By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Avrohom Shmuel Bukiet, one of the Shluchim that the Rebbe sent to the holy land of Israel who served as a Mashpia and educator for many years, passed away on Wednesday, 5 Adar, 5781.
He passed away the day after his 70th birthday and after a battle with coronavirus.
He was born on the 4th of Adar, 5711 in the United States, to his parents Rabbi Chaim Meir and Esther Bukiet. As a bochur, he studied in Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch of Montreal with the legendary Mashpia and Mekubal Rabbi Volf Greenglass OBM.
After his marriage to Feiga Bracha, nee Wilhelm, they settled in Crown Heights.
In 1978, he was sent by the Rebbe together with the group of English-speaking Shluchim to the Holy Land. The Bukiets first settled in the city of Tzfas and he then served as the Rabbi of the city of Yokneam and as the Rebbe’s Shliach in Kiryat Ata.
In later years they lived in Kfar Chabad, where Rabbi Bukiet served as a Mashpia at Yeshiva Ohr Simcha and the Yisroel Aryeh Leib Shul. In 5777, he was appointed by Kfar Chabad’s Rabbi Meir Ashkenazi to be a member of the Vaad Haruchni in Kfar Chabad.
Rabbi Bukiet was best known for the 49 seforim he authored and compiled such as the sayings about the Tanya, the Rebbe’s teachings on chinuch, building a home and sholom bayis. He also collected references and the connections of the Chabad Rebbes to the cities of Chevron and Miron.
After he fell ill with Covid-19, he was hospitalized and a Tanya was printed near his place of hospitalization at Assaf Harofeh Hospital in his merit. Many around the world prayed for his recovery.
He is survived by his wife Feiga Bracha and children, Rabbi Shneur Zalman Bukiet – Zhytomyr, Ukraine, Rabbi Yisrael Bukiet – Brazil, Rabbi Shalom Yaakov Bukiet – Haifa, Israel, Chaya Sara Mann – Kfar Chabad, Israel, Rabbi Yechiel David Bukiet – Kfar Chabad and Rabbi Asher Bukiet – Kfar Chabad; grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings, Ruchie Stillman, Tarzana, CA; Rabbi Yossi Bukiet, Los Angeles, CA; Rabbi Levi Bukiet, Chicago, IL; Chaye Bukiet, Crown Heights; Rabbi Alti Bukiet, Lexington, MA; Sarah Kramer, Montreal, QC; Rabbi Zalman Bukiet, Boca Raton, FL.
The funeral took place in Israel.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes: Avrohom Shmuel ben Chaim Meir.