand complainers. Feel grateful that we had these and other great men who passed away recently for far longer than the norm.

5. Comment from Anonymous
Time December 21, 2012 at 11:03 AM


6. Comment from Uber
Time December 23, 2012 at 2:32 AM

boruch dayan emes

7. Comment from YH
Time December 23, 2012 at 12:12 PM

My father, who learned in Torah Vodaas said R’ Zohn was a rebbi in the elementary school and never, to his knowledge, a rosh yeshiva.

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