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10 Shevat 5766 - February 8, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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R' Naftoli Firrer

By A. Cohen

R' Naftoli Firrer z"l, a prominent Belzer chossid in Bnei Brak, passed away at the age of 85 following a brief illness.

Naftoli Firrer was born in the city of Yaroslav, Galicia to R' Chaim Menachem, a talmid chochom yirei Shomayim and a well-respected member of the local kehilloh. He had a solid education in Torah and Chassidus and even traveled to Belz to visit the Admor of Belz.

Upon arriving in Eretz Hakodesh he made his home with his wife, Rochel (nee Pastan), living at Moshav Bnei Re'eim for several years before moving to Bnei Brak. He worked for the Chevra Kadisha for decades at the behest of the Chazon Ish and the Admor of Belz, who spoke of his elevated middos and yiras Shomayim. Many gedolei Yisroel and notable admorim asked that he perform the taharoh ritual for them when the times comes.

He taught at Talmud Torah Belz in Bnei Brak for 30 years. Many of his students recall he was so dedicated to his task that even when he was sick he would summon the class to his home to teach them there.

His life revolved around Torah and Chassidus. He would take his place in the beis medrash at 2:00 am to bring in the day with Torah study. Whenever he had spare time he would rush to learn, not losing a single moment. Ten years ago the Admor of Belz arrived at the Belz beis medrash in Bnei Brak, asking to see how R' Naftoli learns. He asked him for a cup of coffee and then sat down to study Torah and Chassidus with him at length.

He was scrupulous in keeping mitzvos, humble and constantly engaged in acts of chessed, such as caring for elderly and forlorn people who had no relatives or acquaintances.

For the past several years he was very ill and had to endure a prolonged hospital stay. On 4 Shevat his condition suddenly declined dramatically and shortly thereafter he slipped out of This World, returning his soul to his Maker.

The levaya went from his home in Bnei Brak via the Belz beis medrash led by the Admor of Belz and he was laid to rest at the Chelkas Chassidim in the Kiryat Shaul Cemetery in Tel Aviv.

R' Nartoli Firrer z"l is survived by numerous distinguished sons and sons-in-law, including Ezra Lemarpeh founder R' Elimelech Firrer, as well as grandchildren and grandchildren following in the path of their forefathers.


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