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Rabbanit Esther Bakshi-Doron, o"h

by Betzalel Kahn

Esther Bakshi-Doron o"h, the wife of former Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, passed away at the age of 64 on Rosh Chodesh Iyar.

She was born in Jerusalem in 5700 (1940) to HaRav Shalom Lopes, the rov of Acco for over half a century, in whose home she absorbed ahavas haTorah and yiras Shomayim, and also grew up under the powerful influence of her grandfather, HaRav Yaakov Lopes, who served as rosh yeshiva of a yeshiva for mekubolim in Jerusalem. On her mother's side she traced her descent to the Bardugo family of rabbonim, who were descendants of Rosh Mashbir and Mayim Amukim, both rabbonim who lived in the time of the Or Hachaim.

She was an emblem of regal conduct and refinement, who never allowed loshon hora to be spoken in her presence. Most of her life she rose early for tefillas vosikin, a practice she began in her father's home.

When she traveled abroad to participate in the wedding of one of her offspring she returned ahead of schedule, saying she was unable to tolerate the tumo of Chutz la'Aretz.

Her hand was always outstretched to the poor and her home, with the ten children in her care, was always open to guests. The poor and needy ate in her home every Shabbos and holiday. She ran tzedokoh funds that distributed bridal needs to kallohs. Dozens of requests arrived every day and she would meet their needs with rachamim. On Erev Pesach, she distributed tens of thousands of dollars to the needy. She was unable to refuse any Jew in need of help.

After returning to Eretz Yisroel following the wedding of her last son, she became ill. She recuperated but recently her condition suddenly deteriorated and she was hospitalized at Hadassah Ein Kerem. On Motzei Shabbos she heard Havdoloh, recited Krias Shema Al Hamitoh and Vidui and then, fully conscious until the final moments, returned her soul to her Maker surrounded by family members.

The levaya was attended by a large crowd of rabbonim and talmidei chachomim. Hespeidim were delivered by HaRav Shimon Ba'adani, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Torah Vechaim, Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisroel Meir Lau, her son HaRav Ben Tzion, rosh kollel of Kollel Binyan Av, and her husband.

Mrs. Esther Bakshi-Doron o"h is survived by ten children, sons and daughters married to talmidei chachomim, and grandchildren, all following in her footsteps. She was buried in the Aram Tzova rabbinical section of Har Hamenuchos, beside her father's grave.


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