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26 Adar II 5765 - April 6, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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HaRav Yaakov Osher Kapf zt"l

By Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Yaakov Osher Kapf zt"l, the grandson of the Admor of Lelov R' Moshe Mordechai, passed away unexpectedly in his beis medrash on Purim. The levaya set out from his beis medrash located in Jerusalem's Neveh Tzvi neighborhood just three hours later, at midnight. The deceased was buried in the family plot on Har Hazeisim.

Yaakov Osher Kapf was born on 20 Shevat 5705 (1945) to HaRav Shmuel Ozer and his mother tlct"a, the eldest daughter of the Admor of Lelov.

He studied at Yeshivas Slonim-Be'er Avrohom in Jerusalem. He remembered those years of intense study all his life and when he eulogized his father he recalled how, although his family was in a terrible state of privation, his father would scrimp on basic necessities in order to save a bit of money to buy books on the maseches his son was learning in yeshiva at the time.

He married the only daughter of HaRav Moshe Shmuel Tausig, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Tiferes Aharon, who stood by his side faithfully and devotedly throughout his lifetime. After they were married he accepted a post as a ram at Yeshivas Lelov. During this period he was also selected to help edit Otzar Haposkim and spent several years editing a number of the volumes.

Every week he would provide food for the poor for Shabbos, but he asked the Rebbetzin to prepare it discretely to prevent his children from noticing. On several occasions he was known to say he forfeited all for the sake of his children's education in Torah and yiras Shomayim. He avoided all extravagances, ending fast days with just bread and water.

He rejoiced over every opportunity to do a mitzvah, even the "minor" mitzvas that people tend to tread underfoot, devoting himself body and soul to keep every mitzvah carefully and in every last detail.

After his father passed away he opened a beis medrash in his name and the place became a magnet for Torah and avodoh for the yirei'im and shleimim of Yerushalayim.

After delivering a talk on Purim he stepped into his side room, asking for a glass of water. He then lay down on the bed in the room for a short rest and his neshomoh rose up to the Heavens as music and dancing filled the beis medrash. When news of his sudden passing arrived, the Purim joy turned into bitter mourning as his congregants began to recite Tehillim.

HaRav Yaakov Osher Kapf zt"l is survived by his mother and wife as well as his sons and sons-in-law, including several rabbonim, and his grandchildren. Marbitzei Torah veyiroh and doers of kindness, they all follow the path he set with mesirus nefesh.


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