Tens of thousands are attending the levaya of HaGaon HaRav Shmaryahu Yosef Nissim Karelitz ZT”L, which is now underway in Bnei Brak. The Gadol was 93 at the time of petira.

HaGaon HaRav Shmaryahu Yosef Nissim Karelitz, ZT”L, was born on 8 Av 5686 in Kosova, Belarus, to HaGaon HaRav Nachum Meir and Batya Karelitz, sister of the Chazon Ish ZT”L.

He moved to Eretz Yisrael with his parents in 5696 and he learned in Yeshivas Tiferes Tzion, with one of his rabbonim being HaGaon Rav Michal Yehuda Lefkowitz ZT”L. He continued his limud in Yeshivas Ponevezh.

He married Leah, daughter of Rav Tzvi Kupshitz of Jerusalem, great granddaughter of HaGaon HaRav Chaim Zonnenfeld ZT”L. in the 1950s, he was a Ram in Yeshivas Vishnitz in Bnei Brak. In 5719, with the petira of his father, he was appointed as Rosh Kollel Chazon Ish and Rav of Beit Knesset Heiligman, one of the first shuls in Bnei Brak. In 5728, he established the Bnei Brak Beis Din Tzedek, which he headed for some 50 years. The niftar was the rav of the Ramat Aharon neighborhood in Bnei Brak.

Today, the active Rosh Kollel Chazon Ish is his son, Rav Shaul. The active rav in the Heiligman Shul is his son Rav Avraham Yeshayahu. Read more at YWN