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16 Tammuz 5762 - June 26, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Dr. Moshe Zeev Gottlieb, Hy'd
by Betzalel Kahn

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 Junction.

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 night.

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.


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