By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Tzvi Abba Lerman, who as a newlywed was sent by the Rebbe on a chinuch Shlichus and spent his life educating children in Pittsburgh, New Jersey and Crown Heights, passed away.
He was 87.
In fact, it was during their Sheva Brachos celebration that the Rebbe has instructed them to leave for Pittsburgh on Shlichus. When it was pointed out that they were newlyweds, the Rebbe replied that the Sheva Brachos can continue in their new location.
Rabbi Tzvi Abba Lerman recalls the special attention the Rebbe gave him in the early 1950s, in connection to his wedding.
The couple later taught in New Jersey and eventually returned to Crown Heights where he taught at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva boys school, while his wife worked in the administration of Mosdoth Day Care Center.
When his wife once mentioned to the Rebbe that parnasa (livelihood) was tough, the Rebbe reminded her: “Der aibishter hut dir gebenshet mit gutte kinder (the Almighty has blessed you with good children).”
He is survived by his children Mrs. Rivka Kaminker, Mrs. Miriam Gurary, Rabbi Mendel Lerman, R’ Gershon Lerman, all of Crown Heights, Shliach Rabbi Yosef Lerman – Norcross, GA, Mrs. Nechama Dina Futerfas – Crown Heights and Shlucha Chaya Baila Friedman of S. Cruz, CA; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Mrs. Menucha Lerman (nee Feigenson), who was active in the field of education for many years, in 5773.
He is also survived by his siblings Mrs. Eta Cohen – Borough Park, Shalom Leib Lerman – Bnei Brak, Israel, Mrs. Miriam Schapiro – Ashdod, Israel, Menachem Lerman – Crown Heights and Yosef Lerman – Jerusalem, Israel.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.