• Thu, February 23, 2017
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Community Gathers To Commemorate First Yahrtzeit of Late Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Niznik

On Monday night the 19th of November, leaders and members of the Montreal community gathered in the rooms of the Beis Din of Montreal to remember the late Chief Rabbi of Montreal, Rabbi Avrohom Dovid Niznik, who dedicated his life to the Montreal community and worked continuously for the benefit of all who needed help.

There was siyum held during the seudah l’ilui nishmoso, made by Rabbi Moshe Stern, a Rav in the Lubavitch community. Rabbi Stern fondly recalled the work of Rabbi Niznik in various spheres, as well as his years as Rabbi of the Tzirei Das Congregation, where Rabbi Stern himself now presides as Rabbi.

Chief Rabbi of the Beth Din, Rabbi Yonason Binyomin Weiss then gave a very moving tribute to the work carried out by Rabbi Niznik on behalf of Montreal. Recalling how Rabbi Niznik tackled difficult problems which were brought before him, Rabbi Weiss said that the year during which he spent with Rabbi Niznik, prior to his passing, was very valuable to him as he was able to gain first hand experience in Montreal as to Rabbi Niznik’s work with the Vaad HaRabonim and other leaders of the Montreal community. Rabbi Weiss added that Rabbi Niznik always mentioned and gave credit to his teachers and mentors, Rabbi Elchonon Wasserman ztl and Rabbi Chatzkel Levinstein. He said that Rabbi Niznik stood firm in principles of Torah and did not give in even the most minute detail of Torah and Mitzvos were being threatened.

The mark that Rabbi Niznik has left on the community is a permanent one, said Rabbi Weiss. And one that we in Montreal will never forget.

Rabbi Segal, Rabbi Banon, And Rabbi Weiss

The Sefaradi chief Rabbi, Rabbi David Sabbah then addressed the crowd, commenting that Rabbi Niznik was a unifying voice between the various communities of Montreal. Rabbi Sabbah, as one of the members of the Beth Din who had worked with Rabbi Niznik for many years, relayed how the loss of Rabbi Niznik affected him personally, and was felt even prior to Rabbi Niznik’s passing, when he fell ill, and the members of the Beth Din were grappling with answers to some difficult questions and were unable to depend on his always dependable and wise counsel.

Afterwards, Rabbi Niznik’s brother in law, Rav Segal, who travelled from New York for the event, said a few words, as did Rabbi Selinger, the Rosh Yeshiva of Kaminetz in New York, who spoke about the warm relationship he had with the late Rav HaRoshi, who will be sorely missed by the entire community.


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