A large crowd was on hand to accompany Mrs. Chayah Freiman
o"h, who passed away in the US at the age of 103.
Born on 25 Elul 5661 (1901) in Hamburg, Germany to Rav
Avrohom Heksher the grandson of HaRav Efraim Zanvil Heksher,
a dayan in the Altona-Hamburg-Wansbeck kehilloh
during the time of HaRav Yehonoson Eibeshitz and HaRav Yaakov
Emden, zt"l, and the author of Levoyas Chen,
Adnei Paz and Divrei Chachomim Vechidosom, which
are cited in Pischei Teshuvoh and by other
poskim. In this illustrious Torah home where she grew
up she absorbed elevated middos that accompanied her
throughout her lifetime.
In 5688 (1928) she married Rav Yisroel Meir Freiman, a
descendent of the Oruch LaNer. They then moved to
Frankfurt am Main, where they built a home founded on Torah
When the Nazis came to power she spent Kristallnacht in
Korna Platz, Frankfurt's main beis knesses, with her
four children while her husband was in the Buchenwald
Concentration Camp. Afterwards she left for England with her
four children, moving to New York a year later.
In New York her doors were always open to guests and she was
willing to inconvenience herself for their sake. Until her
final years many lonely, forlorn people would gather in her
home on Shabbos to enjoy a true Shabbos table. Throughout her
lifetime she fulfilled Chazal's advice of making the poor
"members of your household."
Always a pillar of faith in all of the trials she had to
undergo, she would accept them with love. Truth was her
guiding light in every matter.
Recently she grew ill and returned her soul to her Maker
after being purified through suffering. The levaya was
held in the US and she was laid to rest at Har Hamenuchos in
She is survived by her sons, HaRav Chaim Freiman, a prominent
talmid chochom in Bnei Brak, HaRav Alexander Freiman of
the US, three daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren
and great-great grandchildren, all of whom perpetuate the
spiritual legacy she handed down to them during her lifetime.