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20 Tammuz 5761 - July 11, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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HaRav Alter Pinchos Farber zt"l
by S. Bruchi

HaRav Alter Pinchos Farber, zt"l, was unique in his character traits, his achievements, and his Torah greatness. He single-handedly published the writings of several Torah giants through yegi'oh and omol. The thousands of Bnei Brak residents who accompanied him on his last earthly journey on erev Shabbos parshas Bolok appreciated his greatness, and deeply mourned the loss of this 51 year-old ben aliya who was niftar after much suffering.

HaRav Alter Pinchos Farber, zt"l, son of HaRav Nosson, was born in Antwerp and studied it its Torah institutions. As a young man he came to Eretz Yisroel, where he studied in Brisk and was one of its most prominent students. He pored over his studies with tremendous exertion, becoming an outstanding boki in all aspects of Torah. He was blessed with remarkable talents that he tried to conceal because of his great humility.

He married the daughter of HaRav Shmuel Lieberman and then began to study in the kollel of HaRav Michel Feinstein, where he amassed vast knowledge in Torah, Shulchan Oruch and poskim. His wife, tibodel lichayim tovim ve'arukim, assumed full responsibility for the household so that he could continue his studies.

HaRav Alter Pinchos later transferred to Kollel Chazon Ish, where he was considered one of its finest, most diligent students. He was a genuine ben aliya who studied Torah with every fiber of his soul.

A unique part of his life was his effort to reprint the works of the Levush and the Smag, along with references, keys and his own comments, under the name Kosnos Or. These works were praised by all of the gedolei haTorah, who lauded him for the great efforts he invested in these seforim which were reprinted in a special edition used by many talmidei chachomim. This remarkable Torah work was the result of intensive labor and many years of toil.

He was humble, unassuming, gentle and kind. His simple lifestyle enabled him to acquire all of the kinyonei Torah and to refine his soul until he was totally subservient to Torah.

Three and a half years ago he fell seriously ill, accepting his suffering with love and justifying Shomayim's verdict. Recently, his situation began to deteriorate, and on Friday afternoon, 15 Tammuz, his pure soul returned to its Maker.

The levaya, setting out from his home, was attended by a large throng, among them HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, as well as by gedolei haTorah, roshei yeshiva, and hundreds of avreichim of the Kollel Chazon Ish. Hespedim were delivered by HaRav Boruch Rosenberg, HaRav Sariel Rosenberg, HaRav Moshe Hersh, and HaRav Yitzchok Kolodetsky, all of whom spoke about his deep dedication to Torah, his remarkable shekidoh, his sterling character traits, and his sincere aspiration to dwell in beis Hashem his entire life.

He is survived by his wife and by fifteen children, only three of whom are married.


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