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23 Tammuz 5766 - July 19, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Mrs. Brochoh Porush, o"h

by Betzalel Kahn

Gedolei Torah, roshei yeshivos, admorim, rabbonim and public figures led a large funeral for the wife of Rabbi Menachem Porush ylct"a one of the veteran heads of Agudas Yisroel, who returned her soul to her Maker at the age of 87.

The deceased was born in 5679 (1919) in the Old City of Jerusalem to R' Pinchos Eliezer Paksher, a prominent Karlin- Stolin chossid. In her home she was instilled with simple emunoh, ahavas Torah and yiras Shomayim.

In 5698 (1938) she married R' Yehoshua Leib Levy z"l, a prominent citizen of Jerusalem who passed away three years later, leaving her a young widow with two children, whom she continued to raise and educate for decades, living in poverty in her parents' home.

Years later she married Rabbi Menachem Porush, loyally remaining at his side in support of his efforts to promote chareidi causes. For decades she ran her home with feminine wisdom and acumen, undertaking the burden of tending to the children and domestic needs in order to allow her husband to dedicate himself to Agudas Yisroel affairs.

During his extended trips in the US decades ago to raise money for Chinuch Atzmai, HaRav Aharon Kotler zt"l sent a letter to the her suggesting she move to the US for a time, promising to ensure that her children received a proper Torah education since her husband was wholly occupied by public affairs. But she would not hear of leaving Eretz Yisroel and said she hoped, besiyata deShmaya, that she would be able to see to their education on her own.

Mrs. Porush was very sick for the past three years and her family members took care of her devotedly. Recently she had to be hospitalized at Shaarei Tzedek in Jerusalem and passed away at chatzos on Leil Shabbos Parshas Bolok.

She had the merit to raise doros yeshorim, including her son Rav Mendel Levy, her daughter who is married to HaRav Lippa Shechter, and her sons, HaRav Naftoli Tzvi Porush, board chairman of Degel Yerushalayim and MK Rabbi Meir Porush, as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren carrying on the legacy of their forefathers.

Before the levaya set out from the Shamgar Funeral Center, Rabbi Menachem Porush parted from his wife with bitter sobbing, recalling a lifetime of activities, deeds and dedication to Torah and Judaism and her efforts to educate her children. She was then eulogized by HaRav Lippa Shechter and her sons, HaRav Naftoli Tzvi Porush and Rabbi Meir Porush. Mrs. Brochoh Porush o"h was buried in the family chelkoh at Har Hamenuchos Cemetery.


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