With a heavy heart, we mourn the untimely passing of one of Chassidut Breslev's greatest scholars of this generation, Rabbi Avraham Nachman Simcha Veitzhandler of saintly and blessed memory (image, left), who died of a sudden heart attack in Jerusalem yesterday. He was 57, the father of twelve, and the head of the "Meshech Hanachal" organization, who did wonders in spreading the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslev. As a youth and promising young scholar, he was the favorite of many Breslever tzaddikim including Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Binder, Rabbi Zeev Cheshin and Rabbi Shmuel Shapira, all of blessed and holy memory.
Rabbi Avraham was a close personal friend and my learning partner for several years when we were neighbors in Ramot Gimel, Jerusalem. He is the one who introduced me to Breslev teachings and thought, some 24 years ago. He had a brilliant Talmudic mind and was a prolific author. His 8-volume "Siach Sarfei Kodesh" is a classic work that all of Breslev holds by.
The loss of Rabbi Avraham Veitzhandler leaves an irreplaceable gap in Breslev as well as in the world of Torah. Words cannot express how we shall all miss him. Breslev Israel, the Beams and I personally send our heartfelt condolences to the Veitzhandler family, and pray that they will be comforted among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, amen!