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12 Iyar 5766 - May 10, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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HaRav Boruch Noach Abelow zt"l

Many residents of Jerusalem's Unsdorf neighborhood took part in the levaya last week of HaRav Boruch Noach Abelow zt"l, a talmid chochom who endured much suffering before he passed away from a major stroke last week.

A descendent of HaRav Avrohom Abelow, the av beis din of Vilna, Boruch Noach was born in New York on Simchas Torah 5693 (1933). Although mitzvah observance in the US was at a low ebb he worked hard to keep every detail of halochoh with genuine mesirus nefesh. As a young man he had close ties with his rosh yeshiva at Yeshivas Torah Vodaas, HaRav Yaakov Kamenetsky. Later he transferred to Yeshivas Lakewood, where he learned under HaRav Aharon Kotler zt"l, who had an impact that would last for the rest of his life.

In 5720 (1960) he moved to Eretz Yisroel, building a home of Torah and yir'oh together with his wife. During those years he cleaved to Jerusalem's gedolim, forming a special bond with Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita, whose rulings he followed carefully for the rest of his life.

In addition to his in-depth learning and vast knowledge of Shas and Shulchan Oruch Rav Boruch Noach was punctilious in his adherence to halochoh, adding various chumros based on a deep-seated sense of yiras cheit. He abstained from eating meat for over 40 years due to various concerns and carefully avoided bread and other chometz products for months after Pesach — long before the heightened public awareness of chometz she'ovar olov haPesach — not wanting to rely on the mechiras chometz. He was also very strict in matters related to tefillin, Krias Shema and Shabbos.

A major stroke last Chanukah left the right side of his body paralyzed and kept him confined to his sickbed. Relatives and visitors said he voiced no complaints regarding his poor condition and limitations, regretting only that he could no longer toil in Torah study.

Although he was very sick on Erev Pesach all of his attention was focused on fulfilling all of the mitzvas of the Seder Night in detail. Last Wednesday 28 Nisan he had to be hospitalized and the next morning returned his soul to his Maker with his eldest son at his side.

Although he passed away in Nisan, during which hespeidim are forbidden, Maran HaRav Eliashiv ruled he should be eulogized based on the special din applying to a talmid chochom muvhok.

When the levaya set out from the Shamgar Funeral Hall the rabbonim of Unsdorf and Kiryat Sanz eulogized him. HaRav Abish Eisen spoke of his careful adherence to halochoh. HaRav Sholom Eisenberger, a moreh tzedek in Kiryat Sanz, said the world lost a pious man who did not partake of the pleasures of This World in the least, and accepted yissurim with love throughout his lifetime. The Admor of Trisk, HaRav Moshe Eichenstein, praised his humility and gadlus in Torah. HaRav Dovid Freiman said decades ago the deceased would engage his father, HaRav Ben Tzion, in Torah exchanges for hours on end.

The last hesped was delivered by his son-in-law, HaRav Moshe Trachtman, who said from the day they met until his final day all of their conversations revolved around Torah and halochoh.

After the hespeidim the funeral proceeded to Har Hamenuchos.

Rav Boruch Noach Abelow zt"l is survived by his devoted wife, sons and daughters married to HaRav Moshe Trachtman and HaRav Shimon Greenfeld, as well as grandchildren and great- grandchildren.


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