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    Chabad Pioneer’s 20th Yahrtzeit

    This Shabbos marks the 20th yartzeit of Rabbi Bentzion Schaffran obm, a brilliant orator and unabashed activist who passed away at the age of 59. Full Story

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    Beautiful man
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    Beautiful man

    Sweet, good hearted man.. Ds

    Same Yahrtzit as uncle Yossey
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    Same Yahrtzit as uncle Yossey

    Benzion was a chavrusa with uncle Yossey (reb Yoseif Goldstein) and now share same yhartzait !
    Still learning together and smoking his pipe

    לא הכרתיו
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    לא הכרתיו

    אבל מהתמונות ברור שפניו פני חכם
    יהא זכרו ברוך והקיצו ורננו שוכני עפר והוא בתוכם אמן

    Was he actually a student at the University of Chicago?
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    Was he actually a student at the University of Chicago?

    He told me about a mincha minyan that used to be held in the university’s Oriental Institute library. I got the impression from him that he would participate in that minyan, and that he was a student there at the time. But I’m not 100% sure of the latter two details. He told this to me in around 1993 when he was visiting Chicago.

    All I can say
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    All I can say

    He was a holy man!!! Hosted hundreds of Orchim Shabbas over the years.

    He always had a smile and good word and a smart saying to get you through the day.

    An avid collector of antique Judaica and a professional at it with a vast knowledge of Sefarim and Kisvei Yad.

    He always has a place in my heart

    An old Shabbas guest !!!!

    He was Influenced BY Merkos Shluchim in 1953/4
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    He was Influenced BY Merkos Shluchim in 1953/4

    Those Shluchim Were Dovid Raksin z’l, Elye Gross z’l, Osher Mendelovitch shyichya, Yehoshua Wilanski, Shlita

    T.y  for sharing
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    T.y for sharing

    Its very important for us to know about these people

    i knew him well
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    i knew him well

    anyone growing up in crown hights 60s 70s remember him with a smile

    Esquire, Montreal
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    Esquire, Montreal

    A most amazing individual, and a shining example of what it means to be a chossid and ehrliche Yid. We who knew him are blessed with his memories. Like commentator#4 states, he will always have a place in our hearts. יהא זכרו ברוך והקיצו ורננו שוכני עפר והוא בתוכם אמן

    Wonderful Jew
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    Wonderful Jew

    Knew him from the Yeshivah on Bedford and Dean. Very good heart. Always ready to help.Had a feeling for another Jew with a smile and a good word.

    shabsi chicago
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    shabsi chicago

    בס”ד BenTzion had a quick mind and a wonderful mirth about him that radiated to others. in 1967 we drove from Chicago to Montrael to see expo 67 and to view the yeshiva. our children were little. we returned through Brooklyn, spending יב תמוז מיטזן רבי . one day, we went downtown, or as new Yorkers would say, to the city. Ben Tzion asked if he could come with, as he had to stop at macys. we and our daughters parked out side, our boys went in with him. he did whatever he had to do, then passed the shaver… Read more »

    the swerdlovs
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    the swerdlovs

    bentzion was a real friend. he had a heart as big as the world. he had a sense of humor to match. we shared many many shabbosim and yomtovim, and stam cooking sessions.
    his sweetbreads were legendary. he was the real deal.

    Fellow Chicagonian
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    Fellow Chicagonian

    Rabbi Schaffran had the Zechus when Yom Tov ended on Shabbos & the Rebbe made havdolo with a havdolo licht & besomim, to supply the Rebbe with the havdolo licht & besomim. If any of the old timers know how he got the Zehchus, please share it.

    שליחות בתשכ"ב
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    שליחות בתשכ"ב

    א. בתמונה בעיתון זה ביחד עם הרב נחמן ע”ה סודאק

    ב. הרב שפרן הי’ בין הששה בחורים שנסעו בשליחות בתשכ”ב לישיבת תומכי תמימים ברינוא צרפת. שהם שמו היסוד של הפצת המעיינות במדינת צרפת

    To #13
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    To #13

    As far as I recall on Motzei yt they were looking for candle and besomim and somehow he had it in his locker the rest is history

    from favorite grandchild
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    from favorite grandchild

    even though I never got to see him or know him know that he was a great guy and a big chossid of the rebbe

    and he was always looking to say a good joke and is still in our hearts today

    Remember him fondly
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    Remember him fondly

    His brilliant mind, his humor and love of the Rebbe Z’L
    His name should be for a blessing

    Sterling Street
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    Sterling Street

    We were neighbors and he was the friendliest person – if he was outside he stopped us to have a nice conversation. Always cheerful, always with a good vort. I knew he was smart and had traveled and was aware of things more worldly but I never knew he was accepted to university at 14. The street was never the same after his passing. Ariches Yamim to Tzipporah and the entire family.

    Shaffran Family
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    Shaffran Family

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments.

    in purim tes zaien
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    in purim tes zaien

    berween the sichohs one can hear the rebbe say Shafran to say lechaim

    very special
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    very special

    this article is very special, knew him for many years by face, did not realize that he did so much during his short life time.

    Schaffran kids
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    Schaffran kids

    The Schaffran kids have such good sense of humors, are always helping people, they take so much after their father (and surely their mother). their father is having a lot of nachas.

    Avid guest
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    Avid guest

    Whilst I dormed with my aunt in Crown Heights he often came to visit my aunt and uncle. Always with a sense of humour which kept us all rolling. My aunt always offered him whatever she had just prepared and he was happy to oblige. He was always a welcome guest in their home. We remember him fondly.

    Keep more coming
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    Keep more coming

    A very interesting article, looking forward to more articles of this sort.

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