Rav Yaakov Leib Breski zt”l


candle-small5It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Yaakov Leib Breski zt”l of Boro Park, Brooklyn. Rav Yankel was one of the last of the Alter Mirrers, those who were in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Poland and travelled to China where they remained throughout World War II. Rav Yankel also learned in Baranovitch, in Yeshiva Ohel Moshe, led by Rav Elchonon Wasserman zt”l.

The levaya will take place this afternoon, at 1:30, at Shomrei Hachomos Chapels, located at 4208 Ft. Hamilton Parkway in Boro Park, Brooklyn. The niftar will then be flown via El Al to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah.

Yehi zichro boruch.

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  1. List of Alter Mirrer (Mir Europe, Shanghai)
    (brackets [] means also learned by R’ Yeruchum ZL)
    Please feel free to make any corrections

    [R Chaim Scheinberg] (Israel) (No Shanghai)(Kollel only)
    [R Shamshon Brodsky] (Flatbush) (No Shanghai)
    R Orlansky (Israel) (No Shanghai)
    R Fabian (Cleveland) (No Shanghai)
    R Mottel Rabinowitz (No Shanghai)

    [R Shimon Gitelis] (Lakewood)
    [R Gershon Yankelewitz] (learned also in Radin)
    [R Leib Baron (Israel) (Brother-in-Law of Rabinowitz)]
    [R Feivel Hollander]
    R Motty Rothenberg (Boro Park)
    R Yakov Magid (Montreal) (Mechutan with Finkelstein)
    R Aaron Florans (Flatbush)
    R Yankel Finkelstein (Flatbush)
    R Avrohom Resnick (S Fallsburg)
    R Brothers Podorabbinic
    R Yiddel Dickstein (Atlanta)
    R Moishe Zupnick (Boro Park)
    R Dov Klohr (Boro Park)
    R Moshe Zabari (Israel)
    R Moshe Pivovoz
    R Yitzchok Rabin

    R Gulevsky (Boro Park) (No Mir, Shanghai only)
    R Simcha Nadborny (Boro Park) (Via Kletzk, No Mir, Shanghai only)
    R Avrohom Kanarek (Lakewood) (Via Kamenitz, No Mir, Shanghai only)

  2. Mirrer: It’s Podrabinek, one of the brother’s is Pinchos who lives in Boro Park, whose father was a big Chazzan in Europe and whose sister was married to another Altr Mirrer – Reb Zalman Kunda AH, father of YBLCT Shmuel Kunda