The Skulener Rebbe ZT”L
The Skulener Rebbe, one of the last surviving remnants of the
generation of tzaddikim who were moser nefesh for Yiddishkeit in
Europe, was niftar at the age of 96, plunging his tens of thousands
of chassidim and admirers around the world into mourning.
The levayah took place at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning, April 2, at
the main Skulener beis medrash in Boro Park. The paroches was
removed from the aron kodesh. Police and Shomrim prepared for
one of Boro Park’s largest levayos.
The Rebbe was born in Romania to his holy father, Rav Eliezer
Zusia Portugal zt”l. Together, the father and son were imprisoned
by Romanian authorities during the Communist era for teaching
Torah and helping Jewish children. The Rebbe adopted hundreds of
children and helped ferry them out of the country to freedom. Many
of them adopted the Rebbe’s family name as their own.
The Rebbe and his father were fi nally freed at the intercession of
Sen. Robert “Scoop” Jackson in the 1970s, and made the United
States their new home. The Rebbe took over the admorus at the
passing of his father in 1982, and was known for his heartfelt
tefi llos for other yidden and his ahavas Yisroel.
One of the Rebbe’s proudest achievement was the mosdos Chesed
L’Avarham in Eretz Yisroel, which houses, clothes and feeds
hundreds of children who would otherwise be lost to Yiddishkeit.
Zecher tzaddik livracha.