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20 Teves 5763 - December 25, 2002 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Rebbetzin Nechomoh Aidel Finkel, a'h
by Betzalel Kahn

Thousands participated in the funeral of Rebbetzin Nechomoh Aidel Finkel, a'h, the wife of HaRav Moshe Finkel, ylct'a, who left this world at the age of 81 following great suffering.

Born in Jerusalem in 5682 (1922) to Rav Mordechai Dovid Levine, rosh yeshivas Eitz Chaim and author of Darkei Dovid, and Rebbetzin Sheina Gita, granddaughter of HaRav L. Kovner, she received a wealth of elevated spiritual values in the holy home in which she was raised.

She was infused with pure faith and guided by middas ho'emes in all of her pursuits. Her distinguished parents gave her the ahavas Torah that stirred within her throughout her lifetime, accompanied by self-effacement and a willingness to subsist frugally. A woman of exceptional modesty and refinement, she won the trust of gedolei Yisroel, delivering ladies' shiurim on hashkofoh and emunoh in the homes of gedolei hador.

On Rosh Chodesh Elul 5706 (1946) she married the son of Rosh Yeshivas Mir HaRav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, and placed herself at her husband's side in his work to support the hallowed yeshiva for over half a century. While her husband was away from home for extended periods in distant locations to help maintain the yeshiva, she would uphold the education of her children, instilling them with emunoh and superlative middos.

She lived inside the yeshiva throughout her lifetime, helping bochurim and the yeshiva staff and making her home a bais vaad lechachomim day and night.

As the levaya set out from the yeshiva in pouring rain a hesped was delivered by HaRav Shlomo Wolbe, who spoke of the middos of chesed and yiras Shomayim ingrained in her children, adding that upon her arrival in the World of Truth she would receive great reward for a life of shleimus. All who knew her have an obligation to learn from her ways, he said.

HaRav Aryeh Finkel, one of the roshei yeshivos at Mir, said her love of truth and contempt for deceit, combined with righteousness, produced a true tzidkonis. Entrusted by her husband who recognized her boundless dedication to Torah, she merited children who rose to greatness, he said, attributing this success to the influence of her father whom HaRav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel used to praise at great length for his greatness and genius.

HaRav Boruch Povarsky, one of the roshei yeshiva at Yeshivas Ponevezh, opened with the verse, "Vayovo Avrohom lispod leSoroh velivkosoh" (Bereishis 23:2), saying in order to weep over a great woman she must first be eulogized. He then noted the extraordinary virtue of making her home into a bais vaad lechachomim, impelled by a constant desire to give her home over to limud haTorah and harbotzas haTorah.

She was also eulogized by HaRav Shmuel Yaakov Bornstein, rosh yeshivas Chevron in Geulah. Then her eldest son, HaRav Eliyohu Boruch, one of the roshei yeshiva at Yeshivas Mir, tearfully recalled how his mother uncompromisingly carried out both of the tasks mentioned in the gemora, "Noshim, bemai ko zachiyan": Mesirus nefesh for Torah and for their husbands, and raising their children to Torah. Although she lived in a place of greatness, he added, she always led a life of humility. In parting he asked her for forgiveness and that she act as a melitzas yosher for the family and the entire yeshiva.

Her son HaRav Yitzchok Izaak, rosh kollel Zichron Shimon, and her son-in-law Rav Binyomin Povarsky, a ram at Yeshivas Nesivei Hatalmud, also offered words of parting.

Rebbetzin Finkel Nechomoh Aidel Finkel is survived by her husband, sons, daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all following in the path of Torah and yir'oh, as marbitzei Torah and following the path of Yisroel Saba.


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