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Rabbi Zushe Wilhelm, 62, OBM

Rabbi Zushe Wilhelm, the long-time Menahel of the Oholei Torah Mesivta in Crown Heights and founder of the Lemaan Yilmedu smicha program, passed away. Full Story

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January 5, 2022 11:00 pm

One of my favorite rosh yeshivas will definitely be missed may his neshama have an aliyah

January 5, 2022 11:00 pm

We need meshiach now

No Words…..
January 5, 2022 11:03 pm

Please send Moshiach this second!!!

Boruch Dayan Haemes!
January 5, 2022 11:08 pm

So hard to accept…
How does a Talmid mourn? Is there halcohos we should know?…

-A Tamlid in Oholei Torah Mesivta, who learned so much from him for 3 full years…

Ad mosai
January 5, 2022 11:08 pm

Dont want to believe

Hashem!!! Such a holy man!
January 5, 2022 11:09 pm

we need Moshiach!!!!

January 5, 2022 11:09 pm

He will definitely be missed, a kind soul.

Levi Huebner
January 5, 2022 11:11 pm

Baruch Dayan Ha Emes

Baruch Dayan haemes
January 5, 2022 11:12 pm

A major loss to the community.
A giant of a man.
We need moshiach now!!

מאוד עצוב
January 5, 2022 11:16 pm

ברוך דיין האמת

Oholei Torah student
January 5, 2022 11:20 pm

Inspiration through my years of oholei torah

AD MOSAI??????
January 5, 2022 11:26 pm

2 siblings within a month ???????? HASHEM HAVE MERCY!!!!!!!!!

Genuinely loved every Talmud
January 5, 2022 11:35 pm

What a huge loss .

January 5, 2022 11:38 pm

Very sad to read this. Rabbi Wilhelm was the Rosh Mesivta during my years there and was always an inspiration. Enjoyed saying hello to him on the street long after finishing Mesivta and sharing a good word. He will be missed! May his Neshama have an Aliya.

Ad Mossai Ad Mossai? Ad Mossai?
January 5, 2022 11:43 pm

Eibershter, how much longer? Haven’t we suffered beyond and beyond? And for what reason? YOU ARE OUR FATHER! Fathers have loads and loads of Rachamim towards their children. We are being taught THESE DAYS over and over again. Non judgemental LOVE! Outward LOVE! No matter what transgression they might be guilty of NO punishment LOVE LOVE LOVE! Not hidden love, unadulterated love and not the “it’s all for the best love.” Why must we face Your Middas Hadin Hashem when you OWN Middas Harachamim just as well?? HASHEM, it’s Your sincere duty, to give all of your sons and daughters… Read more »

January 5, 2022 11:44 pm

Oy bde

A giant!
January 5, 2022 11:50 pm

A real brilliant man with a very warm and generous heart!! He did not stop working and growing!! What an inspiration!!
He will be very much missed!! OT 97-99

January 6, 2022 12:06 am

Special person I spent this past summer with him he gave off that warm and welcoming heart

January 6, 2022 12:08 am

What a zchus to learn from him. Passionate for Torah and very kind.A true Talmud Chacham. I will miss him greatly.
Ad mati??

Menahel with a heart
January 6, 2022 12:39 am

He was a caring Menahel and teacher while we were in Mesivta and for beyond till his last days. A huge loss for the community.
Levi H.

January 6, 2022 1:00 am

He was a really kind man, so much depth and knowledge. What a loss-BDE..

January 6, 2022 1:02 am

A special person with a true passion for Torah. May he be reunited with his family and loved ones with the coming of moshiach right now. Ad mosai!

January 6, 2022 1:06 am

One of the best principles out there,
A real tzaddik!!
An empty hole in the world.
Only simchos!!!

CR Resident
January 6, 2022 1:11 am

What a special person. I would see him every morning in Empire Shteeble and he gave the Friday night shiur sometimes. What a Geshmake shiur. We will all miss him.

An amazing menahel
January 6, 2022 2:23 am

Really kind, open minded, and fabulous menahel. A gift to all the bochurim of Oholei Torah. I will miss him. ברוך דיין האמת

January 6, 2022 2:25 am

Beyond words

Baruch Dayan Emes!
January 6, 2022 3:53 am

So saddened to hear!! Hashem should send strength to the family and extended family.

January 6, 2022 4:18 am

A very special person and a beautiful family! Hashem should comfort and strengthen you, and bring the ultimate nechama of Moshiach now. Nechama Dina (Kalmenson) Hendel

Baruch Dayan Ha'Emes
January 6, 2022 6:05 am

Zushe was a fabulous menahel of Oholei Torah. He genuinely cared about the bochurim and was open to helping the bochurim at their level. When we were bochurim on Troy Ave., we wanted sports so he arranged for the OT gym to be open for us a few nights a week and for the pool to be open. He was someone I greatly admired.

A holy man if ever there was one
January 6, 2022 6:08 am


When a prominent person of a community dies it impacts everyone regardless of whether one has met him or not. He will be sorely missed!! HASHEM, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH PLEASE BRING AN END TO THIS BITTER GALUS & LET US SEE MOSHAICH NOW!!!!!

Yehuda Reichman
January 6, 2022 6:58 am

I’ll miss you Reb Zushe!

