Terrible news again, Baruch Dayan HaEmes: We are sad to inform you of the passing of Rav Avner German zt”l (father of Rav Yeshaya German zt”l). The Levaya took place this afternoon in Jerusalem 30 days after the passing of his son. Siyumim/Dedications upon the shloshim/30 days of Rav German zt”l will be held tonight (Monday) in yeshiva, together with the German family. The seudah has been moved to 7pm. It was very strange news on the 30th day and I ended up finding out on the road from Bet Shemesh on the way to Kesher for the special Seudah today and ended up going to the Levaya instead!
The role model for the Midnight Rabbi and all the world, someone who truly cared and the only thing he was most strict in was loving others.
Here’s a quick story of my Rebbe in Ohr Somayach of a man who truly is beyond words. He told us about not watching movies “who needs to watch movies when your fight with the evil inclination is the best movie there is” !!! He lived and breathed Torah true lifestyle and may his holy family (<-click to hear his holy son hesped his holy father zt’l) find comfort and all of us as mourners of Tzion , amen! Dancing with Rav Avrohom Yeshaya German zt”l Purim day was beyond words!
Who can forget the holy time spent with Rav Germnan zt’l Purim every year opening his heart and home with Emunah pouring more than the Lchaims!!! Please listen to great hespeds from great Rabbonim close to him click here<-! Here is a link to a collection of letters and memories of Rav German zt”l.
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Avrohom Yeshaya German zt”lon Shabbos in Eretz Yisroel. A noted talmid chochom and yorei Shomayim, Rav Avrohom Yeshaya was taken at the prime of his life, leaving his family, friends,talmidim and admirers in mourning.
Rav Avrohom Yeshaya was a son of Rav Avner German, renowned menahel of Be’er HagolahInstitutes, which was founded in 1979 at the behest of gedolim as a kiruv initiative to draw close our brethren who hailed from the former Soviet Union. Rav Avrohom Yeshaya’s mother, Rebbetzin Laya German a”h, passed away several years ago.
Rav Avrohom Yeshaya was a talmid of the yeshiva of Rav Dovid Soloveitchik and also learned at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. He devoted considerable time to Yeshivas Gevuras Yitzchok-Kesher, an innovative makom Torah in Yerushalayim designed to deal with the unique issues of young people who have lost direction in life and are looking for a meaningful way back. Rav Avrohom Yeshaya’s yedios haTorah and remarkably warm and caring personality came together in a stunning way to touch so many hearts and souls. He was a giant in Torah and a giant in middos, with his humility hiding much of the gadlus he attained.
Rav German is survived by his wife, Mrs. Tziporah German (sitting at 13 Maharal Ziskind in Beit Shemesh and can be reached at 011-972-2-991-0315), and his children; his father, Rav Avner German; and his siblings, Rabbi Mordechai German (starting Friday morn will be sitting at 120 Westervelt Place in Passaic), Mrs. Rochel Shlomowitz (sitting at 13 Maharal Ziskind in Beit Shemesh and can be reached at 011-972-2-991-0315), Mrs. Nechama Pohrille (starting Friday morning will be sitting at 1434 45th Street in Boro Park), Mrs. Bruria Rotkin (starting Friday morning will be sitting at 401 7th Street in Lakewood), Mrs. Shifra Brog and Mrs. Yocheved Shulman.
Rabbi Avner German will be sitting shivah at 1500 Hornell Loop, Apt. 4B, in Starrett City, Brooklyn. Shacharis is at 8:40 a.m. Minchah is at 4:15 p.m., and Maariv is at 8 p.m. The phone number is 718.642.8470.
Yehi zichro boruch.