It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Aharon Walkin zt”l.
Rav Walkin was born in Brooklyn, NY and the sandek at his bris was the posek hador, Rav Moshe Feinstein zt’”.
Rav Walkin grew up in Kew Gardens Hills and eventually moved to be near his grandparents in Kew Gardens.
He was a great-grandson of the Pinsker Rov, Rav Aharon Walkin zt”l, after whom he was named, and a grandson of his son, the Lukatcher Rov, Rav Shmuel Dovid Walkin. Rav Shmuel Dovid fled the war by staying in Shanghai and eventually made his way to Crown Heights, where he was a rov. He eventually moved to Kew Gardens and was a rov there for the remainder of his life.
Rav Shmuel Dovid was actually one of the prominent talmidim of the Chofetz Chaim, learning in Radin for twelve years and spending much time at the home of the Chofetz Chaim. His wife, Rebbetzin Tziviah Walkin, was a granddaughter of Rav Moshe Londinsky, the Radiner rosh yeshiva. Rebbetzin Walkin was raised and lived next door to the Chofetz Chaim. Rav Aharon Walkin heard first-hand stories about the Chofetz Chaim.
Rav Walkin’s father, Rav Moshe Yoel Walkin, was born in Poland before World War II, and during World War II, the family relocated to Shanghai. Rav Moshe Yoel was the rov of Bais Medrash Bais Aharon of Queens. Rav Walkin’s uncle is Rav Chaim Walkin, mashgiach of Yeshiva Ateres Yisroel of Yerushalayim.
Growing up near his zaide and bobbe, Rav Aharon was zoche to absorb the rarified atmosphere that his grandparents brought with them from the Chofetz Chaim’s home and derech. He heard many stories from his zaide, his father, and his uncle, who had heard the stories from their parents. When Rav Aharon heard a story, he would write it down, and he slowly gathered a large otzar of firsthand stories about the Chofetz Chaim.
Rav Aharon was a talmid of numerous great roshei yeshiva and rabbonim, He counted among his rabbeim Rav Yitzchok Isaac Leibis, who was the head of the Igud Harabonim, who was Rav Walkin’s role model in halacha. Rav Walkin was also extremely close to Rav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg, Rav Avrohom Pam, and Rav Yisroel Belsky.
He developed a close relationship, as well, with Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, rosh yeshiva of Mirrer Yeshiva, and Rav Dovid Feinstein, rosh yeshiva of Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim, and he learned under Rav Shlomo Feivel Schustal at Yeshiva Torah Temimah.
Rav Walkin was the rov of a shul, Khal Bais Aharon in Lakewood, NJ, where he resided, and was rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohel Simcha in Queens, where he traveled regularly and delivered shiurim in the yeshiva and in the community. Rav Walkin served as the rosh yeshiva of the Chazaq Bais Medrash Bais Nosson Meir and the rosh kollel of Kollel Zichron Moshe V’Leah.
Rav Walkin was an outstanding talmid chochom who had overflowing ahavas Yisroel and ahavas haTorah. He loved people and he relished sharing divrei Torah with others, spreading the devar Hashem. His warmth and genuineness endeared him to one and all. He could always be found with a smile, and had a good word for one and all.
His passing has plunged his talmidim and admirers into mourning.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Yaffa Walkin, and their family.
The levayah will be held tomorrow, Erev Shabbos, at 11:30 a.m. Join via Zoom here.
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