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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Rav Yosef Toledano ZT"L

Arutz Sheva:

Rabbi Yoseph Toledano, who led the Ateret Baruch congregation of Bnei Brak for many years, passed away, Thursday afternoon, at the age of 99. His funeral was scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m.

Toledano was the son of kabbalistic Rabbi Raphael Baruch Toledano and the uncle of recently-deceased Rabbi Nissim Toledano. He was known for his righteousness and teaching. One student called on the public to study Mishnayot and recite psalms on behalf of the rabbi's soul.

Rav Toledano was the son of Rav Refael Baruch Toledano ZT"L, the author of the Kitzur Shulhan Aruch Hashalem and the composer of the famous song Ashorer Shira.

Kikar notes that at the funeral of his nephew Rav Nissim Toledano 30 days ago, Rav Nissim was eulogized by his uncle Rav Yosef Toledano. While in tears, he remarked, "The Angel of Death made a mistake. They were supposed to take me and by mistake, they took Ribbi Nissim."

Update: Matzav adds:
Rav Toledano was renowned for his comprehensive shiurim and the inspiration he imparted to the masses. One of his popular shiurim was on the pirush of the Ohr Hachaim, on whose yahrtzeit he was niftar.


At Thu Jul 05, 02:06:00 PM 2012, Blogger Leah said...

Baruch Dayan Haemet. May his memory be as a blessing. Interesting and auspicious that he died on the yartzheit of the author of the pirush of the Ohr Hachaim.

At Thu Jul 05, 06:12:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baruch Dayan Haemet! However, Yaak, is it possible for the Angel of Death to make a mistake? What does the Jewish Tradition holds about this? I never heard anything like this. Does this mean that a person can die due to a Heavenly "error"? Can you please elaborate...

At Thu Jul 05, 11:43:00 PM 2012, Blogger yaak said...

I'm guessing that in this case, Rav Yosef Toledano said the statement in grief for his nephew as many elders would do for younger people who die before them and did not mean it literally.

If you want to interpret his words as if he meant it literally, there is the statement of Haza"l כיון שניתן רשות למשחית שוב אינו מבחין בין צדיק לרשע, which is a difficult concept to understand and I don't think applies in this case anyways.

אלא מחוורתא כדשנין מעיקרא it was not meant literally.

At Tue Aug 07, 11:58:00 PM 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love you pepe


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