It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Osher Yaakov Westheim zt”l. He was 71.
Born in Gateshead, Rav Westheim learned in Gateshead Yeshiva and later at Yeshiva Be’er Yaakov. He received semicha from Dayan Yitzchok Yaakov Weiss zt”l, the Minchas Yitzchok, and Rav Paswa. He was also a talmid of the Chelkas Yehoshua of Biala and was also close to his son, the Biala Rebbe.
25 years ago, Rav Westheim opened Yeshiva Ezras Torah in Manchester, which he led for about ten years.
Rav Westheim was a noted rob, posek and dayan. He was a member of the Manchester Bais Din and one of the most prominent rabbonim machshirin in the kashrus industry in Europe, certifying hundreds of products. Rav Westheim was a noted expert in the field of kashrus and a boki in halacha.
Yehi zichro boruch.