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8 Adar 5759 - Feb. 24, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Rebbetzin Ruchama Hindel Brim, o"h

by Betzalel Kahn

A large throng headed by maranan verabonon, gedolei haTorah accompanied the righteous Rebbetzin Ruchama Hindel Brim, o'h, wife of HaRav Avrohom Chaim Brim, on her last earthly journey. She passed away after a prolonged illness two weeks ago.

Rebbetzin Brim was born 76 years ago in the town of Mattersdorf. Her father, R' Yisroel Toisig, was a dayan, moreh tzedek and ram in the city, and the scion of one of Hungarian Jewry's most illustrious families. Her father's home was saturated with Torah and yirah, and it was there that she acquired her strong spiritual fiber, which remained an integral part of her character throughout her entire life and which she bequeathed to her offspring.

After the Holocaust, from which she was miraculously saved, she merited to go up to Eretz Hakodesh along with her family. There she married R' Avrohom Brim, one of the most brilliant talmidei chachomim of the period. From the time of her marriage, she dedicated herself to her husband's growth in Torah, enabling him to pursue his studies and to spread Torah in many yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel and abroad where he served as a ram.

With her deep love of lomdei Torah, she served as a devoted mother to all the bnei Torah who came to her home in order to learn from her husband.

Rebbetzin Brim was well known for her righteousness, and many sought her blessings and asked her to daven for them. She grieved when her fellow Jews were in pain and rejoiced in their simchas. She always davened for the klal and for individual people. She suffered from poor health and pain her entire life, but praises of Hashem Yisborach were always on her lips. She was a model for others in her ardent and overflowing emunah and bitochon, and many benefited from her wise counsel.

A long line of gedolei haTorah delivered hespedim at the levaya, among them: HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the rosh yeshiva of Mir; HaRav Boruch Rosenberg, the rosh yeshiva of Slobodke; HaRav Sender Freund; HaRav Don Segal; her brothers, HaRav Aharon and HaRav Bunim Toisig; HaRav Aryeh Shechter; HaRav Benzion Guttfarb and her son-in- law, HaRav Mordechai Shlomo Steinmetz.

The final hesped was delivered by her husband, who described her as the personification of the eishes chayil in her indescribable devotion to her parents and her husband. He also stressed her burning emunah and bitochon and her tremendous influence on the many bnei Torah who came to their home.

The levaya proceeded to Har Hamenuchos, where she was buried toward evening.

She is survived by daughters, sons, and sons-in-law, all of whom are gedolei Torah. Her son-in-law, HaRav Moshe, is the son of HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv. Her eldest son, HaRav Mordechai, is one of Yerushalayim's most important talmidei chachomim. Her son-in-law, HaRav Mordechai Shlomo Steinmetz, is the head of the Vishnitzer kollelim, and her son, HaRav Yeshaya Brim is a ram in the Skverer yeshiva in the United States.

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