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Rebbetzin Nechomoh Gittel Siemiatycki, o"h
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The Torah community all around the world, and especially in London, was saddened to hear of the passing of Rebbetzin Nechomoh Gittel Siemiatycki, o"h, on Shabbos parshas Tetzaveh. The levaya was in Yerushalayim on the night of Shushan Purim.

Rebbetzin Siemiatycki was the daughter of HaRav Moshe Schneider zt"l, the founder and rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Toras Emes in London, and previously rosh yeshiva in Frankfurt and Memel.

She was born in 1917. In 1941 she married R' Zeidel Siemiatycki, one of the leading bochurim of the Mir Yeshiva who had already been famous before the war and wound up stranded in London. They were married only 14 years when her husband passed away.

For almost half a century she raised her family and thousands of talmidos, as well as dozens of families. Throughout her long career, she never took money for teaching.

It was on the way to say a shiur on Monday 8 Adar that she had a brain hemorrhage. She lay in the hospital until passing away on Shabbos morning parshas Tetzaveh at 7:40.

The mourning notices in the streets of Yerushalayim contained a concise, poignant description. Following is a free translation: "We are full of tza'ar at the passing of our mother, ateres mishpachteinu. Botach boh leiv ba'aloh. She stood at his side supporting his great achievements in harbotzas Torah and for Klal Yisroel generally. After his passing she continued, with oz, to raise her children to Torah and te'udoh. Piho poschoh bechochmoh veSoras chessed al leshonoh. Her great love for Torah was a wonder to all who saw her. She infused yiras Shomayim into the hearts of her many students, and under her influence, many homes full of Torah and yiras Shomayim were set up.

"Her home was open literally to everyone [from gedolei olom to the simplest Jew]. She made tremendous and successful efforts to revive and to encourage the heart of every broken and oppressed person. She was mekadeish Shem Shomayim in all her ways."


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