Rav Yosef Leifer zt”l, the Verdaner Rebbe of Flatbush


It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Yosef Leifer zt”l, the Verdaner Rebbe of Flatbush. He was 96 years old.

The rebbe led his shul, the Verdaner Bais Medrash, at Avenue N and East 9th Street in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

The rebbe was a Holocaust survivor who rebuilt his life from the ashes on American shores, spending his life immersed in the study of Torah and avodas Hashem.

Yehi zichro baruch.

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  1. Oiy, what a tremendous loss! An irreplaceable loss! Tears flowing down my eyes. I was zoche to daven there for close to 30 years. An emmeseh kadosh vitahor from a previous dor. Anyone that entered the Shul and came within his daled amos could feel eppes kedusha. To hear the Rebbe daven for the Amud on Yom Tovim including Hallel is something that was unbelievable. But yet he was so down to earth and was able to connect to every Yid. Always with a smile, he had a great sense of humor. He always seemed to know just what to say to lift yenim’s spirits and bring a smile to their face. The Rebbe was especially sensitive to those that were less fortunate in life and knew how to connect with them. He was mamesh like a Father to so many of us. The loss is so painful. The Rebbe attracted so many people from all walks and stages in life. He was able to connect to every Yid. It didn’t make a difference to him what you looked like or what background you came from. He had a tremendous ahavas yisroel. The world is not the same world anymore without the Rebbe ZT”L. We all believed the Rebbe would walk in front of us to greet the Moshiach and we would follow behind him. HKB”H had other plans. May the Rebbe ZT”L be a mailitz yosher for his wonderful special mishpacha, his kehilla, neighborhood, and for all of Kllal Yisroel!

  2. Sick people over 60 or even younger ones with other complications should NOT go to the hospital anywhere in the world – a sure death. Nurses and doctors attach them to a respirator and then leave them alone. This is why so many elderly and those with other complications have l”o died.


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