Rabbi Saadia Jerufi, 79, AH

Rabbi Saadia Jerufi, a revered educator and shliach in Avital, and a meticulous magia and sofer, passed away suddenly while engaged in checking tefillin.

Rabbi Saadia Jerufi, a revered educator at the Reshet Oholei Yosef Yitzchak schools, a shliach of the Rebbe in Avital, and a meticulous magia and sofer, passed away suddenly while engaged in checking tefillin.

He was 79 years old.

Rabbi Jerufi was born on 14 Kislev 5705 (1945), in Yemen. In 5709, at the age of four, his family made Aliyah to the Holy Land, settling in Rishon LeZion. In his youth, he studied at the Tomchei Tmimim Yeshiva in Kfar Chabad, along with his younger brother Rachamim.

In 5724, he joined a group of yeshiva students trained to become STa”M scribes in a joint project with the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

After marrying his wife, Shulamit, he joined the educational staff of the Oholei Yosef Yitzchak school network in Eretz Yisroel, located in Taanach, simultaneously engaging in the checking and writing of tefillin and mezuzos.

In 5733, he began collaborating with Chabad House in Afula, led by the emissary Rabbi Chaim Shalom Segal and Rabbi David Kratz, promoting mezuzah checking and distribution to the city’s residents. This initiative was highly successful, and they reported their achievements to the Rebbe. Shortly afterward, the Rebbe launched the mezuzah campaign, which became one of the ten mivtzoim.

Known for his pleasant demeanor and radiant face, Rabbi Jerufi significantly influenced many in the surrounding moshavim, encouraging them to enhance their observance of Torah and mitzvos.

He is survived by his wife, Shulamit, and children:

Mendy Jerufi, Rechovot; Rabbi Shmuel Jerufi, shliach in Kiryat Motzkin; Shneur Zalman Jerufi, Rechovot; Yosef Yitzchak Jerufi, Rechovot;  Chaim Jerufi, Crown Heights; Yisrael Jerufi, Rechovot; Shterna Sarah Bussi, Arad; Chana Yitzchak; Nechama Dina Alush, Rechovot; Chaya Mushka Amran, Rechovot.

Boruch Dayan Haemes.

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