The Torah community in Jerusalem's Gilo neighborhood was
stunned last week following the announcement that Dr. Moshe
Zeev Gottlieb Hy'd, a man of chesed and Torah,
was among the casualties of last week's bus bombing at Pat
Moshe Zeev Gottlieb was born seventy years ago in the U.S. to
Chaim Shlomo Yosef Halevi. As a child he studied at Torah
Vodaas in Brooklyn. Later he studied under HaRav Chaim
Pinchas Scheinberg, now rosh yeshivas Torah Or, and after the
latter moved to Israel, Dr. Gottlieb sent him money every
month for needy avreichim.
Upon relocating to Israel, he and his family made their home
in Gilo, where Dr. Gottlieb became the right-hand man of Gilo
Rabbi Eliyohu Schlesinger. Setting aside much of his time for
Torah study, Dr. Gottlieb never missed any of the
shiurim held at the central beis knesses,
Chazon Nachum. Every morning at 5:30 Dr. Gottlieb himself
delivered a shiur on Mishnayos, completing the
entire Shas several times. As gabbai he would
open and close the beis knesses gates, morning and
Dr. Gottlieb had great respect for rabbonim and their
talmidim. All his life he strove to enhance the
kedushoh in Gilo, helping to open kollelim and
other botei knesses throughout the neighborhood.
A man of tzedoko and chesed and a chiropractor
by profession, he often provided his services to the needy on
a voluntary basis. Whenever asked by local chareidi families
in need of chiropractic treatment but unable to pay, he would
gladly provide assistance.
Every Tuesday he worked at Tel Chai Hospital in Jerusalem's
Katamon neighborhood, treating patients suffering from
chronic illnesses. Once a week he drove to Bnei Brak where he
treated three handicapped brothers and through his efforts
they showed marked improvement in their development. He
volunteered his time for both of these causes--in addition to
the assistance he provided in Gilo--for thirteen years. Every
day at 5:00 p.m. he was back in the beis knesses in
Gilo for the Daf Yomi shiur.
Last Tuesday after giving his regular mishnayos shiur,
davening Shacharis and eating breakfast, Dr. Gottlieb
was on his way to work at Tel Chai when the terrorist bombing
cut short a life of caring for others, giving money to
tzedokoh and disseminating Torah to the public.
Dr. Moshe Zeev Gottlieb is survived by a son in Jerusalem, a
daughter in the U.S. and grandchildren who are all following
in his footsteps.