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








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HaRav Shimon Porush zt"l
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

On erev Shabbos parshas Shelach one of Yerushalayim's finest, HaRav Shimon Porush, zt"l, was niftar after considerable suffering. He was an outstanding talmid chochom with remarkable middos, a genuine oveid Hashem, beloved Above and beloved below.

His levaya on erev Shabbos was attended by hundreds of Yerushalayim's most prominent residents, including his close childhood friend, HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, as well as by rabbonim, dayanim, avreichim. Scores of the illustrious niftar's students, also took part in the levaya. Despite his tremendous physical suffering, HaRav Porush had continued to pore over his Torah studies without pause and to be a devoted father, a loyal friend and neighbor and dedicated teacher in the ITRI Talmud Torah.

HaRav Shimon Porush was born on 7 Sivan, 5697 (1937). His father was HaRav Shlomo Zalman, son of HaRav Eliyahu Nochum, and his mother was Chaya Rivka, daughter of HaRav Avrohom Aibish Mordechai Halevi Eisen.

His prayers were emotion-filled. He was well known for his many acts of chesed and for sharing the burdens of his fellow. He participated in other's simchas and sorrows: a genuine friend to everyone and someone upon whom everyone could rely.

His remarkable talents and a phenomenal memory were evident from an early age. He studied in Slobodka and then in Ponovezh, where he was close to and much beloved by the gedolei haTorah.

He married the daughter of HaRav Noach Papirna (Sofer) zt"l, and together with his wife built an illustrious Torah home. During the past thirty years, he taught in the ITRI yeshiva, and had a tremendous impact on his many students.

Hespedim were delivered by HaRav Shmuel Auerbach; HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi, one of the roshei yeshiva of the Mir; HaRav Abish Eisen, a prominent rav in the Unsdorf neighborhood; HaRav Zeev Getzel, one of the roshei yeshiva of the ITRI yeshiva; Rabbi Menachem Porush; HaRav Yeshaya Koenig, the niftar's mechuton; and the niftar's son, HaRav Aibush, a prominent avreich in Beit Shemesh. In recent years, HaRav Shimon davened in the Halocho LiMoshe beis medrash on Sorotzkin Street. HaRav Yosef Glick, one of the members of the shul, also delivered a hesped.

He is survived by his wife, who assisted him throughout his entire life, and by a fine family, all of whom are following in his footsteps and are continuing to stringently uphold the Yerushalmi customs. Three of his children are still unmarried.


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