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28 Nissan 5760 - May 3, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Rebbetzin Golda Miriam Broide, o"h

by Betzalel Kahn

Thousands accompanied Rebbetzin Golda Miriam Broide, o"h, widow of the rosh yeshiva of Hevron -- Knesses Yisroel HaRav Simcha Ziskind Broide, on her last earthly journey on Tuesday, the last day of chol hamoed Pesach, only two days after the levaya of her husband. She was 77 years old at the time of her petirah.

Rebbetzin Broide was born in 5683 (1923) in the Lithuanian city of Kovna. Her father HaRav Moshe Finkel, son of the Alter of Slobodke, later served as rosh yeshiva in the Slobodke branch in Hevron, and her mother Zlata was the daughter of the rosh yeshiva of Slobodke, HaRav Moshe Mordechai Epstein. Rebbetzin Golda Miriam was orphaned of her father when she was very young and she was mainly raised by her grandfather HaRav Moshe Mordechai Epstein and his wife Menucha. When only sixteen she also lost her mother.

During her youth she was greatly inspired by her illustrious uncles, HaRav Yechezkel Sarna, the rosh yeshiva of Hevron, who had a special shiur in Pirkei Avos with her; HaRav Eizek Sher, the rosh yeshiva of Slobodke, who arrived in Jerusalem after the Holocaust and taught her Tanach; and HaRav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, the rosh yeshiva of Mir.

Throughout her life, Rebbetzin Broide would recall these illustrious uncles who oversaw her chinuch. Her uncles, in turn, praised her talents and qualities.

In 5701 (1941) she married HaRav Simcha Ziskind Broide and assisted him her entire life as he devoted himself to spreading Torah to the thousands of students in the illustrious Hevron -- Knesses Yisroel Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he taught for more than fifty years. In the introduction to Shom Derech, the Rosh Yeshiva wrote: "A special blessing to my wise and eminent wife, `tsofi'a halichos beiso,' who went to great pains her entire life so that I could pore over my Torah studies with peace of mind and tranquillity."

Rebbetzin Golda Miriam cherished and highly respected the yeshiva students and was remarkable in the manner in which she honored talmidei chachomim. She was careful not to use the bochurim of the yeshiva for mundane tasks, even those who were extremely close. She was blessed with the trait of generosity and greeted everyone warmly, with grace and love.

After hearing the bitter news of the petirah of her husband on erev Shabbos she fell ill and on motzei Shabbos chol hamoed Pesach she suffered a heart attack and was brought to Bikur Cholim Hospital. On Monday evening, chol hamoed Pesach she returned her pure soul to its Maker, surrounded by prominent members of her family.

Her levaya, which set out from the Shamgar funeral center, was attended by a large crowd. Brief words of parting were delivered by her son, HaRav Moshe Broide, a member of the hanholo of the Derech Eison yeshiva in Far Rockaway, New York City. The levaya then left for the cemetery on Har Hazeisim where her grandson, HaRav Avrohom Segal, delivered words of parting. She was buried beside her illustrious husband.

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