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21 Iyar 5764 - May 12, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Mrs. Sokolover, o"h

Thousands of Jerusalem residents accompanied Mrs. Chayoh Odoh Sokolover o"h, the wife of HaRav Yaakov Reuven Sokolover ylct"a, and the daughter of HaRav Chaim Kober, who was killed in a frightful car accident on the Trans-Israel Highway at the age of 38.

Chayoh Odoh was born in Jerusalem to HaRav Chaim Kober, ylct"a one of the Brisker Rov's leading talmidim. She was also the great-granddaughter of HaRav Yosef Chaim Zonenfeld, zt"l.

She studied at Bnos Yerushalayim and served as a teacher during the first few years of her marriage. She was known for her modesty and her exceptional dedication to her husband's Torah learning and Torah teaching as a ram at Yeshivas Ateres HaTorah. When she saw her work as a teacher was compromising her ability to provide proper chinuch for her children she stopped working in order to stay home and dedicate herself to raising her family.

She was a woman of great chessed who always kept her doors open to guests, regularly inviting her husband's talmidim to their Shabbos table. She derived real joy and satisfaction when involved in mitzvas and always exuded a love of life. She excelled in honesty, uprightness and simple ways.

On Lag B'Omer she went with her husband to pray at Rashbi's gravesite in Meron. Driving back to Jerusalem the next morning with friends, on the Trans-Israel Highway near the Ayal Interchange the driver continued straight despite a sharp curve and, while trying to steer back onto the road, he lost control of the car, which overturned twice, killing Mrs. Sokolover instantly and leaving her husband in serious but stable condition. The other two passengers, Yehuda ben Frida Gitel Alizoh and Dovid ben Shoshonoh Raisel, were hurled out of the car and sustained moderate injuries.

The levaya set out from the Shamgar Funeral Parlor where she was eulogized by her father, HaRav Chaim Kober, her father-in-law, HaRav Mordechai Sokolover, her uncle HaRav Zevulun Shub, her brother HaRav Leib Kober and ybcl"c HaRav Moshe Kopschitz, the rov of the Romema neighborhood and Kehillas Chanichei Hayeshivos, who passed away a short time after delivering the hesped.

Mrs. Chayoh Adoh Sokolover, o"h, is survived by her husband, HaRav Yaakov Reuven ben Perl Peninoh and 12 children ranging from 13 months to 16 years old following their mother's path of Torah and yir'oh.


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