Rabbi Yosef Halevi Wineberg, a well known Lubavitcher Chossid, passed away on Wednesday. He was 94.
Rabbi Wineberg served for many years as the Vice Chairman of United Lubavitcher Yeshivos and worked tirelessly to keep the Yeshiva thriving and growing.
He was the last survivor of the noted group of 9 shluchim the previous Rebbe sent to Montreal to build the Chabad community there and energize Jewish life in Canada.
Rabbi Wineberg was an expert on the Tanya, giving a shiur on the radio for many years, which had the Rebbe’s editing on many of the explanations. These lectures were later compiled as a book, “Lessons in Tanya,” an accessible gateway to the Tanya – the fundamental, classic work upon which all concepts of Chabad Chasidism are based.
He was a much beloved chossid who shared abundantly of his keen Chassidic knowledge and of his wealth of chassidic stories, crossing the globe many times over to deliver chizuk and hashpa’ah in his unique and inimitable style.
Rabbi Wineberg’s davening b’tzibur for the High Holy Days, and especially his davening of the Selichos tfilos, remain etched in the memories of those who were privileged to hear him Daven.
He inspired and raised a generation of shluchim and chassidim, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who follow in the path that he paved, many who serve as shluchim around the world.
He is survived by his wife, Rebbetzin Hannah Wineberg, and his sons Rabbi Sholom Ber Wineberg of Kansas City, MO, Rabbi Avrohom Wineberg of W. Bloomfield, Michigan, Rabbi Yitzchok Wineberg of Vancouver B.C., Rabbi Levy Wineberg of Johannesburg, South Africa and his daughter Mrs. Freidy Yanover.
The levaya will take place today at Shomrei Hadas Chapels in Boro Park at 10 a.m.
Yehi zichro boruch.