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19 Iyar 5760 - May 24, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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HaRav Arye Tzvi Lipschutz, zt"l

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

An illustrious personage has departed from our midst, a man of great spiritual stature who merited to know the geonim and tzaddikim of the past generation, to imbibe their teachings and be inspired by their light. His life was one long saga of blessed activity on behalf of Torah, stemming from his generosity and nobility of spirit.

Reb Arye Tzvi was born in 5663 (1903) in Tzehelim, one of the communities of the famous Sheva Kehillos of Hungary. Even as a child he was well known for his good heart.

As a youth he studied in Pappa under the author of Vayaged Yaakov and in Ungvar, under HaRav Yosef Elimelech Kahana, then president of Kollel Shomrei Hachomos. In those illustrious yeshivos and glorious communities he absorbed Torah and yir'oh along with the special temimus that characterized those sacred communities.

He lived through the horrors of the Holocaust, and was saved on the 19th of Teves, the yahrtzeit of the Ksav Sofer, one of the founders of the Kollel. He emerged from the Dachau concentration camp staunch in his faith and piety. He then went to the United States, where he engaged in extensive chessed activity.

In America he founded the Kedem Wine Company. However he yearned to make a contribution to the community and so he discontinued his involvement in this enterprise and immersed himself in avodas hakodesh on behalf of the illustrious Vien community in Williamsburg.

Quite soon he was appointed head of Adas Yereim Vien. HaRav Yehonoson Steiff and later HaRav Azriel Yehuda Lebowitz, zt"l and HaRav Osher Anshel Katz were its spiritual leaders.

Reb Arye Tzvi was the life spirit in this community and one of the founders of its large network of educational and chessed institutions, Eshel Avrohom.

His most outstanding achievement was his appointment as chairman of Kollel Shomrei Hachomos in the United States. He immersed himself in every aspect of this extensive empire of chessed with all his heart, taking the plight of the poverty stricken Jews of Eretz Yisroel to heart for more than fifty years.

He played an active role in all of the Kollel's monumental projects, such as the establishment of the talmud Torah in its new building, to which he personally donated a room. He founded Kollel Tiferes Tzvi, which bears his name, and as well as an Award Fund for outstanding avreichim. He founded the Kollel Shomrei Hachomos neighborhoods in Givat Shaul, Sanhedria Hamurchevet and Ramot and was also active in founding the Kollel Shomrei Hachomos old age homes.

He visited Jerusalem often, and felt a deep kinship to eretz Hakodesh. Despite his weakness, he participated in every Kollel Torah event. Even during his final illness he took an active interest in the Kollel.

He was 98 at the time of the petirah: tza"ch (tzadi- ches). "Tzach" means "pure" and "without blemish." A talmid chochom who was complete in his character traits, who combined temimus with intelligence and integrity, Reb Arye Tzvi cherished the Kollel's scholars and regarded them as his beloved sons. They, in turn, regarded him as their compassionate father, the pride of the Kollel.

He is survived by his righteous wife who assisted him in his sacred labor throughout his entire life, as well as by sons and sons-in-law who are both talmidei chachomim and prominent askonim: HaRav Yaakov Fleishman of Sardahal, one of the prominent askonim of the Kollel in New York; HaRav Levi Goldberger of Pressberg, active on behalf of the Kollel in New York; HaRav Avrohom Abba HaKohen Fink of Brooklyn; HaRav Yaakov Eckstein of Brooklyn, a loyal askon for the Kollel; HaRav Yechezkel HaKohen Munk of Cleveland, grandson of HaRav Azriel Munk, the av beis din of Berlin, as well as by grandchildren and great- grandchildren, all of whom are yirei Hashem.

May he be a good interceder on behalf of the Kollel and his entire family and of Klal Yisroel.

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