Harav Yaakov Yosef (Yankel) Lepkivker, one of the elder Chassidim of Bnei Brak, Israel passed away this morning, 17 of Tevet, 5775.
He was 86.
Rabbi Lepkivker was known as a devoted and sincere Chossid, who raised a family of chasidim even while living in Communist Russia. After emigrating to Israel, he became a pillar in the Lubavitch community in Bnei Brak.
Rabbi Lepkivker ran the tefillin stand in the central bus station in Tel Aviv, with great success in helping passersby to put on Tefillin.
In his later years, even though he was not well, he wouldn’t give it up until it was physically impossible.
He and his family were zoche to experience many famous miracles from the Rebbe.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sara Lepkivker and his children: Mrs. Leah Raksin– Petach Tikvah; R’ Baruch Lepkivker-Crown Heights; R’ Yitzchok Lepkivker-Petach Tikvah; R’ Menachem Lepkivker– Kfar Chabad; Mrs. Chanie Krieman– Crown Heights; R’ Chaim Lepkivker-Crown Heights, and R’ Shmulik Lepkivker– Tel Aviv, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The levaya will take place today at 12:30 pm at Shderot Ramban 3, Bnei Brak, and at 4 pm from Shamgar to Har Hamenuchot.
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Baruch Dayan HaEmes