The Torah community mourns the passing of Rabbi Shraga Feivel Cohen Zts’l, a well-known Posek who wrote numerous seforim, notably the influential set known as Badei Hashulchan, which is a type of Mishna Berura on essential topics in Yoreh Deah.
On Sunday morning, Rabbi Cohen experienced respiratory distress and abruptly passed out.
Paramedics revived Rabbi Cohen, but they had to announce his death a short while later.
When Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner Zts’l was the head of Yeshivas Chaim Berlin, Rabbi Cohen served as a Rebbe.
He was regarded as a tremendous intellect who had a profound and extensive understanding of the Torah and a wise outlook on life even when he was young.
He avoided honoring all of Rabbi Cohen’s life and devoted his time to learning and writing.
He was the rabbi of the Kahal Tomchei Torah synagogue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, for many years.
He left that job many years ago after retiring and moving to Lakewood, New Jersey.
His works are filled with innumerable Teshuvos that Hagaon Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who admired Rav Shraga Feivel and kept in touch with him, wrote to him.
The last word for American Jewry, according to Rav Elyashiv, was a psak of Rabbi Cohen.
The children who carry on his legacy and his wife, Rebbetzin Rivka, are Rabbi Cohen’s only survivors.
Rabbi Cohen’s son Rabbi Binyomin Cohen is the author of the Chelkas Binyamin, the Rosh Kollel of the Gur Aryeh Kollel, and the rabbi of the Kehal Talmidei Yeshivos in Flatbush.
Rabbi Cohen’s other son Rabbi Chaim Cohen is in charge of the Baltimore Beis Midrash Mesivta, and Rabbi Cohen’s son-in-law Rav Aharon Kaufman is in charge of the Water.
He will be flown to Eretz Yisrael for burial after the levaya at 2 PM from Beis Midrash Govoha in Lakewood and 5 PM from his Beis Midrash in Flatbush.
According to his last will, there won’t be any hespedim.