Sharing Memories

From Philip Klein

 He taught gemara and dinim to students, many of whom came from non-shomer Shabbos homes. He was my rebbe in yeshiva ketana for 4 years. I was always a good student. I came from an observant home. I developed a nice Kesher to him. He had a sense of humor and I do not remember him ever getting angry. He was for me a great role model of Yahadus and contributed to my frumkeit and warm feelings to chassidus. We were taught Ivrit Be'Ivrit and my learning "skills" - specifically the Loshon of the gemara - are in part related to how he taught. I did continue in Yeshiva for high school and college at Yeshiva University, and thus learned much more beyond 8th grade and continue to learn regularly.

From Jodie Cohen

I remember his peaceful, gentle, love-filled smile and his welcoming spirit.

From Jeffery Aronchick

Rabbi Lerman OBM was a gentle soul. He gave off no pretense - when I would greet him, sometimes running into him on the street in Crown Heights or at the Ohel, even though he was with his family, he stopped and made me feel that I was the only person.

One instance I ran into him in New York, after it had been some time since that I had lived in Atlanta. He was being helped along by a yungerman grandson. I respectfully approached Rabbi Lerman to give my respects. Also since it had been awhile and the setting where he associated me from was different (plus I look different), I refreshed his memory that I knew him from being by his son, Yossi, in Atlanta. In that moment, it was as if a spark in him was lit, and in that moment he let out with ruach that he was proud of Yossi. It was beautiful and wholesome to hear a man, advanced in his years, still evoke a closeness to, and dote on, his grown son with warmth and nachas, as if he had just shared a hug and a kiss with Rabbi Yossi.

A man such as him, deserving of much honor, still voluntarily sat in the back of the shul when he would come to visit in Atlanta. He smiled and encouraged all easily. We were all his family! Meir was like one of his boys. I will always remember him challenging me in a friendly game to name as many associations to Yiddishkite with a number... At the Pesach seder, when he would visit in Atlanta, he didn't sit with the men, he sat with his wife and let guests sit by the head of the table in his place.

Reflecting on Rabbi Lerman brings a smile to my face and warm feelings of calm... Thank you, Rabbi Lerman O"BM, and may your neshama have an aliyah. "

From Robin Joseph

My only memory is of the living legacy that continues to shine his light into the world.

From Aaron Abend

I owe a great sum of gratitude to Rabbi Lerman OBM. Rabbi Lerman was my rebbi for 3 years in elementary school at Yavneh Academy in Paterson N.J. He imbued me with a great warmth for Torah and yiddishkeit. I can still hear the classes as he introduced us to the learning of gemara. In 7th grade Rabbi Lerman brought 4 of his talmidim to Crown Heights to spend Shavuous with the Rebbe. By כוס של ברכה he intoduced us to the Rebbe as his talmidim. In return the Rebbe blessed us each to be a Chasid, Yirei Shamayim and Lamdan. As a direct result of all of his influence I am presently the Rebbe's Shaliach in North Hollywood CA.

From Ilya Bari

One of the most humble and yet inspiring people I've ever met, it is an honor to have met him.

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