NEW YORK (VINnews) — The Torah world mourns the loss of Rabbi Shraga Feivel Cohen Zts’l, a prominent world-renowned Posek and author of many seforim including the seminal set of seforim Badei Hashulchan, a form of Mishna Berura on major aspects of Yoreh Deah.Join our WhatsApp group
Rabbi Cohen suffered respiratory stress on Sunday morning and suddenly collapsed. Paramedics performed resuscitation efforts but were forced to declare Rabbi Cohen’s death a short time later.
Rabbi Cohen was a Rebbe in Yeshivas Chaim Berlin during the period when it was led by Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner Zts’l and was recognized as a great genius even as a young man who had a great and broad knowledge of Torah as well as a wise approach to life.
Rabbi Cohen shunned honor all of his life and preferred to spend his days studying and writing his works. For tens of years he served as rabbi of the Kahal Tomchei Torah shul in Flatbush, Brooklyn. A number of years ago he retired from his position there and went to live in Lakewood, New Jersey.
His books contain numerous Teshuvos which were written to him by Hagaon Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who revered Rav Shraga Feivel and maintained constant contact with him. Rav Elyashiv said that a psak of Rabbi Cohen was the last word for American Jewry.
Rabbi Cohen is survived by his wife Rebbetzin Rivka as well as children who follow in his footsteps. His son Rabbi Binyomin Cohen authored the Chelkas Binyamin and is the Rosh Kollel of Gur Aryeh Kollel and rabbi of the Kehal Talmidei Yeshivos in Flatbush and another son Rabbi Chaim Cohen is the head of the Beis Midrash Mesivta in Baltimore, while Rabbi Cohen’s son-in-law Rav Aharon Kaufman heads the yeshiva in Waterbury.
The levaya will take place at 2 PM from Beis Midrash Govoha in Lakewood and then at 5 PM from his Beis Midrash in Flatbush and he will then be flown to Eretz Yisrael for burial. There will be no hespedim in accordance with the will he left.
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