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Rabbi Avroham Yehoshua Lopin (Lopian)

May 31st, 2013 · 12 Comments

Rabbi Avroham Yehoshua Lopin (Lopian)

אברהם יהושע ב"ר אליהו

Rav, Chicago, IL

Date of Death: Thu. August 31, 1967 - Av 25 5727

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Cemetery Details

Directions to Kever: Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago maintains computerized records and will provide a detailed location map upon request. Location: Gate: 210 - Trestiner

Name Listed on Cemetery Database: Name listed on marker: Rabbi Abraham Joshua Lopin

Biographical Notes:

Bio Information:
The Rav’s father was the famed Baal Mussar, Rav Elyah Lopian.

Photo Caption: The Rav’s father, Harav Eliyahu Lopian, d. 1970, Credit: Rabbi Kalman Pinski

Photo Caption: Standard edition of Lev Eliyahu along with accompanying photo. Credit: IFJCAH 

Credit: Jim Craig, Evanston, IL

Credit: Marker of the Rav's grandparents at the Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago, Credit: Moreshes Chachmei America

Tags: Chicago, IL · Illinois · Waldheim Cemetery - Chicago

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 asher // May 31, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    His father was the famed Harav Elya Lopian Z”L.

    If I remember correctly, Rav Elya’s parents emigrated to the USA when he was a kid, and he refused to join them and live in America which was a spiritual wasteland.

    The following excerpt was translated from the preface of Lev Eliyahu. Highly interesting.

    Rav Dovid Mishkofsky, the Menahel of Yeshivas Knesses Chizkiyah, in Kfar Chasidim, had the honor of having Rav Eliyahu Lopian for the Shabbos evening seuda. Rav Mishkofsky requested to hear the following story, which Rav Lopian agreed to tell:
    “When I was a young man, my wife was deathly ill, and the doctors had given up hope. The people were standing around her crying, and I was in the next room pacing with worry. Suddenly the door opened, a Jew walked in and asked me what all the crying was about. When I explained to him that my wife was dying, he inquired what illness she had and what the doctors had to say. I replied that the doctors diagnosed a certain illness, and had given up hope. The stranger than told me that there is no need for worry. “Go to a certain place and cut off the vegetable that is growing there, cook it up, and give it to your wife to drink. With G-D’s help she will get better”. We followed his advice and miraculously with G-d’s help she got better. I’m sure that the “Jew” was Eliyahu Hanavi, who came not in my merit, but in my wife’s merit.”

    When Rav Lopian finished, Rav Mishkofsky told him that he heard there was a continuation to the story. Rav Lopian was unwilling to relate the additional part of the story, so Rav Mishkofsky offered to relate what he heard, in anticipation of a confirmation from Rav Lopian.

    “I heard that some time later you went to the Admor of Ger the “Sfas Emes” to get a Brocho. He refused saying that a young man who merited to see Eliyahu Hanavi doesn’t need a Brocho from me. You told him that if so, (that the Rebbe knows that secret which Rav Lopian had not told anybody) then I especially want the Brocho from the Rebbe.
    Rav Lopian said, “Yes, Yes, the Admorim had this sense of smell.

    Photo of Rav Elya Z”L

    (wondering if anyone knows were about Rav Elya’s Parents lived and buried)

  • 2 Mo Kennedy // Jun 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    i do not think the rov was a son of reb elya enclosed is the article rav elberg wrote on reb elya where he lists all reb elya children and this rov is not named

  • 3 asher // Jun 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    According this wiki link, Rav Elya Z”l had 13 children including Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Lopian (United States).

  • 4 Farshlufen // Jun 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    MO, Asher, it makes sense that his name should not be mentioned in Hamoer as he שחל”ח three years earlier.

  • 5 mo // Oct 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    as a relative i can verify that he is a son of r’ elyah lopian

  • 6 M.kennedy // Oct 16, 2013 at 9:54 am


    how are you related

  • 7 YD Miller // Apr 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Mazel Tov wishes to his engagement in 1937 with Chana the daughter of R’ Ahron Rubnitz of Chicago.

    It appears that Rav Lapin came here while still a Bachur.

  • 8 M.kennedy // Apr 7, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Just heard from a nephew that the family never told his father reb elya that he was niftar but his sister the late Rebbezin Gurwitz from gateshead said that reb elya knew

  • 9 E. Fink // May 10, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    This is my great-grandfather and son of Reb Elya Lopian.

    He had 4 children:

    Rabbi Sheldon Lopin, Paul Lopin, Dr. Louise Fink, and Aronette Garfinkel.

  • 10 asher lowy // May 10, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    E. Finkel… wud u know where Reb Elya’s parents are buried…? (Possible they spelled their name differently?)

  • 11 S.Lopin // Jul 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Rev Elya Lopian’s parents are buried in Waldheim cemetery in Chicago, he same cemetery as Rav Avrohom Yehoshua (Rev Elyas son)

  • 12 Joe Bilett // Sep 7, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Rabbi Paul Lopin, son of Rabbi Avraham Lopin and grandson of Rav Elya Lopian has earned the right to be identified by the honorific and title “Rabbi.”

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