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HaRav Boruch Abaranok zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Australia

Based on a interview with one of the Roshei HaKollel of Kollel Beis Hatalmud Rabbi Binyomin Wurzberger.

Rabbi Boruch Abaranok zt"l, a talmid of the Chofetz Chaim, passed away in Melbourne Australia at the age of 90 years old.

As a talmid of the Chofetz Chaim and having married the niece of the Chofetz Chaim, HaRav Abaranok reflected the character traits that were so saliant in the Chofetz Chaim.

He sat on the beis din for gittin. Though this took precious time, any money that he received was given to assist the Melbourne Mikveh. He was the biggest donor to the Mikveh! He would say that money received from breaking a home should be used to build a home.

Although he raised the level of kashrus very dramatically, he was never paid for his services. He would take time to go to the premises under his hashgacha and not only check that all was in order, but also to personally crack eggs to check for blood spots on regular basis.

Rav Abaranok and his family collected money on a regular basis to provide for needy talmidei chachomim in Israel, particularly a well-known talmid chochom who today has written many seforim and is today one of the leaders of Am Yisroel.

A prominent rov one said that thanks to the presence of HaRav Abaranok in Australian the respect for rabbonim was elevated significantly. He was a beacon of the aristocracy of the Lithuanian rabbonim in Australia for the last five decades. He would frequently say when someone asked him for forgiveness, for something they would have done to him, that he forgives them for what they have done and for what they are going to do.

He was had no airs about him. He was happy to admit he does not know an answer and he would get back to the questioner with the pertinent information that he could possibly find in almost all circumstances. About two years ago he fell down at the entrance of a 15-year-old boy's house whom he had come to deliver an answer.

Rav Abaranok answered the call of Mizrachi to serve as their rov. He served with all his energy answering questions and giving shiurim, speeches -- and most of all raising the level of kashrus in the community.

He was beloved by young and old alike and always had a good word for talmidim who encountered him. Young children enjoyed being in his proximity due to his warmth and personal interest. Many of his talmidim were exceedingly close to him and would afford him more care than a child for a parent. This obviously mirrored the esteem and the love which he well deserved or his commitment to them.


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