Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Friedman, the Sadigura Rebbe, passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 84. The rabbi was taken by Natan emergency services to Ma’ayanei Hayeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak after he lost consciousness. He had been suffering from pneumonia for several days.
The Rebbe is survived by his only son, Rabbi Tzvi Yisrael Moshe Friedman, Av Beit Din of the Sadigura dynasty in London, as well as his sons-in-law, Rabbi Pinchas Shapira of Tel Aviv and Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil Scharf of the United States.
The Rebbe was born in Vienna, Austria, to the Admor of Sadigura, Rebbe Mordechai Shalom Yosef Friedman, zt’l, and Rebbetzin Mira Reisel Freidman, zt’l. The family moved to Pshemishel, Poland, in 1934. Shortly before the Holocaust, the family made aliyah to the Land of Israel, but after the Holocaust they moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The Rebbe later returned to Israel and established the Ruzhin Yeshiva on Ezra Street in Bnei Brak. Sadigura is one of the branches of the influential Ruzhiner dynasty. The Rebbe married the late Rabbanit Tziporah, daughter of Rabbi Yosef Aryeh Friedman, zt’l. She passed away in 2006.
After his father passed away in 1979, he succeeded him, and in 1989 was chosen as a member of the presidium of Agudat Yisrael’s Torah Sages Council.
The Rebbe was a proponent of the Jewish communities in Gush Katif and vehemently opposed ceding parts of the Land of Israel to the Arabs. He was considered the most nationalist member of the Agudat Yisrael presidium. (Arutz Sheva) v