Tribute to the real Midnight Tzaddick/Rabbi Rav Avrohom Yeshaya German zt”l

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 Hagolah, 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.


9 thoughts on “Tribute to the real Midnight Tzaddick/Rabbi Rav Avrohom Yeshaya German zt”l

  1. other peoples comments his rebbe maran hagaon harav dovid soloveitchick shlita picked him out of all his talmidim and confidents to be a ‘AID’ at his own sons wedding which in the briske family is the most carefuly chosen kibbud. i also heard that befor he went to sleep after complaining that he doesnt feel well he said that he his moichel evryone. he was a true moser nefesh for torah after having lived in lakewood for a number of years after his wedding he felt that the place he would shtieg most and be able to live his life al pi torah mamash was by his rebbe muvhak harav hagaon maran rebbe dovid soloveitchick shlita so with tremendous gevurah he picked himself up and moved back to yerushalayim and learnt by his rebbe up until now. he was a true role model for the american bochurim at the yeshiva, to watch him sit and learn, daven, or when chaping a shmooze after seder, THEY ALL SAW VOS HAIST AN EMESE TALMID FROM THE ROSH YESHIVA SHLITA no words at all neither a article nor a book would do the full justice of capturing this heilige yid as harav velvel soloveitchick said with bitter tears and uncontrolable sobs in the opening words of his passionate hesped HE WAS A GAON IN TORAH A GAON IN YIRAS SHAMAYIM AND A GAON IN MIDDOS AND CHESSED ‘ba hashemesh bitzhorayim’ the sun which lit up warmed and heald the lives of the the thousands of pepole who knew him has set midday,. but we will continue to be inspired by his great legecy. he left over a beutiful family of chashuvah bnai torah bemes who continue to follow in his ways. ‘REB YESHAYA BE A MEILITZ YOSHER FOR YOUR FAMILY THE ROSH YESHIVA SHLITA AND THE ENTIRE YESHIVA AND TALMIDIM WHICH YOU LOVED MIT DI GANTZE HAARTZ!AND FOR YOUR BELOVED TALMIDIM AT KESHER AND THE THOUSANDS THAT WERE INSPIRED BY YOU. ‘YEHI ZICHRO BORUCH’

    Baruch Dayan Emes!

    He was a tzadik yesod olam i was a talmid of his for a few years what a tragedy he was a gaon in middos not to mention in depth yedios of kol hatorah kulah He was holding the world up with his middos.
    Yehi Zichro Baruch!!!

    4. Comment from Broken
    Time January 22, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    We have no idea what this means, and who this was. Everyone who has known Rav German “knew” or at least fealt deeply that he was a tzaddik, aside from his expertise in all areas of Torah b’iyun. His last hours as they were recorded by his family before his sudden, untimely petirah is only a tiny hint at the malach that he was. May he be a meilitz yosher for all of klall Yisroel.

    rabbi german was so special and its sad hes gone what will we do without him how will his presence in the yeshiva and klal yisroel be said by rav shoen hashlita ..HE WAS A MALACH..always smiling never a bad thought..he was the jug of oil that burnt for 8 days in kesher..he was here for this short time to show his children, his students, this is how you live life and love hashem this is how you treat others..he was a role model for the role models..a rebbe for the rebeim..he was a malach to the malachim..he was rabbi german!!..what will purim be without you rebbe!!!??? rebbe your shoes will never be filled but your torah will be with us forever, and we will spread the light you gave us throughout the world..thank you rebbe..BDE

    17. Comment from Shalom
    Time January 23, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    It is so very difficult to accept this harsh reality. Rabbi Yeshaya German was not just my Rabbi and spiritual guide, he was my father. From the moment I walked through Kesher’s doors I formed an extremely unique and strong connection to the Rabbi. Only those who knew him merited to recognize his godliness in all aspects of torah and chesed. Rabbi German was so great yet so simple. Who else in the world would leave his loving family and sleep on an uncomfortabally thin matteress for six days out of the week in the school dormitory? I remember he would leave Kesher on Friday morning and return Motzei Shabbos so he can care for his beloved children. I have personally spent hours upon hours with him on the phone and in person. He would offer the best and most practical advice. Despite his tremendous and in-depth knowledge in torah, he was so humble. Never did he expect anyone to give him any honor. He was always happy with what he had!

    Rebbe, with tears in my eyes, I love you dearly! Your passing is heart breaking yet so inspiring. My beloved friends, we have lost a tzadik!

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