Rabbi Refael Rubin z”l


candle-small5It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rabbi Refael Menachem Meir Rubin z”l, who was niftar Friday night following an illness. He was 36 years old.

Rav Refael served as the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivah of South Jersey, which is attended by bochurim who have returned to the United States after learning in Eretz Yisroel.

Rav Refael was a son of Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe Rubin and a son-in-law of Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Mayer Lasker.

Rab Refael is survived by his wife, Elisheva, and their children, and an extended family and friends grieving following his petirah.

The levaya will be held tomorrow, at 1 p.m. at at the Seventh Street Holocaust Memorial Chapel of Congregation Sons of Israel in Lakewood, NJ.

Yehi zichro boruch.

(Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. As the Telzer Rosh Yeshiva was maspid tonight in cleveland, R’ Refael was an ish kasher. What a chashuve person we have lost! Woe to us… It was such an honor for our city to have such a family stay with us and we cry for the loss we now share with the family we count as one of our own. May he be a meilitz yosher for his choshuve almana and his little kiderlach. And may this purim be a yeshua for all cholei yisroel.

  2. How can we stop weeping? How can we celebrate? May we see the Geula… Oh how I daven that HaShem fulfill our loss and that of klall yisroel . How I wish that all see the fruition of Venahapoch Hu with the coming of Moshiach!!!
    Umoch HaSHem Dimah me’al kol ponim.

  3. Harav Refael was such an amazing person. Even after one short shabbos meal with Harav, was it evident that I was zoche to host a great man. This is such a heart wrenching loss. He will be greatly missed.

  4. Lately Reb Refael Z”L was involved with a lot of funding not only for his Yeshiva, but also for tzurchei harabim. I don’t know if he owes anyone money, but if he does and you can’t be moichel it bpeh, please let his brother Avrumi know about it and he’ll do his best to be mesader it. Please all who’ve ever felt slighted or mistreated by Reb Refael Z’L to say bpeh that your moichel him blev Shalem. Reb Refael was a person who was mekabel all and usually saw the good in others that they themselves didn’t. At this difficult time please do the same for his neshama. May we all share in simchos umacha Hashem Elokim dimah

  5. From Eliezer in Chicago:
    We are with you in this moment of pain, and hope and pray that your tears and all the things that give you tzaar be speedily wiped away from this earth.

  6. As the rest of Klal Yisroel celebrates purim with much joy-we mourn and cry from the loss of our uncle Refael Menachem Meir zt”l. He was such a special person who was so close to Hakadosh Baruchu. He was someone we really looked up to! We felt so honored to have such a Chashuva person like Refael as an uncle. He always had a smile on his face and had so so much simchas hachaim! No matter what the situation was he found the good in it! We also remember how he always had something nice to comment or a humorous joke to say! We were Zoche to spend his last pesach with him and it was one we will never forget! He was already quite sick and yet spent the whole yom tov running to shul with his sons, singing all thru the sedarim, learning and enjoying the heilig time even going on chol hamoed trips with his children all with great mesiras nefesh! May the Ribono Shel Olam give our dear aunt Elisheva and our cousins along with our whole family a Nechama! May his neshamah go right next to the Rebono Shel Olam and may we be Zoche to see him very soon by Mashiach Bemihara Veyamainu, Amein!!

  7. Baruch Dayan Emes. A rare gem. The hashpaah he had on so many people, so many balabatim over the years… May HKBH provide his family with comfort and support during this time the future.

  8. Shiva will be observed at 120 Gudz Rd. Lakewood NJ 08701 beginning Monday night until Shabbos. Reb Refael Z”L learned as a child in Yeshiva Tiferes Elimelech, after 8th grade he moved on to learn in Staten Island Yeshiva from 9th grade through 11th grade, he then proceeded on to Telz Yeshiva in Riverdale for 12th grade and first year bais Medrash, after that he learned in Passaic under Rav Meir Stern Shlita for 2 years that turned into a lifelong Rebbe Talmid relationship. After 2 years in Passaic Reb Refael went to Eretz Yisroel and learned in Novardohk under Rav Moshe Wolpin shlita a lifelong Rebbe talmid relationship for 2 years, from there to BMG for a year and a half until his wedding and then returning to Novardohk in the kollel for 6 1/2 years, then to Elizabeth for 4 years then to Lakewood to start Yeshiva Gedolah of South Jersey for 2 1/2 years. Umacha Hashem


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