By COLlive reporter
Refael Kaushansky, a 17-year-old Chabad bochur, passed away suddenly on Friday morning, 14 Adar I 5774, leaving a shocked family and classmates in mourning.
He was at his parents’ home in Thornhill preparing to head out to the Yeshivas Lubavitch of Toronto, where he is a student of shiur bais, and collapsed.
His parents, R’ Arye Leib and Nechama Leah Kaushansky are members for the past 20 years of the Jewish Russian Community Center of Ontario, led by Rabbi Yoseph Y. Zaltzman.
“Rafi was a very chassidishe, warm yirei shamayim,” Rabbi Zaltzman said. “Every Shabbos at our shul, during Shalos Seudos he would be the one leading the niggunim. He knew them all very well.”
Rabbi Zaltzman noted that the family has recently discovered that their great-great-grandfather, R’ Yaakov Gelubchik, was a chossid of the Frierdiker Rebbe and was arrested in Leningrad (today S. Petersburg) for teaching children Torah.
Refael is survived by his parents and siblings Tevel Kaushansky, Menachem Mendel Kaushansky, Chaya Elka Kaushansky and Chana Kaushansky.
The funeral passed by the Yeshiva Zal where he learned at 11:30 AM on Friday. The Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Akiva Wagner and the bochurim stood outside and said Tehillim.
The levaya will take place Friday at 2:30 PM at the graveside at the Chabad Section of Pardes Shalom Cemetery in Vaughan, Ontario.
The family will be sitting Shiva at their home at 18 Mortimer Court in Thornhill, Ontario. Shachris will be at 8:00 AM and Mincha-Maariv at 5:30 PM.
Baruch dayan haemes.