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Chicago, IL - Telshe Rosh Yeshiva Of Chicago To Be Mourned In Multiple Funerals

Published on: November 28, 2018 03:15 PM
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Chicago, IL - The first of several funeral services will be taking place shortly for Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Levin, Rosh Hayeshiva of Telshe Yeshiva Chicago and a member of Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah of Agudath Israel of America, who passed away this morning at his home.

Rabbi Levin is believed to have been 86 years old and had been in poor health for an extended period of time after contracting a serious case of pneumonia several years ago. Since that time, he has experienced difficulty with both his mobility and his breathing and made only rare appearances in the yeshiva. 

Rabbi Levin was the son of Rabbi Leizer Levin, the respected leader of Detroit’s Jewish community, and a devoted student of Rav Elya Meir Bloch of the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland.  Hand picked to be one of the leaders of the yeshiva’s Chicago branch when it opened over 55 years ago along with Rabbi Chaim Schmelczer, Rabbi Levin guided Telshe Chicago to a position of prominence in the world of Torah.

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Rabbi Levin was known for the clarity of his shiurim as well as a strong emphasis on proper behavior, personal dignity and respect for Torah. 

Chicago resident Shimmy Atlas who considered Rabbi Levin to be his rebbe, said that students in the yeshiva understood that there were certain standards that needed to be upheld at all times.

“One time there was a student who feel asleep during a shiur and Rabbi Levin had him stand up and he spoke about why it was a lack of respect to fall asleep during the shiur,” Atlas told VIN News. “It wasn’t the honor of his Torah that he felt was slighted. It was that of his rebbe, Rav Elya Meir Bloch.”

Atlas remembered another incident where Rabbi Levin had been dancing in one of the inner circles at a wedding and found himself having a hard time making his way off the dance floor, with none of the celebrants allowing him to get through the outer circles.

Rabbi Levin addressed the incident the following day in a pre-Shabbos discussion at the yeshiva, saying that while the guests on the dance floor weren’t Telshe students, they likely knew that he was a rosh yeshiva and should have let him through.

“Even if they didn’t know who I was, if they saw an older man with a white beard, how could they have not stopped for a moment to let me pass by?” asked Rabbi Levin.

Despite the exacting standards that he expected of his students and the fierceness with which he defended the honor of the Torah, Atlas, who lives down the block from Rabbi Levin, recalled his warm personality.

“Sometimes my children would be outside playing ball in the summer and they would see Rabbi Levin coming,” said Atlas. “They would stop what they were doing and sit down so that when the Rosh Yeshiva passed by they could stand up for him.  He realized what they were doing and he would walk by with a glint in his eye that said ‘I saw what you just did’ and sometimes he would wave at them.”

The Chicago funeral for Rabbi Levin will be taking place at 4 PM CST at the yeshiva, with a second service taking place tomorrow at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood.  Rabbi Levin will be flown to Israel tomorrow afternoon and will be laid to rest in Bnei Brak.



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 Nov 29, 2018 at 12:19 PM Anonymous Says:

BDE-a rebbe to thousands.

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