It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rav Avrohom Chaim Levin zt”l, rosh yeshiva of Telshe Yeshiva of Chicago. He was 86 years old.
Rav Levin, a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisroel of America and yoshev rosh of the Vaad Roshei Hayeshivos of Torah Umesorah, was niftar this morning.
Rav Levin was a son of Rav Leizer Levin, longtime rov of Detroit. Rebbetzin Levin is a daughter of Rav Efraim Mordechai Ginsburg, rosh yeshiva at Mirrer Yeshiva of Brooklyn, and a granddaughter of Rav Chatzkel Levenstein, famed mashgiach of Mir and Ponovezh.
Rav Levin was renowned for his Torah scholarship and his daas Torah that guided his own yeshiva in Chicago, as well as the many from across the American Olam Hatorah who sought his advice.
Rav Levin was a lifelong Telsher, having learned at Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland under the roshei yeshiva, Rav Elya Meir Bloch and Rav Chaim Mordechai Katz. In 1960, Rav Levin was tapped by Rav Katz, along with with Rav Chaim Schmelczer, to establish Telshe Chicago as a branch of the Telshe Yeshiva. Under Rav Levin’s stewardship, it grew into one of the most renowned mekomos haTorah on the continent. Rav Levin’s brother-in-law, Rav Chaim Dov Keller, joined the yeshiva leadership a year later.
Rav Levin was one of four children of Rav and Rebbetzin Leizer Levin. He was predeceased by his three sisters, who were the wives of Rav Chaim Dov Keller, rosh yeshiva of Telshe Yeshiva in Chicago; Rav Berel Wein, noted rov, author and historian; and Rav Yacov Lipschutz, rov of Kehal Bnei Yosef of Monsey.
Rav Levin is survived by his devoted rebbetzin and a family of bnei and bnos Torah following in his ways. His children are Rabbi and Mrs. Shmuel Yehuda Levin, Rabbi and Mrs. Yitzchok Levin, Rabbi and Mrs. Eli Levin, Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Menachem Levin, Rabbi and Mrs. Mordechai Levin, Rabbi and Mrs. Yechezkel Levin, and Rabbi and Mrs. Yehuda Zeilberger.
The levayah will be held at 4 p.m. at Telshe Yeshiva, located at 3535 W. Foster Avenue in Chicago, IL. A second levayah will be held tomorrow morning, at 9:15 a.m., at Beth Medrash Govoah, located at 617 6th Street in Lakewood. NJ. The aron will then be flown on United Flight 84 from Newark Airport to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah there in Bnei Brak on Friday morning.
There will be a live audio hookup to the levayah. To listen, call 563.999.1235. No PIN is necessary.
Yehi zichro boruch.