We note with sadness the passing of Rabbi Shabtai Teicher, a"h, who left this world within the past hour (the leviya will be at 10:30 PM this evening, Jerusalem time, from Shamgar) at the age of 63.
Rabbi Teicher came from the 60's hippie movement to Jerusalem, entering the Diaspora Yeshiva. There he learned, became a rav, became a student of kabbalah and later a teacher of some of the most esoteric secrets of kabbalah. To those students fortunate enough to find their way to him, he opened the secrets of Eitz Chaim, Zohar, Leshem, among others.
He wrote a brief introduction when he wrote a few articles on our blog in 2006, "I was born in Brooklyn in the first wave of baby boomers. I graduated Hunter College CUNY after an unscheduled stop in Haight-Ashberry in the sixties. I departed from the U.S. in 1970 for the Promised Land. Still searching.
I attended first Ba'al Teshuvah Yeshivah in Jerusalem. I taught for many years and directed the ba'al teshuvah program in Mt. Zion Yeshiva. I learned kabbalah from one of the great masters in Jerusalem, and also learned Jewish philosophy from one of the great masters in Jerusalem as well."
Rabbi Teicher was a descendant of the 5th Rebbe of Chabad, Rebbe Shalom Dovber.
To this world he leaves his wife, 9 children, 10+ grandchildren, many students and unpublished manuscripts on the depths of the Zohar.
May the family be comforted among the mourners of Tziyon and Yerushalayim.
Update: His children are sitting shiva at 12 Ksovski apt. 6 , Kiryat Moshe, Jerusalem (near Machon Meir opposite Gan Ha Sus).
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא