It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Zvi Aharon Karmel zt”l of Flatbush, Brooklyn. He was 59 years old.
Rav Zvi was a beloved R”M at Yeshivas Novominsk, where he was marbitz Torah for years.
A talmid muvhak of Rav Nachum Partzovitz zt”l at Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim, Rav Zvi was one of the first talmidim at Yeshiva Gedola of Passaic, NJ, under Rav Meir Stern and learned by Rav Berel Soloveitchik zt”l in Yeshivas Brisk in Yerushalayim.
Several years ago, Rav Zvi was struck with a dreaded illness and since then battled valiantly. At one point, he recovered significantly enough to return to teach at Yeshivas Novominsk, where the talmidim welcomed him back at an emotional gathering.
Last night, Rav Zvi attended the wedding of his nephew, Avrohom Yitzchok Karmel, son of his brother, Rav Menashe Karmel, at Ateres Chana Hall in Lakewood. Rav Zvi returned home after the wedding and retired for the night. Unfortunately, he never woke up.
Family and friends have been plunged into mourning, as they remember an exalted talmid chochom and yorei Shomayim, who was meurav im habriyos and always maintained simchas hachaim and unwavering emunah and bitachon. His unremitting kindness and warm demeanor endeared him to people, who basked in his positivity and purity of heart.
The levaya will be held today at Yeshivas Novominsk, located at 1690 60th Street, at the corner of 60th Street and 17th Avenue, in Boro Park, Brooklyn. Kevurah will follow in Lakewood, NJ, at 3:30 p.m.
Rav Zvi is survived by his devoted wife, Mrs. Dvasha Karmel; his siblings, Rav Yosef Karmel, Rav Menashe Karmel, Rav Leibel Karmel, Mrs. Miri Kunstlinger, Mrs,. Rochie Fry and Malia Grunfeld; his children, R’ Aryeh Leib, R’ Menashe, R’ Mendel, R’ Nochum Yehuda, R’ Avrohom Yitzchok, Meir and Dina; and grandchildren, bnei and bnos Torah following in his ways.
Shivah will take place at the Karmel home, located 1161 East 14th Street, between Avenues K and L, in Flatbush.
A baby was born this past Friday to Rav Zvi’s son and daughter-in-law; the bris is slated to be held tomorrow.
Yehi zichro boruch.