Sunday, September 30, 2007
Avad Chassid min Ha'aretz – We Have Lost a Chassid
HaRav Shenker was the Head of Mosdos Modzitz [Institutions] for decades, the pillar of the Rebbe's Beis Medrash in Bnei Brak, and a father figure to hundreds of avreichim and bachurim [young men] for just as long. He authored the sefer Arisi Mori [chiddushei Torah on Torah, Moadim and Shas-Talmud], and was known in Modzitz for a special combination of Torah, Yira, Negina and Stature.
HaRav Avraham was a son-in-law of the Imrei Shaul, and a vivid living link in the golden chain of Toras and Neginas Modzitz.
His aron [coffin] will arrive Sunday afternoon, and the levaya [funeral] will start at 5:30 pm at the Rebbe Shlita's Beis Medrash in Bnei Brak - 20 Habakuk St. At 7:30 pm the levaya will continue at Shamgar in Yerushalayim, and then on to Har HaZeisim.
I can only add to the official announcement above a few of my own impressions. "Reb Avrum," as we knew him, like his younger brother HaRav Ben Zion Shenker, n"y [may his light shine], was a Chassid to four [!] generations of Modzitzer Rebbes: the Imrei Shaul, the Imrei Aish, the Nachalas Dan, and today’s Rebbe Shlita. He always conducted himself with extreme humbleness, while maintaining utmost dignity. At almost every Tish, the Nachalas Dan ztvk"l and the Rebbe Shlita would honor him with the opening niggun [or two]. He was always prepared, and of course, the opening niggun often "set the mood" for the entire Tish. Yet it never went to his head. He was literally a "right-hand man" to four generations of Modzitzer Rebbes. An accomplished businessman, he was nevertheless well-versed in all aspects of Torah, and had fully absorbed the special avoda of Modzitz - that of Negina.