Klal Yisrael mourned the petirah of the renowned Mekubal and Posek, Hagaon Harav Sroya Deblitzky, zt”l. Rav Deblitzky, who was a mechaber of many sefarim on Kabbalah, was niftar on Friday night at the age of 93.
He was born in Riga, Latvia, and his family emigrated to Eretz Yisrael in the mid-1930s. He merited to forge a close connection to Hagaon Harav Dovid Baharan, zt”l, and Harav Yaakov Moshe Charlap, zt”l.
After his marriage, he resided in Tel Aviv, and later in Ramat Gan, yet he would go each day in the early morning hours to Bnei Brak to daven vasikin together with the Chazon Ish, of whom he became a close talmid.
Rav Debilitzky would don numerous pairs of tefillin every day to cover various halachic opinions, and would spend many hours a day learning both the hidden and the revealed Torah, while wearing tallis and tefillin.
He was also very close to Hagaon Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, zt”l, who would refer questions pertaining to Kabbalah to Rav Deblitzky and held him in very great esteem.
A throng gathered for the levayah in Bnei Brak Sunday morning, and he was then brought to Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv for kevurah. Maspidim included Harav Dan Segal, shlita; Harav Moshe Sternbuch, shlita, Rosh Av Beis Din, Eidah Hachareidis; and the niftar’s only son, Harav Dovid Deblitzky.
A full tribute will, b’ezras Hashem, appear in the weekly edition.
Yehi Zichro Baruch.