Harav Ahron Meir Eichenstein, zt”l, the Kviashder Rav of Monsey, was niftar on Shabbos, 18 Cheshvan. He was remembered for his love and dedication to Torah and devotion to continuing in the ways of his holy ancestors from the dynasties of Ziditchov and Dinov.
The Rav was born in 1946. His father, Harav Yitzchok Isaac, zt”l, was a descendant of the Rebbes of Ziditchov. His mother, Rebbetzin Rikel, was the daughter of Harav Elazar Shapira, zt”l, of Kviashd, a descendant of the Bnei Yissaschar of Dinov. Ahron Meir spent his younger years in Queens, where his father had established a beis medrash. Young Ahron Meir and his siblings traveled to Williamsburg daily to attend the Satmar cheder.
As a bachur, the Rav distinguished himself with his great hasmadah, while studying in Bais Medrash Elyon. He married Machla Horowitz, daughter of Harav Avrohom Dovid Horowitz, zt”l, the Rav of Strasburg, France, and a member of the Eidah Hachareidis of Yerushalayim.
After his father’s petirah, the Rav established Khal Zichron Elazar, Kviashd, in Monsey. Within a short period of time, the beis medrash attracted a distinguished group of mispallelim. The shul is known among Monsey residents for its unique atmosphere of Torah and avodah, reminiscent of an old world shtiebel.
The niftar was known for the long hours he spent pouring over his sefarim. He leaves behind writings on a broad range of subjects in Torah.
The Rav was exceptionally dedicated to maintain the ways of his many great forebears. He led davening with the unique nusach of the tzaddikim of Ziditchov. The niftar’s passion and interest was reserved for avodas Hashem, which consumed his entire being. Those who were privileged to know him recalled the great emotion with which he recited Shir Hashirim, each Erev Shabbos.
The levayah was held at the Kviashder Beis Medrash in Monsey before proceeding to Deans, New Jersey, where he was laid to rest next to his father and grandfather in the Kviashder section of the beis hachaim.
Yehi zichro baruch.