Monday, February 1, 2021



What a sad day for Klal Yisrael.


Devorah said...

Rabbi Dr. Abraham J Twerski, 90, OBM
We regret to inform you of the passing of Rabbi Twerski.
Born in Milwaukee, to Devorah Leah nee Halberstam, who was the daughter of the second Rebbe of Bobov, and Rabbi Jacob Israel Twerski, who was the rabbi of Beth Jehudah synagogue in Milwaukee. The elder Rabbi Twerski immigrated to America in 1927, and was a descendant of Rabbi Menachem Nachum Twerski, the founder of the Chernobyl Hasidic dynasty, and a student of the Baal Shem Tov. Twerski was the third of five brothers. His two older brothers were Shloime and Motel, and his two younger brothers were twins, Aaron and Michel. He attended public high school in Milwaukee, and graduated at age 16. He enrolled in the Hebrew Theological College of Chicago (now located in Skokie, Illinois) and was ordained a rabbi in 1951. He worked with his father as assistant rabbi. In 1952 he married Goldie Flusberg. In 1953 Rabbi Twerski enrolled at Milwaukee's Marquette University, and subsequently graduated from its medical school in 1960. He received his psychiatric training at the University of Pittsburgh, and spent an additional two years on the staff of a state hospital in Pennsylvania. He was then asked to become the head of the department of psychiatry at Pittsburgh's St. Francis Hospital.
Rabbi Twerski requested that no eulogies be delivered at his funeral, and just to sing the song that he composed for his brother’s wedding more than sixty years ago, and which has become one of the standard niggunim songs within the traditional Jewish repertoire, no matter the circle. The lyrics are from Tehillim 28:9: Hoshia Es Amecha... Ad Olam. They were sung in front of The Rebbe many times.

Devorah said...

Neshama said...

BD”E HaShem has taken so many of our Sages during this episode. Thank you for this info. We are losing our Gedolim faster and faster. BTW one of the niftarim had his first “shot” and then developed CV. many have come down with CV after getting the “jab”. It’s just plain dreadful. However, it is really HaShem reclaiming these Neshomos.

ariela said...

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Unknown said...

All wonderful wonderful tzadikim and talmidei chachamim. We should all learn more, daven harder and do more mitzvos in their honour. May Klal Yisrael see the ultimate geulah very very soon.


Leah said...

Baruch Dayan HaEmett. Speechless.

annie said...

Baruch Dayan Emes

nothing said...

Baruch Dayan Emes....tragedy to lose so many gedolim.
Rabbi Twerski Z"L was a giant among men. He is responsible for the recovery of so many people. What a monumental loss.

moshe said...

BDE - Chazal tell us that before Moshiach, H' will take most of the tzadikim away from us and we will feel at such a great loss so we will have no one to rely upon but Hashem, straight to the Source! That is why we are told the biggest teshuvah, especially for those so lost amongst our people, will be our Emunah and Bitachon in HaKadosh Baruch Hu! Ain Od Milvado!

LondonMale said...

What losses!
What an extraordinary time for Klal Yisrael.
Even amongst the non religious, Rabbi Twerski's work helped so many people.
Daruch Dayan Emet.

Moshe said...

Baruch Dayan Emet.

TheRawsomeVeganGal said...

Here are a number of sources of information about Rabbi Dr Avraham Twerski zatzal that found online that were very interesting and even from non-Jewish sources that gave glowing accolades to him for all the work he did in the world to help those with addictions. He was an unassuming giant and very humble, as well. I heard he was working on his 91st book.
Baruch Dayan Emet. Yehiyeh Zichro Baruch!

He wrote the niggun Hoshea Es Amecha over 60 years ago - here is a short video of him talking about it and how it came about:

Here is another video that is interesting as well and important to hear:

Articles of interest

Read this article, too of his encounter with The Rebbe

Recording of his levaya on YouTube:
Even if you can not watch it, read the info right below and will learn alot about who he was.  It brought a tear to my eye and some very heartwarming and touching comments.