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7 Sivan 5767 - May 24, 2007 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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HaRav Pinchos Saposh zt"l

By Betzalel Kahn

THundreds of students and acquaintances from Telzstone took part in the levaya for HaRav Pinchos Saposh zt"l, who passed away at the age of 51.

Pinchos Saposh was born in 5715 (1955) to HaRav Chaim Leib Saposh. He studied at Yeshivas Itri in Jerusalem, married and began learning at the kollel run by Yeshivas Yad Aharon, where he became a talmid muvhok of HaRav Yehoshua Eichenstein. HaRav Pinchos would toil hard for long hours, writing down detailed summaries of every sugya which filled several thick notebooks. He would also take notes during every shiur and shmuess, even those given by younger men of lesser knowledge in Torah.

For the past decade he made a profound impression on his colleagues at Kollel Nachalei Daas in Telzstone, where he was known for his hasmodoh and truth-seeking.

He was a marbitz Torah for years at Yeshivas Keser Dovid in Telzstone. Even after being diagnosed with cancer one year ago he continued his regular learning and teaching schedule, not foregoing his kollel sedorim, chavrusas or shiurim at the yeshiva until his last breath.

He astonished all with his demand to go to his regular learning session with HaRav Moshe Shapira shlita straight from the hospital after his kidney was removed. When he no longer had the strength to write he asked for a laptop computer, which he used to write 50 pages of chiddushim with the last of his strength.

Despite his severe suffering during his final weeks he insisted on coming in to Kollel Nachalei Daas to learn. On one occasion he had to ask for help taking a book off the shelf, but managed to learn for three hours straight with a look of great pleasure shining on his face.

HaRav Pinchos drifted in and out of consciousness for three days before passing away on Shabbos Behar-Bechukosai.

He was eulogized by HaRav Aryeh Schulman, the moro de'asra of Telzstone, HaRav Moshe Shapira, HaRav Yehoshua Eichenstein rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Yad Aharon, HaRav Shmaryohu Meltzer, HaRav Aryeh Zilberstein rosh kollel of Kollel Telzstone, HaRav Mordechai Goldstein, the moro de'asra of the Mishkenos Yaakov neighborhood in Beit Shemesh, and his friend HaRav Shaul Dov Pellman. His brother and his son Moshe Yehuda, a yeshiva student who cared for his father with tremendous mesirus nefesh for months, offered words of parting.

HaRav Pinchos Saposh zt"l is survived by his wife, his daughter and son-in-law and another seven children carrying on his great legacy.


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