The Erloier Rebbe Yochanan Sofer, a descendant of the Chatam Sofer, passed away at the age of 93. He died at Hadassah Hospital / Jerusalem at 4.30 am this morning.
In about half an hour, the Chassidim will leave for the funeral from the Erloi Yeshiva in Katamon / Jerusalem. The funeral is taking place at Har HaMenuchot.
I have never met the Rebbe but once knew an Erloier family. They always invited me to come to their Synagogue in Katamon but I haven’t made it so far.
The Erloier speak Yiddish but their daughters go to Beit Yaakov and study in Hebrew. Furthermore, the Erloier Chassidim do participate in the Israeli Knesset elections and usually vote for Gimmel (Yahadut HaTorah run by Gur, Belz, Vishnitz and Litvishe).