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








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Rebbetzin Yehudis Tabal o"h
by S. Bruchi

On 28 Sivan, thousands of Bnei Brak residents accompanied the righteous mechaneches Rebbetzin Yehudis Tabal, o"h, on her last earthy journey. She passed away suddenly at the age of 43, leaving behind thirteen orphans.

Rebbetzin Tabal was born in Bnei Brak in 5718 (1958). Her parents are HaRav Tzvi Eisenstein, one of the roshei yeshiva of Tifferes Tzion and his wife, from the Sirota family. In their home, she learned middos tovos and a great love of Torah. Her entire life was one long saga of lofty aspirations merging with the traits of chesed, chen, humility and kindness.

She studied in the HaRav Wolf Beis Yaakov Seminary, where she excelled. When she was nineteen, she married HaRav Yechiel Tabal, one of the finest students of the Brisk yeshiva in Jerusalem. After their marriage, they resided in Jerusalem for two years. However, when HaRav Wolf, zt"l, asked her to join the teaching staff of his seminary, she complied and moved with her family to Bnei Brak. She held that position until her final day, instilling her students with Torah and yiras Shomayim. She was beloved by all of the teachers and students.

She assumed the financial burden of her household, enabling her husband to dedicate himself to Torah dissemination as the rosh yeshiva of Shaarei Tzion in Bnei Brak. She also devoted herself to the chinuch of her children in an exemplary manner, ingraining them with emunah and bitachon.

Stirring hespedim were delivered at the levaya by HaRav Boruch Dov Povarski, who said that the nifteres was a living mussar sefer. Her father, HaRav Tzvi Eisenstein said that she was a perfect person, without any spiritual blemishes.

HaRav Zeev Wolf, the current principal of the seminary where she had taught for so many years, said that we have no parameters by which to assess her, because she was greater than all of us.

Her husband said that the 24 years they were married were in the realm of the 24 sifrei kodesh.

She is survived by her parents, brothers and sisters, as well as by her husband and thirteen children, only two of whom are married, and one grandchild. Her thousands of students and friends bemoan the great loss.


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