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









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HaRav Osher Freund
by Betzalel Kahn

HaRav Osher Freund, zt"l, was summoned to Yeshiva Shel Maaloh just hours after Yom Kippur ended.

Born in Jerusalem's Old City on 25 Elul 5670 (1910) to HaRav Aryeh Mordechai of Chassidei Karlin, he married the daughter of Rav Avrohom Sternberg of Tzfat.

One of Jerusalem's notable men of chesed for decades, he set up the city's main gemilus chassodim fund and was the first to set up the Yad Ezra discount grocery stores and discount simcha halls. He also handed out thousands of anonymous food packages to needy families every Thursday night for decades and set up the Yad Ezra Hachnosas Orchim organization in Meron to help the thousands of Jews who come to R' Shimon Bar Yochai's gravesite to pray.

He also arranged to rent hundreds of apartment units in Jerusalem's Ramot Dalet neighborhood at reduced rates to young couples and people of limited means.

HaRav Osher Freund was known as a great Torah scholar often consulted for guidance and advice, and for always lending an ear to the infirm and disabled. He would receive callers at his home in Jerusalem's Mekor Boruch neighborhood almost 24 hours a day, answering questions and assisting people in crisis situations. He also helped draw numerous baalei teshuvoh to Yiddishkeit.

After his wife passed away 11 years ago he set up a post- natal recovery center in her name, Maon Tzivia, to aid the women of Jerusalem at a reduced cost. Five years ago he lost his son, HaRav Avrohom.

HaRav Freund became sick a few months ago and his condition declined dramatically after Rosh Hashana. Jerusalem's top doctors were summoned to his bedside and soon afterwards he was brought to Bikur Cholim Hospital. Shortly before Yom Kippur he suffered a major heart attack and after Yom Kippur, at 10:00 p.m., he returned his pure soul to Heaven as his family members and friends recited Shema Yisroel at his bedside.

The levaya set out from his home on Rechov Don Yosef Hanossi after 1:00 a.m., proceeding on foot toward Har Hamenuchos.

HaRav Osher Freund, zt"l, is survived by three daughters married to Rav Shmuel Kliers, Rav Moshe Hershtik and Rav Elimelech Wasserman, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren following his legacy of Torah, yir'oh and chesed.


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