BD’H Ohr Somayach Rav Mendel Weinbach Tz’l leaves us in mourning! Chanukah 5773!

Boruch Dayan HaEmes , With much sorrow we announce the פטירה of our great Rosh Hayeshiva HaGaon HaRav Mendel Weinbach zt”l

The Levayah will take place at 14:00 from the Yeshiva to Har Hamenuchot.

בצער רב וביגון אנחנו מצטערים להודיע על פטירת מרן ראש הישיבה הגאון הרב מנדל וינבך זצוק”ל.  BD’H Ohr Somayach Rav Mendel Weinbach Tz’l leaves us in mourning! He was my Rosh Hayeshiva and constantly influenced my life with many hashgacha pratis meetings like he spoke at the Siyum Hashas and chinuch shmoozes we went too , may he look out for our generation ! Watch his battle with life and death  at the Siyum Hashas! And may we all be saved from this terrible plague that took his holy life! He is irreplaceable and was from the alumnae of Torah Vdaas when such important people were learning there like Rav Moshe Wolfson Shlita , Rav Areyeh Kaplin zt’l and teachers as important as Rav Simcha Vasserman zt’l!

This holy picture was taken at my Chuppah 🙂 5762 Chanukah,  The Rosh Hayeshivah said Bracha Achrita with soul and song. (the last of the 7 blessings said under the Chuppah !)

Rabbi Mendel Weinbach beyond words!

A graduate of the famous Torah Vodaath Yeshiva in New York, Rabbi Weinbach, a founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem, has been mentor, father and leader to generations of Ohr Somayach students around the world. A prolific author and international lecturer he is an inspiration and advisor to many Jewish leaders. Rabbi Weinbach offers brilliant insights into top holy works of our people!

Rav Weinbach was one of the fathers of the modern-day baal teshuvah movement. Since the founding of Yeshiva Ohr Somayach in 1970, Rav Weinbach taught, mentored and advised generations of students, helping beginners develop their learning skills and embrace a Torah lifestyle. He was a father figure to thousands and actively participated in his students’ weddings and the brisos and bar mitzvahs of their children.

Rav Weinbach was an erudite talmid chochom and a sought-after speaker for both men’s and women’s groups in Israel and abroad. He wrote severalseforim and books, and authored many newspaper, magazine and online articles on Jewish thought and practice.

Rav Weinbach was born in 1933 in Poland and was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received semichah at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas.

He married Sylvie (Sheindel) Lamm, a Belgian war orphan who came to New York at the age of 5. She and her parents, Abraham Israel and Rachel Lamm, had been interned in the Mechelen transit camp in 1942. She had been liberated on January 13, 1944, and sent to a Jewish orphanage; her parents were deported to Auschwitz two days later. She was raised by her aunt and uncle in New York City. Rav Weinbach and his wife settled in Kiryat Mattersdorf in Yerushalayim, where they raised their 12 children.

The 1960s and 1970s were a time of searching for meaning by Western-educated, college-age men and women. In 1970, Rav Weinbach with Rav Noach Weinberg, Rav Nota Schiller, and Rav Yaakov Rosenberg founded Yeshiva Shema Yisroel to attract young Jewish men with little or no background in Jewish studies. After a few years, Rav Weinberg founded Aish HaTorah in 1974. Shema Yisroel subsequently changed its name to Ohr Somayach.

Rav Weinbach will long be remembered as a beloved rebbirosh yeshiva andmashpiah who impacted the lives of thousands of people, giving meaning to their lives and bringing them closer to the Ribono Shel Olam.

The levaya was scheduled 1:45 p.m. at Yeshiva Ohr Somayach, located at  22 Rechov Shimon Hatzaddik in the Maalot Dafna section of Yerushalayim. Kevurah followed at Har Hamenuchos.

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