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HaRav Dov Kreuzer zt"l

By Betzalel Kahn

Headed by many gedolei Yerushalayim, ziknei Yerushalayim and rabbonim, thousands accompanied the mittoh of HaRav Dov Meir (Berel) Kreuzer zt"l, who passed away following years of suffering he accepted with love.

Berel Kreuzer was born in the Jerusalem of the previous generation on 26 Nisan 5682 (1922) to HaRav Hersh, one of the city's fabulous tzaddikim and his mother Taibel, the daughter of R' Chaim Yaakov Eisenstein.

HaRav Yosef Chaim Zonenfeld zt"l was present at his bris and when the father wanted to name the child after his grandfather, R' Yaakov Zundel, he persuaded him to name the child after another grandfather, R' Dov Meir. After the bris he declared, "Der ber vet nach sheinen vei di zun [Zundel]" ("The bear [dov] will eventually shine like the sun").

His rebbes said he learned 18 hours a day. His parents would implore him to retire, but only later would they find him asleep alongside his gemoro.

His rebbe at Talmud Torah Eitz Chaim, HaRav Avrohom Chaim Akelman, said the deceased learned maseches Yevamos with Tosafos 40 times. HaRav Yisroel Yaakov Fisher said all of his classmates were exceptional masmidim, but Berel stood out most of all.

After he married Bashe Feiga, the daughter of R' Yonah Zeev Zwebner, chairman of the Eidoh Chareidis and Agudas Yisroel of Jerusalem, she made every effort to free him of the concerns of Olom Hazeh and to focus his energy on learning.

When the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir, HaRav Elozor Yehuda Finkel zt"l, came to Jerusalem with a vision of setting up his yeshiva in the city, he searched for ten outstanding Torah scholars in Jerusalem, and HaRav Berel was among them.

He formed a very tight bond with the Gavad of Jerusalem, HaRav Zelig Reuven Bengis.

He served as rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Pressburg for several years, but based on the advice of his childhood friend, HaRav Chaim Brim, who had served until then as rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Skver, he went to serve as rosh yeshiva of the yeshiva gedoloh of the Admor of Skver, where he continued to produce legions of talmidei chachomim for five decades before returning to Eretz Yisroel.

In recent years he grew very weak, but continued to draw Jerusalem yeshiva students to him. Every Shabbos students from Yeshivas Mir and Yeshivas Brisk would dine at his table and he would sweeten the seudah with his divrei Torah.

Even when his sight grew dim he continued to give shiurim at yeshivas and kollelim, quoting the Rishonim word for word.

Before the levaya set out from his home on Rechov Slonim in Jerusalem, bitter hespeidim were delivered by HaRav Yitzchok Tuvio Weiss, Gavad of the Eidoh Chareidis of Jerusalem, the deceased's talmid HaRav Shmuel Eliezer Stern, HaRav Dovid Neushtat of Skver, HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi, one of the roshei yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir, the deceased's son, Rav Yosef, and his sons-in- law, Rav Moshe Gedaliah Wertheimer and Rav Pinchos Mordechai Kurtz.

The deceased is survived by his sons, Rav Osher of the US, Rav Yosef, Rav Yaakov, Rav Binyomin, Rav Reuven, his sons-in- law Rav Moshe Gedaliah Wertheimer, a rom at Yeshivas Rachmastrivka, and Rav Pinchos Mordechai Kurtz, a rom at Yeshivas Tchebin and Yeshivas Erloy, and Rav Chaim Kenig, rosh kollel of Kollel Slonim in Beitar Illit.


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