By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Eliyahu Tzion Niasoff, a Torah scholar who helped establish the Bukharian community in New York, passed away on Sunday, 27 Nissan 5773.
He was 74.
Rabbi Niasoff was born in Jerusalem, and moved to New York after his marriage to Sophia (nee Levy) at the direction of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
What was meant to be a short stay in New York turned into many years, at the request of the Rebbe, who insisted on Rabbi Niasoff remaining with his family in Boro Park, Brooklyn, where he became active in community affairs.
Rabbi Niasoff, a diamond cutter by trade, was involved in the establishment of the Bukharian communities in both Brooklyn and Queens, helping many new immigrants as they arrived in New York in the 1970’s.
Rabbi Niasoff brought many from the Bukharian community to the Lubavitcher Rebbe, including, years ago, a young Levi Leviev, who spoke with the Rebbe at a farbrengen for the first time while accompanied by Rabbi Niasoff, also receiving a bottle of Mashke and a blessing for a kollel he was establishing.
Known as a great Torah scholar, Rabbi Niasoff was involved in giving many shiurim in Boro Park, with many different Rabbonim, and also gave advice to many.
“He loved learning,” a relative told COLlive. “Everyone knew him as someone who always wanted to hear another chidush, and another chidush – up until the last moment of his life.”
Rabbi Niasoff was also known for his love of Hashem and his dedication to instilling yiras Shomayim in his children. “You would never hear him say anything negative about anyone,” said his relative. “He taught all to have love for Hashem, and to use every moment wisely, not to waste time.”
He is survived by a large family raised “al taharos hakodesh,” with many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many on Shlichus around the world.
He is survived by his wife, Sophia and children Uriel – Crown Heights, Yoel Menachem Abba – Manchester, UK, Yehoshua – Sydney, Australia, Esther Weber – Boro Park, Yosef Yitzchok – Los Angeles, CA, Yehuda Schneur – Sydney, Australia, Yigal Yisroel – Crown Heights, Moishe Dovid – Los Angeles, Nechama Dina Zarchi – Crown Heights, Shmuel Tzvi – Monsey, NY, and Boruch Avraham – Boro Park.
The levaya will be held today, Sunday, leaving Shomrei Hadas at 2:30 pm and passing by 770 at 3:15 pm.
Shiva will take place at 1371 43rd st., Boro Park, Brooklyn, NY
Shachris: 7:00, 7:30, 8:00
Mincha: 6:30, 6:45, 7:00
Maariv:8:00, 8:10, 8:20
Baruch Dayan Haemes.