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8 Adar II 5763 - March 12, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Rav Moshe Shmuel Rosenbaum, zt"l
by Y. Fromer

Rav Moshe Shmuel Rosenbaum who was a pioneer of the chareidi Kehilla Adass Israel in Melbourne, Australia, passed away last week at the age of ninety. His aron arrived in Yerushalayim on Wednesday and he was buried in Har Hazeisim next to his illustrious wife.

He was a man of sterling character and middos tovos which endeared him to his kehilloh and to the community at large. He was a man who served the public for decades and was involved in all aspects of the kehilla.

He was the first melamed of the chareidi school, gathering children with his wife to teach them Torah and to continue the mesorah from the prewar years and lay the foundation for chareidi chinuch in Melbourne.

He strengthened people's emunah after the Holocaust and would help them in all aspects of life when they arrived as refugees in Australia in the late forties and early fifties.

He was a mohel who performed thousands of brissim on Melbourne children. When parents didn't have the resources to make a seudah he would himself finance the seudah. He would travel or walk anywhere to perform a bris.

He was born in 1912 in Pressburg, and studied in the Nitra Yeshiva. He survived the war and traveled to Melbourne in 1949.

He was very active in raising funds for charity. He raised a lot of money for local and Israeli institutions as well as secretly supporting many needy families. He raised money for the Adass Israel institutions and was a major fundraiser for Kollel Shomrei Hachomos in Jerusalem.

He was also the baal tefillah of the kehilloh and many people still fondly remember his heart- rending tefillos. He also served as a shochet for the Adass Kehilla for many decades.

He was a well-known and respected member of the wider community, including councilors and local police.

He is survived by his two sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren who are all following in the path of Torah and mitzvos.

Yehi Zichro Boruch


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