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5 Shevat 5764 - January 28, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Rebbetzin Elberg, o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

Rebbetzin Chayoh Miriam Elberg, o"h, the widow of HaRav Simchoh Elberg, former chairman of the Rabbinical Association of America, passed away in New York at the age of 80 and was brought to rest in Jerusalem, where her levaya was attended by gedolei Torah, roshei yeshivos and public figures.

Rebbetzin Elberg was born in the city of Charvin, China to HaRav Yehuda Zelig Slutzker, a prominent talmid at Yeshivas Slobodka in Lithuania. In his home she received a superb upbringing and earned a reputation for her intelligence and good middos, for ahavas haTorah and ahavas chesed.

At the end of World War II she went to Shanghai where she married Simchoh Elberg, who had arrived with the other refugees from the illustrious Yeshivas Mir. They then immigrated to the US where she stood by her husband devotedly for decades in his work in harbotzas haTorah and helped distribute his seforim and Torah writings.

After his petiroh ten years ago she memorialized him in renowned Torah halls, particularly Yeshivas Mir, Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon and Yeshivas Chassidei Gur in Kiryat Herzog, where she had botei medrash built le'illui nishmoso. She would travel to Eretz Yisroel every year to organize and participate in an annual pilgrimage to his grave.

Recently she was struck by a trying illness, but she summoned all her strength to keep her mind and thoughts clear until her final days.

When the aron was brought to the airport she was eulogized by her brother-in-law, HaRav Pesachyoh Meir Weinberger, who accompanied the aron, and HaRav Nachum Rothstein, rosh yeshivas Gur in Kiryat Herzog. The levaya then continued to Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem, where hundreds of avreichim and talmidim led by HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel were waiting in the square of Beis Medrash Shalmei Simchoh, whose construction was funded by the Rebbetzin o"h.

Moving hespeidim were delivered by HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi, one of the roshei yeshivos at Yeshivas Mir, HaRav Moshe Mordechai Chodosh, rosh yeshivas Ohr Elchonon, and HaRav Avrohom Yosef Lazerson, one of the heads of Chinuch Atzmai. Before the levaya HaRav Shlomo Greenbaum of the US led the recitation of several chapters of Tehillim and delivered a eulogy. The levaya continued via the Gur beis medrash to Har Hamenuchos in Jerusalem, where she was laid to rest beside her husband.


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