It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Shmuel Auerbach zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Maalos Hatorah of Yerushalayim. He was 86.
Rav Auerbach suffered a heart attack after feeling heart pains on Friday night. A team of doctors tried to perform CPR and Rav Auerbach was taken to Shaarei Tzedek hospital.
Rav Auerbach was a son of the renowned posek, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Kol Torah.
Rav Auerbach was born on September 21, 1931, the eldest son of Rav Shlomo Zalman and Rebbetzin Chaya Rivka (nee Ruchamkin) Auerbach. He was raised in the Yerushalayim neighborhood of Shaarei Chesed.
When he became of marriageable age, Rav Auerbach married his wife, Rebbetzin Rochel, nee Paksher. Rebbetzin Auerbach passed away on January 11, 1990. Rav Auerbach named his mussar sefer Ohel Rochel in her memory.
Rav and Rebbetzin Auerbach did not merit to have children.
In addition to serving as rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Maalos HaTorah, he was the nosi of Yeshivas Midrash Shmuel and Yeshivas Toras Simcha. For a short time, he also served as one of the roshei yeshiva of Yeshivas Itri in Jerusalem.
Rav Auerbach was the head of the Bnei Torah party, colloquially referred to as “Etz,” which he founded.
The levayah will be held Sunday morning at 11 a.m. at Yeshiva Maalos Hatorah, followed by kevurah on Har Hamenuchos.
Yehi zichro boruch.