Rabbi Avraham Brandwein

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Rabbi Avraham Brandwein

Hebrew: רבי אברהם ברנדויין
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Death: February 20, 2013 (67)
Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel
Place of Burial: Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Brandwein and Leah Brandwein
Husband of Tzipora Brandwein
Father of Private; Private; Private; Private; Private and 4 others
Brother of Private; Private; Private; Private; Private and 1 other
Half brother of Moshe Chaim Brandwein and Esther Miriam Hadasah Halberstam

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About Rabbi Avraham Brandwein

Rav Avraham Brandwein, the Admor of Stretten, is a direct descendent of the famous first Admor of Stretten. His family tree includes almost all the great chassidic masters including the Maggid of Mezritsch, Elimelech of Lizhensk and Levy Yitschak of Berditshev. Born in Israel in 1945, Rav Brandwein is the seventh generation in his family to live in Israel. His family originally settled in Tsfat, the city of Kabbalists.

His father, Rav Yehudah Tzvi, z”tzl (of blessed memory), was a famous Admor in Israel and a great scholar of Kabbalah. Rav Yehuda Tzvi was the principal disciple התלמיד המובהק and right hand of the famous Kabbalist, Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag (z’tzl) and was the man who completed the Sulam on Tikunei Zohar, which Rabbi Ashlag זצ"ל did not complete. Rabbi Yehuda Tzvi was known as "Rav Hahistadrut".

Rav Ashlag translated the whole Zohar into Hebrew from the original Aramaic and authored the "Sulam," a commentary on the Zohar which earned him the title "Ba'al HaSulam." He also wrote several books. In addition, Rav Ashlag reedited the "Etz Chayim" which is the definitive Lurianic work on essence and cosmology. To this he added a commentary transposing the somewhat abstract notion of "receptacle" (Kli) into the experientially more accessible term "desire" (Ratzon) in all its many permutations. This work is known as the "Talmud Esser Sphirot."

Rav Avraham Brandwein served in the Israel Defense Forces in artillery and was among the soldiers that crossed the Suez Canal into Egypt during the Yom Kippur war. Since 1985 he has taught Torah and Chassidut throughout Israel. A widely respected scholar, he has edited more than twenty volumes of classical Kabbalistic texts. A soft spoken, gentle man of great inner strength, people turn to him for spiritual guidance and support.

Rav Brandwein was ordained as a Rabbi by G'dolim representing the entire Orthodox community in Israel and also holds an M.A. He has integrated Charedi life with active participation in the life of the modern state. Rav Brandwein has served as a rabbi in the Absorption and Immigration Department of the Jewish Agency providing spiritual assistance to many new immigrants. He is known for his openness to people from all walks of life.

Rav Brandwein is the Rosh Yeshiva of Kol Yehuda Yeshiva, founded by his father Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Brandwein (z"tzl), in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem where he teaches Kabbalah. He is known for the depth and clarity of his teachings and has brought many Jews back to Torah.

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Kol Yehuda Yeshiva

The Kol Yehuda Yeshiva in Old Jerusalem was founded in 5720 (1960) by Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Brandwein (z”tzl), the Admor of Stretten.

Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Brandwein (z’tzl) was a descendent of the Admorim of Stretten. Chassidut Stretten was founded some 200 years ago in the town of Stretten in Galicia. This Chassidut places its emphasis on the love of Israel and was known for its simplicity and earthiness. Rav Brandwein was also a descendant of the original students of the Ba’al Shem Tov and was known as being great in Torah and Chesed.

Here in Israel, he was the principal disciple and right hand of the famous Kabbalist, Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag (z’tzl).

Rav Ashlag translated the whole Zohar into Hebrew from the original Aramaic and authored the "Sulam," the authoritative commentary on the Zohar which earned him the title "Ba'al HaSulam." He also wrote several books. In addition, Rav Ashlag re-edited the "Etz Chayim" which is the definitive Lurianic work on essence and cosmology. To this he added a commentary transposing the somewhat abstract notion of "receptacle" (Kli) into the experientially more accessible term "desire" (Ratzon) in all its many permutations. This work is known as the "Talmud Esser Sphirot."

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צבי ברנדויין (מקובל) His father on the Hebrew wikipedia

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Rabbi Avraham Brandwein's Timeline

1945
April 29, 1945
2013
February 20, 2013
Age 67
Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel