Rabbi Dovid Krasnjanski, a beloved husband and father who was the Rosh Kolel of Tiferes Zekeinim Levi Yitzchak in Crown Heights passed away on Shabbos, 8 Tishrei, 5784.
He was 88.
One week before his 89th birthday, as Shabbos was leaving and Erev Yom Kippur began, R’ Dovid’s neshama left this world.
He was born on 16 Tishrei, 5695 in Kiev, Ukraine.
He was a direct descendant of the Baal Shem Tov (ninth generation) from both his son Tzvi and his daughter Udel.
He learned in the underground Chabad Cheder in Samarkand, and continued his studies at the Yeshiva in Brunoy. He eventually came to America and married Ettel Charitonow, the granddaughter of R’ Aron Charitonow from Nikolayev.
After living in Crown Heights for many years, they were advised by the Rebbe to move to Philadelphia to continue his job as an engineer for the US Navy.
For forty years, he was a pillar of the Lubavitcher Center on Castor Avenue in northeast Philadelphia, led by Rabbi Avraham Shemtov.
They then lived for a few years in San Diego and had a huge impact on the community.
He was a tremendous Talmid Chacham and a dugma chaya for so many in his humble unassuming way. A model of a true Chassid who carried himself with real and deep humility. A dedicated husband, father and grandfather through and through.
Torah was his life, never seen without a sefer, giving shiurim everywhere he went. His “retirement” was becoming the Rosh Kolel of Tiferes Zekeinim Levi Yitzchak in Crown Heights.
He passed on his love for learning to his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and all that met him. His children and grandchildren are Shluchim of the Rebbe, literally all around the world and credit their constant inspiration to their parents for their love of Torah and Yiddishkeit.
He is survived by his wife Ettel, his children Mottel (Melbourne, Australia), Itchel (Hawaii), Ben Tzion (Manhattan), Tzivia Friedman (Crown Heights), Moshe (Montreal), Yossi (Monsey), Sarah Rivkin (New Orleans) and Chanie Krasnjansky (Riverdale), and siblings Genya Tikotsky (Bnei Brak) and Yomtov Krasnianski (Bnei Brak).
The levaya will be held Sunday, Erev Yom Kippur. 12pm passing 770, 1pm Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, followed by the family sitting shiva at the Ohel for a brief period. Shiva ends with Yom Kippur.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes – Dovid Nachman ben Moshe.