By COLlive reporter
Rabbi Yekusiel Green, a Lubavitcher chossid whose vast knowledge and good pen helped explain deep concepts of Torah and Chassidus to large crowds, passed away on Thursday, 2 Adar I, 5782.
He was 78 and had complications due to Covid-19.
Rabbi Green was born in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan to his parents Dovid and Sarah Green. His father wasn’t a chossid, yet his mother was the daughter of the chossid R’ Chaim Moshe Alperovitz.
They enrolled him in the Talmud Torah in Kfar Chabad and he then learned in the Yeshivat Hadarom in Rechovot and later at Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Chabad in Lod.
In 5724, he sailed by ship to the United States to study at the Central Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch – 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, where he basked in the glory and teachings of the Rebbe.
He then married Rochel Levin, daughter of the chossid R’ Binyomin Levin, a baal menagen and one of the founders of the village of Kfar Chabad. The couple settled there at the instruction of the Rebbe.
After spending a year in Kollel, Rabbi Green began a long teaching career which began at the Yeshiva in Lod, and continued in Kfar Chabad’s vocational school (Beit Sefer L’melacha) and the Beis Rivkah Seminary for girls.
He was active in organizing the “Chabad evenings” held in Israeli kibbutzim where Chassidim would share chassidus and perform soulful and joyous Chassidic melodies with secular Israelis.
Rabbi Green was most known for being a prolific writer of over 30 seforim illuminating concepts such as Ahavas Yisroel, Chinuch, correction of behavior, Tefillin, the Hagadah Shel Pesach, and Maamarim of Chabad Rebbes such as Bosi L’Gani and Veata Tetzave.
Over time he compiled summaries of the material which he taught and he sent them to the Rebbe and received his blessing. In 5752, he began publishing summaries of the Tanya, and over the years he published many books on the teachings of Chassidus, specifically Chabad Chassidus.
His most known series was Maskil L’eisan, 14 volumes which explained the Alter Rebbe’s Tanya in clear and fluent language and has become an asset to the understanding of Chassidic concepts for many.
A respected member of the Kfar Chabad community, Rabbi Green received many blessings and much guidance from the Rebbe over the years, as well as regarding his many books and essays. He was a sough-after speaker and a Mashpia.
He is survived by his children, R’ Binyamin Green – Kfar Chabad, Chana Kurant – Kfar Chabad, Mrs. Nechama Liberow – Crown Heights and Mrs. Leah Friedman – Kfar Chabad; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife Mrs. Rochel Green OBM.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.