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Mr. Mordechai Rosenbaum z"l of Melbourne
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Mr. Mordechai Rosenbaum z"l aged 57, of Melbourne, Australia, passed away tragically on Sunday 30 Tishrei-26 October, on the day of his youngest daughter's chuppah.

R' Mordechai was known for his honesty and care about others. He demanded very little of himself and was always running away from honor. He performed many acts of chesed without the recipient having a clue of their benefactor.

In his youth he had studied in Israel in the Yeshiva Ketana of Ponevezh under HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman and HaRav Michel Lefkowitz. Later he learned in Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov.

On Shabbos the day before his daughter's wedding, he complained of a regular stomach virus. On Sunday morning, a few hours before the chuppah, he was rushed to hospital due to complications. His family, who had arrived at the hospital, were instructed by HaRav Beck the rov of Adas Israel to leave the hospital and prepare for the wedding. Unbeknownst to the family and guests at the time, he passed away while his youngest daughter was standing under the chuppah. The family and guests were only informed of the tragic news after the wedding.

Hundreds of people attended his funeral on Monday and hundreds of dazed and stunned mourners visited the shiva house during the rest of the week to comfort the widow and the six children. Many people from around the world called and sent faxes of sympathy to the mourners.

The sheva brochos continued for the chosson and kalla although many of the family weren't able to attend. On motzei Shabbos the Kallah joined the aveilim for the last day of the Shiva.

The petiroh in such tragic circumstances left the Jewish people in Australia stunned and at a loss for words. The yad Hashem which was performed through middas Hadin was clearly felt by all.

An his'orerus was held in the Adas Israel Shul following the shiva where the rosh kollel HaRav Binyomin Wurtzburger praised the niftar for his patience in dealing with others, his happy demeanor and that he was zoche to raise his children so that all of them are involved in learning and teaching the holy Torah.


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