What a loss!
January 6, 2022 7:03 am

So sad

January 6, 2022 8:40 am

Rabbi wilhelm treated every one with respect! he didnt care if we were a bachur that wasnt from a great background or a last name. When my father would stop him in shul to ask how his son was doing, he took the time to respond and would treat him with respect !

January 6, 2022 8:58 am

A דוגמא חיה!
An extraordinary person with a true passion for Torah. May he be reunited with his family and loved ones with the coming of MOSHIACH IMMEDIATELY!
!!!עד מתי
YY € Reevy

Dear Mrs. Wilhelm
January 6, 2022 9:10 am

My heart is full of pain for you and your family. Your dedication, devotion, love and care to every student in bais rivkah is a great inspiration and the rebbe promises revealed brochos for working in bais rivkah. We must see revealed good. Mrs. Wilhelm shows tremendous kindness to the students and the parents. Hashem should bring moshiach and comfort the family and bring only revealed good.

To Mrs. Wilhelm and the family
January 6, 2022 9:24 am

Mrs. wilhelm, so devorted , caring kindest dedicated principal in bais rivkah who truly cares about every student and is there to guide parents. Hashem promises tremendous brochos for working in bais rivkah founded by the friedike rebbe, as the rebbe writes in many letters. Mrs. wilhelm is a great inspirationto every one around. My heart is so full of pain for her and and her family, Hashem should comfort and remove the pain and bring moshiach now and the family should only see revealed good.

BDE Nice Yid !!!
January 6, 2022 9:53 am


A childhood friend
January 6, 2022 10:08 am

ברוך דיין האמת.
So terribly sad to hear. I was friends with R’ Zushe since kindergarten. He turned 63 in Elul.

Tierer Zushe
January 6, 2022 11:04 am

There wasn”t a gentler kinder person than Zushe, period. A huge talmid chacham. Vai al hai shufrah dbalah barah.

January 6, 2022 12:03 pm

So sorry for your loss, Esther.
Hashem should give you lots of strength and shower you only with simchas.
Rochi Shemtov Uruguay

Father of Mesivta bochurim
January 6, 2022 12:11 pm

Dear Family שיחיו,
It’s a bitter day, one we hoped would never happen. Rabbi Wilhelm ע”ה meant a lot to me, the CH community and Lubavitch in general.
He truly cared for the Mesivta bochurim, treated them fairly and was accessible to the parents. He greeted people kindly wherever he was.
Even though he had a full schedule he found the time to answer people when in Shul or on the street.
הקיצו ורננו שוכני עפר והוא בתוכם
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

A scholar and a friend.
January 6, 2022 4:57 pm

I was fortunate enough to spend countless Shabbosim at the table of Rabbi Zushe and his family. His words were only exceeded by his deeds. The man was brilliant yet humble. Esther and their children are made of the same fabric. Baruch Dayin Emes.
Abe Schrage

Boruch Dayan HaEmes
January 6, 2022 7:50 pm

Rabbi Wilhelm will be sorely missed! He was a wonderful mechanech and leader for our sons as they learned in Oholei Torah Mesivta. He was tuned in to the bochrim and was very approachable. Our boys loved Rabbi Wilhelm’s shiurim. They would often come home and share what they learned with a special chayus.
Hamokom yenachem eschem bisoch shaar Aveilei Tzion viyerushalayim.
Aaron and Mina Sputz

January 7, 2022 9:37 am

I did not know Rabbi Wilhelm on a personal level but he & wife ate by Mrs. Sperlin one Sukkos where I was a Tishrei guest many times. He was such a mentsch, seemed very kind, always set the tone in the Sukkah with Torah & beautiful singing. It is almost 20 years later, and every Sukkos, I ask my children to sing “Hasukkale, a Kleine” and I am nostalgic of the days when Reb Zushe used to sing it beautifully with his sons and brothers in law. His wife is just as special. Gorgeous family, truly good people! Baruch… Read more »

January 7, 2022 10:27 am

אדם אהוב I will never forget the chabasim I spent by you with your family. Your hospitality and your kindness were no limit
All best wishes to the family to strengthen and prepare themselves to Mashiah that Zuche ע״ה worked for through the Sichos of the Rebbe and certainly will continue

Big Z Schaipro
January 7, 2022 2:10 pm


Hamokom yenachem …
January 9, 2022 1:38 am

A Pilar of the Comunity

January 9, 2022 2:05 pm

ברוך דיין האמת
What a great loss, no words to describe, such a wonderful person with such great Midus, Never loosed his focus on what is the real TACHLIS on this world. A true example.
May Hashem give strength to his wife Esther and to his entire special family!
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
Yoel Moskowitz

אדם יקר חביב על הבריות
January 10, 2022 9:59 pm

הצטערנו צער רב  לשמוע על פטירת הרה”ח ר’ זושא ע”ה מחנך בחסד עליון  , אדם יקר חביב על הבריות  שהלך לעולמו בדמי ימיו.
שנזכה לגילוי משיח  צדקנו בקרוב ממש ולא נדע עוד בשורות כאלה אמן ואמן
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים ולא תוסיפו לדאבה עוד

יעקב וטובי  לידר
סידני אוסטרליא

January 12, 2022 2:01 pm

I met him once and his passion for Torah and life radiated through him. May HaShem be with his family and Esther during this difficult time.