Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rabbi Shlomo Brevda zt"'s MTA yearbook picture

Brooklyn, NY - Baruch Dayan Emes: R' Shlomo Brevda Zt'l

Published on: January 9th, 2013 at 12:46 AM
By: VIN News Staff
Brooklyn, NY - Rabbi Shlomo Leib Brevda, a renowned maggid shiur who traveled the world to deliver divrei Torah for decades, was niftar on Tuesday at age 81 in Brooklyn at Maimonides Medical Center following a prolonged illness.
In his lifetime, Rabbi Brevda delivered thousands of shiurim and was renowned as one of the greatest baalei mussar of our times. He was also the author of numerous seforim which included several volumes on the yomim tovim as well as commentaries on the seforim of the Vilna Gaon. Hundreds of Rabbi Brevda's shiurim on topics ranging from Jewish values, to yomim tovim and parshas hashavua have been recorded for dissemination to the public.
An exceptional talmid even in his youth, Rabbi Brevda caught the attention of numerous gedolim including R' Chatzkel Levenstein, R' Aron Kotler, R' Chaim Schmuelevitz, the Chazon Ish and the Brisker Rov, who founded his now legendary yeshiva at Rabbi Brevda's request.
The levaya was held Tuesday night in Borough Park at Congregation Bnei Yehuda on 16th Avenue and 53rd Street. The aron was then taken to JFK with a second levaya to take place Wednesday night at 7 PM at Yeshiva Torah Ore in Mattersdorf. Kevura will take place on Har Hamenuchos in Chelkas Harabonim.
Rabbi Brevda, the mechutan of of R' Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, is survived by his wife and six children.


  1. P.S. He was a classmate of Rabbi Zevulun Charlop, but unfortunately Rabbi Charlop did not pose for a yearbook picture...

  2. That's Rabbi Bogopulsky'g grandfather on top!

  3. AMz"l used to talk about Nomulus Adverb from back in YU. BDE.

  4. Remembering Harav Shlomo Brevda zt”l on his 6th Yahrtzeit - 26 Chodesh Teves (Jan 3rd ’19)

    Rav Brevda zt”l often mentioned in his inspiring Shiurim that one has to excel in the Midah of Hakoras Hatov, explaining that if a person is lacking in the Middah of Hakoras Hatov towards anyone that has done them a favor helped them etc. and they don’t show enough appreciation by expressing gratitude they are missing the essence of being a Yid.

    The Rav said that we find in Parshas Chayai Sorah that when Avrohom Avinu was negotiating with the Bnei Chase trying to purchase a burial plot the Meoras HaMachpelah for the burial of Sorah Imeinu he basically got the run-around, until they finally honored Avrohon Avinu as a great prince agreeing to hand over the burial plot of Avrohom Avinus choice for the burial of Sorah Imeinu. Right away in the next Posuk it states that Avrohom Avinu bowed down immediately to thank them.

    The Rav asked why couldn’t Avrohon Avinu wait until the entire transaction was completed to thank them? What was his rush to thank them in the middle of his negotiations? The Rav explained that when one receives a gift or a favor from a friend and they thank them on the spot it’s done with 100% of appreciation – HaKoras Hatov but the longer they wait, the lesser of a thank you will be given, and at times if it’s pushed off there won’t be any appreciation shown at all.

    Avrohom Avinu excelled in HaKoras Hatov so he thanked them IMMEDIATELY. Only then did Avrohom Avinu bury Sarah in the Meoras HaMachpelah.

    In line with the above mentioned thought it is worthwhile to note that immediately upon arising in the morning we say Modeh Ani thanking Hashem for giving us back our Neshoma. We say Modeh Ani even before washing Negel Vasser perhaps the reason is because if we were to push off expressing our gratitude to Hashem, with time we can forget to even thank Hashem at all.

    During Rav Brevdas lifetime he was always very careful after saying Modeh Ani in the morning to immediately wash Negel Vasser at his bedside before putting his feet down on the floor (as mentioned in Zohar Chadash 18). The Rav was always very scrupulous not to walk without washing Negel Vasser. Rav Brevda personally prepared his Negel Vasser near his bed before going to sleep at night (keeping it covered overnight) to ensure that he would immediately thank Hashem for returning his Neshoma in the morning and that right away be able to wash Negel Vasser in the proper way before placing his feet on the floor. (It is known that who ever washes Negel Vasser in the morning before placing their feet on the floor has a greater power to win over the Yetzer Hora that day)

    Since Rav Brevda zt”l spent his life giving to the public through his amazing shiurim giving advice and other acts of Chessed, it would be a gesture of appreciation to the Neshoma of the Rav, if people around the globe can light a candle, give Tzedakah, do a Chessed, learn Torah/Mishnayos, and improve in the Middah of Hakaros Hatov, L’ilui Nishmas Reb Shoima Leib Ben Reb Moishe Yitzchok zt”l.

    Thank you Klall Yisroel !!!
    May he be a Malitz Yosher in Shamayim for all of Klall Yisroel...
    and may his Neshama have an Aliya.