Hacham Yihya Shneiur


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A Short Tribute

Hacham Yihya Shneiur, son of Mas'oud Shneiur, was born in 1903 in the town of Ksabi, Morocco. As a youth he learned Torah from Hacham Machluf Shavit, who also ordained him as a shochet.

Hacham Yihya Shneiur married Ruchama, and after a while they moved to Boudenib. In Boudnib he studied in hevruta (learning partner) with Rabbi Meir Abuhatzeira, the Baba Meir, in the company of Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira – the Baba Sali. Hacham Yihya Shneiur cultivated the Abuhatzeira family's customs of frugality and devoutness.
He immigrated to Israel in 1961, and in 1962 was appointed Rabbi of Jerusalem's Mussrara neighborhood. Many made pilgrimages to his home to receive his blessing and he was famous for his generosity and charity.

Hacham Yihya Shneiur passed away in 1994 and was buried in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul cemetery. He is the author of Yesh Me'Ayin­, published in three volumes. Volume 1 contains original Torah interpretations and Midrash, Volume 2 is a compilation of sermons on various topics and original commentary of the Book of Psalms, and Volume 3 contains Responsa, sermons on HaZa"L sayings and commentary on the Bible.

 

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