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HaRav Moshe Kopschitz, zt"l
By Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Moshe Pinchos HaKohen Kopschitz zt"l was laid to rest by maranan verabonon, roshei yeshivos, rabbonim, dayonim and thousands of his talmidim late Sunday night after passing away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 63.

HaRav Kopschitz was born on 26 Teves 5701 (1941). His father was HaRav Tzvi Kopschitz, the son-in-law of HaRav Shmuel Hillel Shenker, who was the son-in-law of HaRav Yosef Chaim Zonenfeld. At the age of just ten-and-a-half he entered Yeshivas Tiferes Tzvi and in 5715 began to study at Yeshivas Chevron. In 5722 (1962) he married the daughter of HaRav Ben- Tzion Bradpiece of England.

In 5729 he began to deliver shiurim at Yeshivas Kol Torah, and also at Yeshivas Mercaz HaTorah under HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth zt"l. Later he assumed the post of rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Letze'irim Beis HaTalmud and then he went on to became rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Kol Yaakov. Meanwhile, in 5749 (1989) he was also appointed rov of Kehillas Chanichei Hayeshivos and rov of Jerusalem's Romema neighborhood, where he invested many hours of his time into the kehilloh members' spiritual development.

HaRav Kopschitz' profound shiurim gained wide renown, with dozens of talmidim listening to them every day. He continued giving shiurim for many years and was also known for his resounding tefillos. For years he served as the baal tefilloh at Yeshivas Metzuyonim, Yeshivas Torah Ohr and Yeshivas Kol Yaakov.

His beis medrash became a lighthouse of Torah and tefilloh for the entire area and the best yeshiva and kollel members came to learn there, especially during bein hazmanim, when gedolei Torah and roshei yeshivos would arrive to give shiurim.

On Sunday, after hearing about the petiroh of a relative of his, Mrs. Ada Sokolover o"h (in a tragic car accident) and the serious injuries her husband sustained, he spent all day helping the family members. During the levaya he delivered a moving hesped and then he went to her home to speak with the young children and offer encouragement.

Heading back home he suffered heart pains and collapsed. Volunteers from Hatzoloh Jerusalem tried to resuscitate him for half an hour, but his heart failed and he returned his soul to his Maker.

The late-night levaya set out from his home, and passed outside his beis medrash in Romema. His brother- in-law, HaRav Nissim Karelitz delivered an emotionally- charged hesped during which he announced that gedolei Yisroel had decided to name his son, HaRav Naftoli, to succeed him as rov of Kehilas Chanichei Hayeshivos and Romema. Eulogies were also given by HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, HaRav Yitzchok Dzhimitrovsky, HaRav Aviezer Piltz, HaRav Yisroel Gans, HaRav Yosef Vinter and by the niftar's son HaRav Naftoli.

HaRav Moshe Kopschitz zt"l is survived by his brothers HaRav Avrohom, rov of the Neve Tzvi neighborhood and rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Tchebin; HaRav Yisroel Aharon, a ram at yeshivas Torah Ohr; HaRav Yosef Chaim, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Porat Yosef; HaRav Yaakov Ze'ev, a ram at Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon; HaRav Nosson, moro de'asra of the Nachalah Umenuchah neighborhood in Beit Shemesh; his brothers-in-law HaRav Nissim Karelitz, HaRav Refoel Berlin, HaRav Nosson Dovid Friedman, HaRav Avrohom Dov Litmanovitz and lbcl"c HaRav Yudelevitz zt"l, one of Jerusalem's prominent talmidei chachomim.

He is also survived by his wife, his son and successor HaRav Naftoli, a ram at Yeshivas Beis Medrash Elyon, and his sons-in-law Rav Yosef Berman, Rav Dovid Tzitron, Rav Avrohom Yakobovitz, Rav Yechezkel Pertzovitz, Rav Dovid Lefkowitz and Rav Nechemia Ehrentreu.


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