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27 Teves 5760 - January 5, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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HaRav Zvi Broide zt"l

by B. Kahn

A large throng, led by roshei yeshiva, rabbonim and dayanim participated in the levayo of HaGoan HaRav Tzvi Broide, an av beis din in Petach Tikvah on the 19th of Teves.

HaRav Broide was one of the veteran dayanim in the country, and a disciple of the gedolei hador.

HaRav Tzvi was born in 5680 (1920) in the famous Chotzer Strauss (Strauss Courtyard) in Jerusalem, and was raised at the knees of the great baalei mussar of his time.

In his parents home, four generations lived: his great grandfather, HaRav Aryeh Leib, the brother of the Alter of Kelm, who took over the Alter's position three years after the Alter's petirah; the grandfather, HaRav Nochum Yitzchok, Reb Tzvi's father, HaRav Avrohom, and the fourth generation -- HaRav Tzvi himself and his brothers and sisters.

Living in Chotzer Strauss, were also the famous rabbonim, HaRav Naftoli Amsterdam, HaRav Itzeleh Blazer, one of our greatest mussar leaders, and disciple of HaRav Yisroel Salanter, and many other great sages of Yerushalayim.

Indeed the entire courtyard was like one yeshiva shel maalah due to the presence of those kedoshei elyon.

As a child, he studied in the Etz Chaim Talmud Torah, and from there continued to Chevron, in order to study under his beloved mentor, Harav Yechezkel Sarna.

In that yeshiva, alongside his illustrious brother, the current rosh yeshiva of Chevron, Harav Simcha Ziskind Broide, whom he always called his mentor and his rav, he excelled in Torah.

Over the years, he became very close with Harav Isser Zalman Meltzer, with whom he studied for six consecutive years. At that time, he also studied with his friend HaRav Dovid Finkel, and HaRav Shneur Kotler. HaRav Isser Zalman held HaRav Tzvi in very high esteem, and conveyed many deep ideas to him. HaRav Tzvi Broide was deeply devoted to the transmission of the teachings and hanhogos of Harav Isser Zalman, and many amazing facts about him were made known by him.

He was one of the transmitters of the mussar approach of Kelm, as it was imparted to him by his great and illustrious forbears. After his marriage, he studied in Heichal HaTalmud and Kollel Slabodka in Bnei Brak, where his wife was known as an outstanding mechaneches.

During that period, he was very close to the Chazon Ish.

After a while, he was invited to serve as a dayan in the rabbinical court in Petach Tikvah, a position he held for scores of years.

His colleague in the beis din, HaRav Shimon Yuzuk zt"l would say that Reb Tzvi's remarkable behavior indicated that he had special siyato d'Shamya, from the aspect of Elokim nitzov b'adas Keil.

For many years, he served alongside HaRav Shlomo Karelitz who said that HaRav Tzvi could be relied on in every matter.

In Tel Aviv, he was the Rav of the Or Hatzafon synagogue.

Throughout his life, he suffered physically, however this did not adversely affect his good and kindly nature, and the geniality he displayed toward all.

He also accepted all of his suffering with love.

At his levaya, which left the Shamgar funeral house, hespedim were delivered by his illustrious brother, the rosh yeshiva of Chevron, HaRav Simcha Ziskind Broide, who due to his sorrow and weakness, had to stop speaking in the middle of the hesped. HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi Rosh Teshivas Ateres Yisroel, HaRav Tzvi's oldest son, Harav Ovadia, a ram in Knesset Chizkiyahu in Kfar Chassidim, his son, Rav Nochum, a ram in Ner Moshe in Yerushalayim and his son, Rav Chizkiya Avrohom, one of the roshei yeshiva of Tifferes Mordechai and a dayan in Bnei Brak.

He is survived by his brother, Rosh Yeshivas Chevron, Harav Simcha Ziskind Broide, by his three sons, and by his daughter and son-in-law Harav Nochum Friedman, as well as by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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