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13 Kislev 5766 - December 14, 2005 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Mrs. Channah Eliashiyuv, o"h

by A. Cohen

Channah Eliashiyuv o"h, the wife of HaRav Yosef Eliashiyuv and the mother of the Eliashiyuv brothers—among today's leading Torah benefactors—passed away last Sunday morning 10 Kislev.

The deceased was born in 5685 (1925) in Tashkent, Buchara, during a period when the Soviet authorities were trying to extinguish the embers of Yiddishkeit burning in the hearts of Russian Jewry. Through mesirus nefesh she and her husband built a home founded on Torah and mitzvas until her husband was imprisoned. For the next seven years she continued to raise her young children in a religious home despite the many obstacles placed before her.

Thirty years ago, leaving all their property behind, the family moved to Eretz Yisroel, fulfilling their powerful yearning to live Torah lives undisturbed on the soil of Eretz Yisroel. They settled in Bnei Brak, saying, "Ein ani dar elo bemokom Torah."

They began to rebuild their lives here while constantly striving to promote Torah life among fellow immigrants from Buchara and to distance them from the secular language and culture that pervaded the general public.

The Eliashiyuvs started Shaarei Tzion Institutions, now found throughout Eretz Yisroel. Today hundreds of avreichim learn in Shaarei Tzion kollelim and thousands of students are enrolled in Shaarei Tzion institutions in Eretz Yisroel and abroad.

Several weeks ago Mrs. Eliashiyuv fell ill and on Sunday the tzidkonis returned her soul to her Maker. When the levaya set out, waiting outside her home were hundreds of avreichim from Shaarei Tzion kollelim as well as students from the Shaarei Tzion schools and yeshivas she built with her husband and which are run by her sons.

Hespeidim were delivered by HaRav Massud Ben Shimon, HaRav Betzalel Pinchasi, HaRav Menachem Tzvi Berlin, HaRav Yisrael Pinchasi and HaRav Moshe Benedict, who was her husband's chavrusa for decades. They spoke of her efforts to hold a minyan in her home in recent years and how she would pray behind a curtain even when only her own relatives were present, citing this as an example of the modesty that shone through in all of her ways. She worked hard to raise her children for lives of Torah and yiras Shomayim, they noted, and anyone who entered her home would hear her voice her aspirations to increase and glorify Torah.

Led by gedolei Torah, roshei yeshivos and dayonim the levaya proceeded through the streets of Bnei Brak, working its way to Yeshivat Shaarei Tzion on Rechov Ezra, where she was eulogized by the rosh yeshiva, HaRav Yechiel Tawil, HaRav Eliyahu Abba Shaul, HaRav Avrohom Yaakobson, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Shaarei Tzion in Ramle and the rov of Be'er Yaakov, and HaRav Moshe Levy, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Tiferet HaLevy. Citing the verses, "Eishes chayil mi yimtzo," and "komu bonehoh vaye'ashruhoh," they said that her sons' deeds show she was a mother who sat within the confines of her home modestly but had an impact that stretched far and wide, making all of the students at the many Shaarei Tzion institutions as well as the avreichei kollelim her sons, through the zchus of her many tefillos and exceptional tznius.

The procession then continued until it reached the Netzivei Ponovezh Cemetery, where moving words of parting were offered by HaRav Tzfatman, rosh kollel of Kollel Shaarei Tzion in Kiryat Sefer. He said in the World of Truth she is certain to act for all of her offspring to help them continue their great endeavors and see blessings in their labors.


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