R’ Yoske Wilmovsky, a chossid from Crown Heights who served as the cook for the bochurim in 770 yeshiva for nearly 40 years, and taught Chassidus in a number of shuls in the neighborhood, passed away on Shabbos.
By Anash.org reporter
R’ Yoske Wilmovsky, a chossid from Crown Heights who served as the cook for the bochurim in 770 yeshiva for over 40 years, and taught Chassidus in a number of shuls in the neighborhood, passed away on Shabbos.
He passed away just two days before his 62nd birthday.
Yosef Yitzchok, or Yoske as he was affectionately known, was born in 5719 to R’ Zushe and Faiga Wilmovsky. His father, a prominent Chabad activist in Eretz Yisroel, was known as “Reb Zushe Partisan”, recalling the years he spent during WWII fighting as a partisan against the Nazis.
In his youth, Yoske was taught by the chossid R’ Fole Nachman Kahn in Kfar Chabad. After he turned 17, he traveled to New York to learn near the Rebbe in Crown Heights.
In 5740, R’ Yoske moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a maggid shiur in the newly established Chabad mesivta. In 5742, he moved back to Crown Heights, where he was appointed by the Rashag, brother-in-law of the Rebbe and executive director of Tomchei Tmimim, to be the cook for the Central Yeshiva in 770, a position he served for close to 40 years.
R’ Yoske also served as a gabbai of the Chevra Kadisha of Agudas Chassidei Chabad, and in his role, he took part in the burial of Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka in 5748.
For many years, he would teach Chassidus in a number of shuls in Crown Heights, including a shiur in the famous Hemshech of ‘Ayin Beis’ in Getzel’s Shul, as well as teaching ma’amarim of Shabbos afternoon in other shuls in the neighborhood.
In recent years, R’ Yoske suffered from poor health, but still continued to teach the shiurim, at times with true mesiras nefesh.
The levaya will take place on Sunday, beginning at Shomrei Hadas Chapels in Boro Park at 1:00 pm and passing by 770 at 2:00 pm.