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Rav Shmuel Yitzchok Herman, zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

Rav Shmuel Yitzchok Herman zt"l passed away at the age of 74 on the day of his birth.

Rav Herman was born on 4 Av 5690 (1930) to HaRav Nachum Dovid and Chayoh Duba the daughter of R' Avrohom Horowitz, after his parents had left the US to live near Yeshivas Mir together with their brothers-in-law, Rav Moshe Shain and, ylct"a, HaRav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg. The deceased was the grandson of HaRav Yaakov Yosef Herman, the well-known figure immortalized by Rebbetzin Shain in All for the Boss.

When he was three years old his parents left Yeshivas Mir and returned to the US, where his father served as the rov of various kehillos. At the age of 17 he joined Yeshivas Mir when it arrived in the US from Shanghai, and spent three years there under the wing of HaRav Yechezkel Levenstein.

In 5710 (1950) he transferred to Yeshivas Lakewood, headed by Maran HaRav Aharon Kotler, where he spent more than ten years. Among the prominent talmidim at the yeshiva, he received guidance from the Rosh Yeshiva in methods of chinuch and was among the founders of Chaburas Kodshim.

After marrying Chayoh Pearl Leiter, the couple joined the pioneer community living in the town of Lakewood. After the petiroh of his rebbe HaRav Kotler, they moved to New York where he served as a maggid shiur at various yeshivas and girls' schools.

When the family moved to Eretz Yisroel in 5733 (1973), following the advice of the Kehillas Yaakov he started and directed a seminary for girls from abroad. After ten years he went to run a kollel in Migdal Ha'emek under the leadership of HaRav Nachman Bulman, where he brought many Jews closer to Hashem's Torah.

Late in life he moved to Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood, where he spent most of his time learning in shiurim, concealing his gadlus in Torah and horo'oh. Even after his health began to decline he summoned his remaining strength to move to Canada and start a talmud Torah.

Among the eulogizers at the levayah were HaRav Yaakov Eliezer Schwartzman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Lakewood in Eretz Yisroel, HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Slobodka, his friend HaRav Leib Heiman, the rov of Beis Knesses HaGra in Jerusalem's Beit Vegan neighborhood, HaRav Menachem Mendel Fuchs and HaRav Menachem Mendelson.

Rav Shmuel Yitzchok Herman, z'l, is survived by his wife, his sons and his daughter, grandchildren and great- grandchildren, all of them upholding the glorious family tradition by following the path set by the forefathers.


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