By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Yechezkel Shpringer, one of the elder and iconic chassidim who lived in the Chassidic village of Kfar Chabad in central Israel, passed away on Friday, 13 Teves 5779.
He was 94.
Born in Poland, he survived the horrors of the Second World War and was able to immigrate to the Holy Land of Israel where he became a Chabad chossid.
A humble man, R’ Chatzkel lived a pious life as one of the first settlers in the village. He first worked in agriculture and raised turkeys.
In later year, he established a winery under the label “Shpringer Wines” that became a favorite choice for many local Lubavitchers.
He davened in the Merkazi Shul in Kfar Chabad and served as a Mashpia figure for its congregants. He was known for setting time for learning, like his morning chavrusa in Gemara with the farmer R’ Zusik Rivkin that lasted for 40 years.
He is survived by his children R’ Yosef Shpringer of Kfar Chabad, Israel; Mrs. Faigl Jacobson of Crown Heights; Mrs. Chaya Stock of Moodus, Connecticut; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Levaya took place in Jerusalem on Friday. The family will be sitting Shiva in Kfar Chabad.
Mrs. Jacobson and Mrs. Stock will be sitting Shiva in Crown Heights at 678 Lefferts Avenue, Sunday and Monday and Tues morning.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.