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IRF Mourns the Loss of Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski zt"l

February 1, 2021

The International Rabbinic Fellowship together with the whole house of Israel expresses its deep mourning on the passing of Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski in Israel at the age of 90.

R. Twerski was a descendant of the Chernobyl and Bobover Chasidic dynasties, a world class psychiatrist and therapist, Torah scholar and community activist. R. Twerski wrote more than 60 books and was a leading expert in drug treatment and addiction heading up the clinical department of Psychiatry at St. Francis hospital in Pittsburgh for two decades and opening the world renowned Gateway Rehab in Pittsburgh in 1972.

R. Twerski wrote on topics of self-esteem, marital issues, and mental health both for professionals and the general public. In 1996, with his book "The Shame Borne in Silence" he was one of the first Orthodox voices to address domestic abuse and violence in the Orthodox community and its consequences. R. Twerski founded Nefesh, a professional association of Orthodox mental health professionals from across the spectrum of  the community.

May his family be comforted by the Almighty among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem

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