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16 Shevat 5765 - January 26, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Miss Perel Morgenstern, o"h

By Betzalel Kahn

Miss Chanah Perel (Nancy) Morgenstern o"h was brought to the Eretz Chaim Cemetery in Beit Shemesh for burial last week, more than three years after the World Trade Center tragedy in which she lost her life, when the results of DNA testing identified her remains among the victims.

Miss Morgenstern, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chanoch Henich Morgenstern of New York, was 32 and unmarried when the Twin Towers came crashing down.

As a travel agent at a large travel company in New York, Miss Morgenstern traveled extensively, keeping Shabbos, kashrus and all of the other mitzvahs. Everywhere she went she brought kosher food and sanctified Sheim Shomayim through her mesirus nefesh for mitzvos.

Five months before 9/11 she began to work at the administrative offices of Cantor Fitzgerald, a large finance company occupying the 103rd-105th floors of one of the WTC buildings. On the day of the attack she arrived at work as usual and was killed in the horrific terrorist attack when Al Queda terrorists rammed passenger planes into both buildings.

Her father, who runs the computer system at the New York Times, contacted poskim in Eretz Yisroel to ask how to approach the situation and was given directives on how to keep the halochos of mourning.

Family members say they have had much chizuk during the three years since her death and have donated extensively le'ilui nishmosoh. They set up a fund for the needy and sponsored the construction of the heichal and ezras noshim of Beis Knesses Pnei Shmuel in Ramat Beit Shemesh, and a night kollel there. They also donated an ambulance to the local chapter of Hatzoloh.

Recently the deceased's remains became available when they were identified through DNA testing. At the levayoh held last week (i.e. a few days before Shabbas Shira) at Eretz Chaim Cemetery in Beit Shemesh she was eulogized by HaRav Efraim Kirshenbaum, the rov of Kehillas Pnei Shmuel, her two brothers living in the US, and her brother-in-law R' Avrohom Shapira, who lives in Beit Shemesh.

Miss Perel Morgenstern, o"h, is survived by her parents, two brothers and two sisters grieving over their tragic loss.


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