November 19 marked the passing of Rabbi Abraham I. Zigelman, z”l, rabbi emeritus of Temple Beth Abraham of North Bergen (“Too many funerals,” December 5).
Rabbi Zigelman served the congregation as spiritual leader for more than six decades. He celebrated with us in times of joy. He comforted us in times of difficulty. And he provided wise counsel to us as we confronted the challenges that form the chapters of our lives. He did this work unselfishly, all the while living a normal life that too must have faced challenges along the way.
Rabbi Zigelman was a Torah scholar of immense proportion, having received his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, z”l, who was considered by many to be his generation’s leading authority on Jewish law. As a prized student of Rabbi Feinstein’s, Rabbi Zigelman maintained a lifelong connection to Rabbi Feinstein’s yeshiva , Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem, serving on its presidium.
Over the course of his rabbinical career, Rabbi Zigelman gave consolation to legions in times of loss. We must now offer our words of consolation to his dear wife, Beatrice, to his daughters Aviva and Reena, to his grandchildren, and to the entire Zigelman family. May they be comforted in the knowledge that his legacy of service has left a permanent imprint in the community where he did his life’s work. From this legacy we will draw inspiration in the years ahead.
We also remember Rabbi Zigelman’s beloved son, Dr. Lawrence David Zigelman, z”l , a talented physician who followed in his father’s footsteps in his devotion to Jewish communal life.
The sun has now set on a remarkably accomplished life. Rabbi Zigelman will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.