BDE: Reb Meir Abramowitz, z”l, Exemplar of Hasmodah
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Reb Mayer Abramowitz, z”l, a lifelong masmid atzum, and a lifelong Boro Parker, at the untimely age of 65.
He was born in Boro Park in 1956, as Klal Yisroel was beginning to pick of the shards left behind in the aftermath of the Holocaust. His father, Reb Aaron, was a Novaradoker to his core—and he passed on many of these qualities to his son. Reb Mayer too would make his place in Novaradok, where he davened for all of his life.
As a bachur, he was a legend in the Mirrer yeshiva in Flatbush. His brilliance was only matched by his extreme hasmodoh. He was a chavrusah of the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l, who called him a tzaddik.
He learned in Kollel Yam Hatalmud, in Kensington, where he learned together with Rav Shlomo Cynamon, shlit”a, a rov in Flatbush. Their chavrusashaft would span decades, and Rav Shlomo recalled how despite entering the business world—where he was a successful contractor—he remained firmly rooted in Torah, and ameilus b’Torah.
“He was constantly being mechadeish, and he wrote notebooks upon notebooks of chiddushim. He once drove me to the mountains, with his work materials rattling in the back of the car… but he was firing on all cylinders in Torah for the entire way.”
When he traveled to Eretz Yisroel, he would come prepared with deep, subtle kushyos… difficult concepts that had been bothering him… which he felt only the Talmidei Chachomim of Eretz Yisroel could answer.
He would begin his Seder of learning at 5:00 each morning, even on Pesach morning following the Seder. He would relate to his family with awe how he saw Boro Park families returning home from their Seder in those wee hours.
Reb Meir was a phenomenal ba’al tefillah, a trait he inherited from his father, and would inspire the mispalelim in Novaradok who recall his melodious, heartfelt voice.
He was unwell in recent years, and was niftar on Monday. His levaya was at Shomrei Hadas, where he was mourned by his closest people; those with whom he learned Torah: His “Chaburah'' from the Mir—likewise accomplished Talmidei Chachomim—as well as Roshei Yeshiva of the Mir, and chavrusos from over the years.
The Aron was taken to Eretz Yisroel for Kevurah.
Yehi Zichro Baruch.