By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Eliezer Wenger, author of of halacha and chinuch books and a long time educator in Montreal, passed away Monday, 22 Adar 5770.
He was 62 and suffered from a long illness.
Dedicated to his work, Rabbi Wenger taught thousands of boys, girls and adults as rabbi of Congregation Oneg Shabbos in Montreal and a school teacher for over 40 years.
His students in Beth Rivkah Academy – High School and at Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch elementary remember him as a proactive teacher who never failed to explain a topic.
With his pedagogic talent, vast knowledge in Torah and care for detail, he wrote dozens of books in English about Chinuch and Halacha for everyday life including the ever popular Brochos Study Guide, Chagaynu and Qwhizzer.
The books were published through Ruach Hatorah Publications, an organization he opened as one of the 71 institutions worldwide established in honor of the Rebbe’s 71st birthday.
Rabbi Wenger was a judge on Tzivos Hashem’s Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos knowledge contest, and created its curriculum based on the Rambam’s teachings.
He also hosted a Jewish variety radio show, further encouraging young and old to acquire Jewish knowledge.
“Thanks to him many got to know basic halacha, such as laws of waking up in the morning and laws during traveling, before Artscroll and the others started publishing English Jewish literature,” a student of his told COLlive.com.
He is survived by his wife Raitzel and their children: Rabbi Mordechai Wenger, Mashgiach Roshi at Yeshiva Zal in Montreal; R’ Yossi Wenger, administrator of Chabad Chai Center in Montreal; R’ Shmuli Wenger of Montreal; Rashi Bortunk of Miami Beach, FL; Tova Nelkin of Montreal; Chanie Tzfasman of Crown Heights; Rivkah, Simcha, Mendy and Hudi of Montreal.
The funeral will be held today, Monday in New York: Leaving Shomrei Hadas at 11:45, passing by 770 at 12:30.
A minyan is needed in Crown Heights at Mincha and Maariv (Bizmano) at 466 Crown St.
The family will sit Shivah in Montreal starting Tuesday at 5176 Bourret, Montreal QC H3W 1L5. For Nichum Aveilim: 514-737-5446 or [email protected]
Shacharis 6:30, 7:15, 8:00, 8:45, 9:15
Mincha & Maariv (bizmano – 5 minyanim)
Baruch Dayan Haemes.