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HaRav Avrohom Lintzberg zt"l
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Avrohom Yitzchok Lintzberg zt"l, one of the founders and roshei yeshivos of Yeshivas Or Yosef Novardok in France and one of the surviving talmidim of Yeshivas Novardok in Bialystok, was brought to rest in Jerusalem on Monday after returning his pure soul to his Maker on Motzei Shabbos Kodesh parshas Toldos at the age of 84.

HaRav Avrohom Yitzchok Lintzberg was born in 5680 (1920) in the city of Stutchin, Plach Grodno in Poland to R' Yosef Tzvi, one of the city's prominent baalei batim. Before he reached the age of bar mitzvah his parents sent him away to Yeshivas Novardok Beis Yosef in Graiva, headed by HaRav Ben Tzion Bruk.

Several years later he was sent to the central Novardok Beis Yosef Yeshiva in Bialystok, headed by HaRav Avrohom Yoffen, where he was among the leading talmidim and close to the Rosh Yeshiva.

When World War II broke out at the end of 5699 (1939) he went to Vilna with the yeshiva's rabbonim and talmidim to join the other yeshivas seeking a temporary haven in the city, based on the instructions of HaRav Chaim Ozer Grodzensky. At the end of Sivan 5701 (1941) the yeshiva was exiled to Siberia under the leadership of the mashgiach, HaRav Yisroel Moshowitz. During this period HaRav Lintzberg was very close to the Mashgiach and lent a hand in helping the other talmidim, displaying hidden strengths and genuine concern for each and every Jew.

After being repeatedly uprooted and roaming around Russia, at the end of the war he traveled through Poland and Czechoslovakia to Germany to meet with HaRav Gershon Liebman, one of the few survivors among Yeshivas Bialystok's leading figures under the Nazi occupation. Cleaving to him, HaRav Lintzberg joined the administration of Yeshivas Novardok, which later moved to Lyons, and he gave shiurim and talks. Later the yeshiva gedoloh relocated to a Parisian suburb.

He taught Torah and yir'oh to hundreds of talmidim and continued to dedicate his entire life to harbotzas Torah there, remaining at HaRav Liebman's side. He was famous for his devotion and concern for the yeshiva and his many talmidim went on to become marbitzei Torah and mussar in many different places.

Rebbetzin Esther Leah Lintzberg o"h, the daughter of eminent Jerusalemite HaRav Yitzchok Yosef Wolpe, stood at his side faithfully and even went to the United States with him for an extended stay to lay the foundations for fundraising.

Recently HaRav Lintzberg was confined to his bed. His talmidim and others close to him took care of him constantly. After his soul was refined through suffering he returned it to his Maker on motzei Shabbos parshas Toldos in Paris, with his talmidim at his bedside. From the hospital his body was brought to Armentierre, the Parisian suburb that is home to the yeshiva and the avreichim. An immense crowd participated in the levaya that set out from the yeshiva and then continued from Yeshivas Novardok in Jerusalem to the rabbinical section at Har Hamenuchos. HaRav Avrohom Yitzchok Lintzberg is survived by a daughter and grandchildren.


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