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HaRav Avrohom Chaim Brim zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

The levayoh of HaRav Avrohom Brim, the rosh yeshiva of Mishkan Yosef, was held on motzei Shabbos, 25 Adar. HaRav Brim was one of the greatest roshei yeshiva and marbitzei Torah of our generation, a prominent transmitter of the teachings of the great rabbonim of the previous generation. He was 80 years old at the time of his passing.

HaRav Avrohom Chaim Brim, son of HaRav Mordechai Dovid Brim who was the administrator of the Galician Kollel in Yerushalayim, was born in Yerushalayim.

During his youth, he studied, with much hasmodoh in the Eitz Chaim yeshiva, where the roshei yeshiva praised him for his diligence and davening. He was one of the city's most brilliant talmidei chachomim.

HaRav Brim zt"l was one of the most eminent students of the Chazon Ish, and was very close to HaRav Isser Zalman Meltzer as well as to the Rov of Brisk. He would help HaRav Isser Zalman prepare his shiurim. The Chazon Ish was exceptionally fond of him, and it was from the Chazon Ish that HaRav Brim acquired his method of learning. For many years, HaRav Brim was one of the greatest transmitters of the teachings of the Chazon Ish.

He married Ruchama Hindel, daughter of HaRav Yisroel Toisig, who was a dayan and moreh tzedek as well as a ram in Mattersdorf. She made valiant efforts to enable her illustrious husband to study Torah and to teach it to students in the many yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel and abroad where he served as ram. Rebbetzin Brim was niftar two years ago.

HaRav Brim served for many years as ram in the Slobodka yeshiva in Bnei Brak, as well as ram in the Pressburg yeshiva. He later founded Yeshivas Ohel Yaakov yeshiva in Bnei Brak, named after Rav Yaakov Halperin. He later went to the United States, where he served as rosh yeshiva of the Skverer yeshiva. At that time, he spoke regularly at the Lakewood yeshiva.

In Eretz Yisroel, he was very close with HaRav Eliezer Yehudah Finkel, the rosh yeshiva of Mir. HaRav Finkel sent him groups of students to whom he delivered shiurim and chaburos for scores of years. Until his final days, Mirrer yeshiva students came to his home three times a week to listen to his shiurim.

He maintained close relationships with many gedolei hador and Chassidic admorim, especially the admor of Boyan. The former Admor of Boyan, HaRav Mordechai Shlomo, had an especially warm relationship with him. Together with his brother HaRav Yeshayoh, HaRav Avrohom Chaim Brim founded the Boyan yeshiva in Yerushalayim. He was also close with the Admor of Gur -- the Beis Yisroel -- and was related to the Belzer Rov.

He was a model of mesirus nefesh for Torah study, and his refinement of character had a profound impact on all who came in contact with him.

During the yomim noraim in America, he davened in the Skverer yeshiva, where the Admor of Skverer insisted that he serve there as ba'al tefilloh. Many sought his blessings, since his tefillos were not returned empty-handed.

After returning to Yerushalayim, he founded the Mishkan Yosef yeshiva in Meah Shearim based on the learning approach of the Chazon Ish.

His entire being was Torah study. He always opened his conversations with a dvar Torah, a kushya or a teirutz, even during his final days.

He was exceptionally close to Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv, the pillar of halachic authority. Maran's son is married to HaRav Brim's daughter.

He was niftar shortly before the end of Shabbos. Close to chatzos the levaya left his home in Meah Shearim. It was attended by a large throng of chareidi Jews, headed by maranan verabonon the gedolei haTorah.

With his petiroh, chareidi Jewry the world over lost a unique talmid chochom with rare attributes, one of the greatest marbitzei Torah in Eretz Yisroel of recent times. He produced many students currently serving as roshei yeshiva, who mourn their great loss.

He is survived by sons and sons-in-law, all of whom are outstanding talmidei chachomim and gedolei Torah. His sons are HaRav Mordechai Brim, an eminent talmid chochom in Yerushalayim and HaRav Yeshayoh Brim, ram in the Skverer yeshiva in the United States. His sons-in-law are HaRav Moshe, son of Maran HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv and HaRav Mordechai Shlomo Steinmetz, rosh kollelei Vishnitz.


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