Avraham ben Avraham

A Ger Tzedek (righteous convert), burned at the stake by the Church in Vilna in 1751.

Born: Vilna, Lita
Died: Vilna, Lita, 1749

In the time of the Gaon of Vilna, there lived a Ger Tzedek by the name of Avraham ben Avraham. The Ger Tzedek was born in Poland to a family of the Polish nobility and he was known as the Count Pototski (a Catholic priest).
He was sent to Rome for his studies and it was here that he arrived at the conclusion that Christianity is utterly false and that that the truth is to be found only in Torah and Judaism. He made up his mind that he would convert.

In those days, conversion to Judaism was punishable by death. Count Pototski fled to Holland where there was freedom of religion. He underwent conversion and was named "Avraham ben Avraham."
Avraham ben Avraham yearned to be in a dynamic atmosphere of Torah learning. Therefore, he soon afterwards left Holland and traveled to Lithuania. He settled in a small village on the outskirts of Vilna where he hoped to be as inconspicuous as possible.

One day, the authorities discovered the identity and whereabouts of Avraham ben Avraham. They arrested and imprisoned him and sentenced him to execution.
The night before the execution was to take place was the night of Shavuot. The Gaon of Vilna came to visit Avraham ben Avraham and found him weeping. "Why do you weep?" asked the Gaon. "Are you afraid to die?"
"No," answered the Ger Tzedek, "on the contrary, I am most joyful that I have the opportunity to publicly sanctify Hashem's Name!"
"I cry because I fear that I will be alone in Gan Eden. I have no father. I have no children. Who will be with me in the World to Come?"
"You are making a mistake," replied the Vilna Gaon. There is a midrash explaining the verse in Yishayah, "So says God...I am the First and I am the Last..,"
I am the First - for I have no father,
I am the Last - for I have no son.
"It is a puzzling midrash," continued the Vilna Gaon. Why should it be necessary for the verse to inform us that God has no father and no son??!
This is a mistake printed in the midrash. The proper wording of the midrash is as follows:
I am the First - to those who have no father,
I am the Last - to those who have no sons.
"You shall not be alone in Gan Eden," declared the Gaon. "HASHEM (God) will be your Companion!!"
Avraham ben Avraham was burned at the stake on the second day of Shavuot. His remains were salvaged by a few Jews who disguised themselves as Poles. They gathered his ashes and buried them in the Jewish Cemetery in Vilna. Every year, following the directive of the Vilna Gaon, the Jews of Vilna would make a special memorial tefilla l'iluy nishmato on the second day of Shavuot.

May the merit of the Ger Tzedek Avraham ben Avraham protect us all, Amen.

Light a virtual Candle
  • Soul Elevations

    • Lany Bercasio bat Sarah
    • Robert Richard ben Avraham
    • Chana bat Rivka
    • Luis Carlos ben Margarita
    • Patrick Gannon ben Burns
    • Joel ben Joel
    • Luz Elena bat Rosa Elena
    • Miriam bat Avraham
    • Myreah Moore bat Sarah
    • Froim Ben Eva ben Efim
    • Salomon ben Benjamin
  • Healing

    • Karen bat Ruth
    • David ben Miriam
    • Verna bat May
    • Moshe ben Torah
    • Dania Nechama bat Miriam
    • Daniel ben Arlene
    • אביתר רפאל בן הילה אשר
    • Stephen ben Harriet
    • Rosa bat Tziporah
    • Reuven Baruch ben Tzipporah
    • Nuriel ben Frumah
    • אדלסו בן סירה
    • Menachem Mendel ben Ilana
    • Ronald ben Hellewell
    • Yonah ben Leah
    • Hadassa bat Tifara
    • Marva bat Sarah
    • Michael ben Gannon
    • Annmarie bat Sharon
    • Vanessa bat Gannon
    • Rebecca bat Sanja
    • Gracia Jackline Ziva Abergel bat Zohara Sharffati israel
    • Natalie bat Elena
    • Jimmy ben You Ding
    • דוד אריק בן מרים
    • Rachel bat Rivka
    • Marianna Mok Ying bat Sarah
  • Success in life

    • Meagan bat Craig
    • Myreah Mia Moore bat Sarah
    • Lana Rahil bat Galina Sarah
    • Slava ben Anatoliy
    • Elior ben Ronit
    • Adam Benyamin ben Avraham
    • Edwardo ben Abraham
    • Noah ben Sorley
    • Mya bat Sorley
    • Patrick ben Jane
    • Lorenzo Ruscello und Oliver Dalichau ben Lorenzo Mario Ruscello ben Lorenzo Mario Ruscello und Oliver Dalichau ben Avraham
    • Emily bat Craig
    • Meir ben Luna
    • Itzel De Freitas ben Cirilo
    • יעל בת אדלסו
    • Sigalit Shoshana bat Adam Benyamin
    • Matthew ben Sorley
    • Daniela bat Abraham
    • Joseph ben Karen
    • שרה איילין בת ברוך אריק
    • Roman ben Iliya Hillel
    • Dalit Levanah bat Lara
    • Elisheba bat William Yady
Light a virtual Candle

Hillulot | Biographies | Prayers | Virtual Candle