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6 Tammuz 5761 - June 27, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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HaRav Yisroel Gross zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An anguished, bereaved throng headed by rabbonim and gedolei haTorah accompanied the bier of HaRav Yisroel Gross, who was niftar suddenly on 26 Sivan. An outstanding example of both Torah and yir'oh, he was 77 at the time of his petirah.

HaRav Yisroel Gross was born on Simchas Torah, 5684 (1924). He was the only son of HaRav Meir Gross, rav of the Hungarian city of Sharkar and author of Imrei Lev on the laws of shaliach tzibbur, a book that Rav Yisroel reprinted in 5726 (1966).

His righteous mother, Sorrel, was a very intelligent, modest and righteous woman, who passed away when she was only 27, the day after her only son was born. After her petirah, HaRav Meir married Soroh, Hy"d, daughter of HaRav Dovid Ezra Hirsch. During her lifetime she was a devoted mother to her stepson. She was killed al kiddush Hashem on 18 Sivan, 5704 (1944).

In 5709 (1949), HaRav Gross reached Eretz Hakodesh, where he merited to build a genuine bayis ne'eman with Rebbetzin Gela, tibodel lechayim tovim ve'arukim, daughter of Reb Yehuda Shoten.

After a difficult period of considerable wandering, they moved to Yesodot. Although Reb Yisroel was very unassuming and modest, it was evident that he was an outstanding person whose main occupation was Torah and whose daily work was secondary. He was a genuine yirei Hashem and a wise person whom many consulted on spiritual as well as day-to- day matters. Torah study was the source of his vitality.

On 26 Sivan, he suddenly felt ill, and within a few moments returned his pure soul to its Maker. The petirah occurred on the yahrtzeit of his closest mentor, HaRav Yehoshua Buchsbaum of Galante.

The levaya left from his home to the beis medrash in Yesodot. Near the beis medrash a stirring hesped was delivered by the moro de'asra, HaRav Klein, as well as by the niftar's oldest son, HaRav Meir. The levaya then proceeded to Jerusalem, where hespedim were delivered by HaRav Don Segal, a close acquaintance and by the niftar's sons, HaRav Sholom, HaRav Yaakov Yosef, and HaRav Aharon. HaRav Weissfish and HaRav Eckstein spoke in the name of the students of Galante. He was accompanied by a large throng to Har Hazeisim.

HaRav Gross is survived by his devoted wife, three sons, and his daughters, who are married to HaRav Nisan Yehuda Cohen of Jerusalem, HaRav Tzvi Weiss of Rechovot, HaRav Shmuel Breslauer of Ashdod, and HaRav Sholom Steamer of Kiryat Sanz, Netanya. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren are all pursuing the paths of Torah.


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