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Rav Avraham Yaakov Littman zt”l: A Combination of Gadlus with Emes



On the ninth of Nisan, 5780, Klal Yisroel lost another korban to the deadly virus, Rav Avraham Yaakov Littman zt”l. More than 43 years ago, in 1977, Rav Avraham and his wife and family moved to Monsey, from Eretz Yisroel, where Rav Avraham became one of the six founding members of the Brisker Kollel. He learned there for seven years. He later started his career in harbotzas Torah, serving as a shoel umeishiv in a number of local yeshivos and soon after, he became a rebbi at Yeshiva Ohel Torah in Monsey - first for the tenth grade and later for the twelfth grade - where he would mold hundreds of talmidim over the next 30 years.

Rav Avraham Yaakov was renowned as an outstanding lamdan and one who was medakdek b”mitzvos. His influence was felt by hundreds of his talmidim and he gave over many of his special qualities and minhagim to his children - he truly taught them how to live, how to think, how to act. In the words of one admirer, “He was a walking fifth chelek of shulchan Aruch!”

Rav Avraham married the daughter of Rav Zev Hoberman zt”l and Rebbetzin Esther Hoberman a”h. Rebbitzen Littman a”h was nifteres two years ago in 2018, after a difficult illness.

In his youth Rav Avraham Yaakov was a close talmid of numerous gedolei Torah, includ- ing Rav Mottel Weinberg zt”l, from the Yeshiva of Eastern Parkway, in Brooklyn, Rav Shmuel Brudny zt”l and Rav Shmuel Berenbaum zt”l, from when he learned in the Mir Yeshiva, and Rav Berel Soloveitchik zt”l, from whom he learned for numerous years before and after he got mar- ried. He spent the bulk of those years learning in the Brisker Yeshiva and imbibing the Brisker Mehalech. It stayed with him throughout his entire lifetime. His Rebbeim all recognized his unique capacity for gadlus baTorah and all

had a profound impact on Rav Avraham Yaakov zt”l. He dedicated his life to perpetuating the gadlus and the derech of his illustrious Rebbeim to generations of talmidim.

Rav Avraham leaves over a distinguished mishpacha of talmidei chachamim. He is sur- vived by 11 children, all of whom are bnei Torah and marbitzei Torah like their father and grandfather.

Rav Avraham Yaakov is also survived by his one brother, R’ Meir Leib of Monsey.

A neighbor wrote: Rabbi Littman was a won- derful neighbor, an inspir- ing Talmid Chacham, and a joyful soul. The Littmans were pillars of the Monsey community, and wherever they have taken root. We want all of the Littmans to be comforted by the gratitude we all have felt to have them in our midst. Rav Avraham will be missed in the hearts of all of us.

Yehi zichro boruch.

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