A large crowd gathered on Monday morning at Beis Elimelech on Lakewood’s Harvard Street to mourn the tragic petirah of Reb Yitzchok Meir Weisberger, z”l, 65. Reb Weisberger was remembered as a picture of an oved Hashem whose time, thoughts, and energy were dedicated to Torah and avodah. He was niftar after being hit by a vehicle on Sunday evening.
Harav Rafoel Paskas, Mara d’Asra of Beis Elimelech and Menahel of Yeshivas Vyelipol, expressed the kehillah’s sadness and shock in what was the first of several hespeidim. Amidst copious tears he expounded upon of the great loss for the community as a whole.
“He didn’t live in America, he didn’t live in this world; he lived in the world of tzaddikim from ah mohl,” he said. “He was a picture for the children and yungeleit of all the batei medrashim he davened in to look up to, a picture of a fartzatishe Yid, a chassidishe Yid.”
Other maspidim included Harav Yeruchim Olshin, Rosh Yeshivas Bais Medrash Govoha, and Harav Mordechai Betzalel Klein, Satmar Dayan of Lakewood and a chavrusa of the niftar, and several family members.
Reb Yitzchok Meir was born in Eretz Yisrael where his parents, Reb Yaakov Tzvi and Mrs. Henya Weisberger, had settled following World War Two. The family immigrated to America soon after his birth and settled in Williamsburg, becoming dedicated chassidim of the Divrei Yoel of Satmar, zy”a. In addition to his close connection to Satmar, Reb Yitzchok Meir was a dedicated talmid of Harav Yaakov Schorr, zt”l, of Beis Medrash Nesivos Olam, known as “Malachim.” The niftar closely cherished the memories of his rebbeim until his last day, speaking passionately of their wisdom and holy ways.
Reb Yitzchok Meir routinely rose very early, beginning his long regimen of techinos, tehillim and Mishniyos, often davening vasikin. He spent many hours a day learning in Beis Medrash Kol Shimshon. One of his chavrusos recounted at the levayah that in the past several years they had completed several mesechtos, learning each one twice.
Those who were privileged to know Reb Yitzchok Meir remembered him as an supremely unique individual, disconnected from the contemporary trappings of the world around him and absorbed in a world of Torah, Chassidus and kedushah.
Kevurah took place at Beth David Cemetery in Long Island.
Reb Yitzchok Meir is survived by ybl”c his wife, siblings, and several children and grandchildren.
Yehi zichro Baruch.