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27 Tishrei 5764 - October 23, 2003 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Ruth Devorah Grangewood, o"h
by Betzalel Kahn

On erev Yom Kippur after midday, Mrs. Ruth Devorah Grangewood o"h passed away at the age of 68 following a year of physical suffering, a trial she accepted with love. Although her levaya was held shortly before Yom Kippur while most people were eating their seuda mafsekes, many Bayit Vegan and other Jerusalem residents made a special effort to take part.

Born into the Adler family of Germany her father, R' Avrohom, a doctor, attended to gedolei Yisroel. He was summoned to take care of Rav Yeruchom, the mashgiach of Yeshivas Mir, during his final days. Every Wednesday night he would study with HaRav Dessler, who would travel from Gateshead to London to learn with him.

She lost her father at the age of nine, but her father's devotion to this learning session left a lasting impression on her that transformed into ahavas haTorah. Her ambition was to move to Eretz Yisroel to raise a family for a life of Torah and in 5729 (1969) she moved to Eretz Yisroel with her husband, leaving behind a warm and financially supportive family.

She made every woman feel like a close friend and she would give everything she had--her heart, her time and her energy. Her doors were always open and she would make her home available to others whenever she went away. She would pray three times per day, recite chapters of Tehillim and studied parshas hashovua every week. Around Rosh Hashana of last year she was struck by an illness, but she still attended all of the tefillos in Beis Knesses HaGra. During the break she did not go down to hear Kiddush for fear she might not have the strength the mount the stairs afterwards.

She returned her pure soul to her Maker after performing kaporos. Mrs. Ruth Devorah Grangewood o"h is survived by her husband, her brothers R' Shlomo, R' Eliyohu and R' Meir, her sister Mrs. Levi of London, her sons and sons-in-law, who are marbitzei Torah, as well as her daughters and daughters-in-law.


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