This week marks the sheloshim of the petirah of one of our community’s leading rabbis and educators, Rav Aharon Brafman, zt’’l. Rav Brafman’s entire life was dedicated to giving to the youth of our community the best religious education geared to preserving the genuine observance of our religious faith.
His legacy was influenced by his close relationships with three of the most respected rabbis and educators of the previous generation: Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky, Rav Gedaliah Schorr, and Rav Avraham Pam, all of blessed memory. As proof of his scholarship, he was to start his career in chinuch in his mid 20s as a maggid shiur in the mesivta of Torah Vodaath.
He was later destined to impart their teachings to a new generation of youth here on Long Island’s South Shore together with Rav Yechiel Perr, shlita, as the menahel of the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, a position he would serve with distinction for the rest of his life.
Rav Brafman’s anivus and unassuming manner was to prove to be the hallmark of his service to all of our community. His untimely passing will certainly have an impact upon all and his legacy will surely set the pace for all his students and all our community to follow by example for the many years to come.
May his memory serve as a blessing for all in the bond of everlasting life.