It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rabbi Eliyahu Beane zt”l. He was 80 years old.
A talmid of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, Reb Eli was a brilliant computer wiz, who talents were recognized by the US Army, which employed him at Ft. Monmouth in the 1960s. Reb Eliyahu settled in Lakewood, NJ, a half hour away, moving into a home on 6th Street, the block of Beth Medrash Govoha, in 1966, four years after the petirah of Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Bais Medrash Govoah.
Reb Eli became enamored with the Lakewood Yeshiva and its roshei yeshiva, and he loved all bnei Torah. Indeed, he became a bona fide ben Torah himself. When people would ask him what he did, rather than answer about his occupation, he would say, “I learn.”
And learn he did. Reb Eli’s primary occupation was limud haTorah.
Reb Eli’s love for the Lakewood Yeshiva and its roshei yeshiva manifested itself in many ways, one of which was a project he undertook to interview over 160 talmidim of Rav Aharon Kotler he was able to speak to. (See here.) Reb Eli painstakingly recorded these interviews, which featured fascinating accounts. Some of the interviews were ultimately transcribed and compiled in a compelling book, The Fire of Torah, published by Feldheim. In that volume, the fire of Rav Aharon Kotler and his mesirus nefesh for Torah in America are captured in amazing firsthand accounts of talmidim and askanim from 1940 to early 1960. Each unforgettable story was told to Reb Eli by a person who was there and actually witnessed it unfold, recreating the experience of being in Rav Aharon’s presence.
Reb Eli was continuously inspired by Rav Aharon’s insatiable thirst for Torah, keen perception, holy spirit, and intensity of commitment to do Hashem’s will.
Reb Eli himself became an outstanding talmid chochom, with a grasp of Shas, halacha and other seforim.
Reb Eli is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bernice Beane; his children, R’ Yossi Beane, R’ Uri Beane, Mrs. Yael Florans and Mrs. Tami Friedman; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The levayah was held this morning. The aron is now en route to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah there.
The family is sitting shivah at 632 6th Street in Lakewood, NJ.
Yehi zichro boruch.