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Lawrence, NY - One The Last Talmidim Of Mirrer Yeshiva: Rav Yakov Nayman, Z”L Passes Away At 100

Published on: November 28, 2009 08:58 PM
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Rav Yakov Nayman, Z”L Photo Credit: Five Towns Jewish TimesLawrence, NY - Rav Yakov Nayamn, a rav most recently in Lawrence, New York and prior to that for fifty years in Chicago passed away earlier today, he was 100-years old.

Rav Nayman was one of the last survivors of the European Yeshiva system where he encountered and was close to such Torah luminaries as the Brisker Rov, zl and Rav Elchanan Wasserman, zl.

He escaped the war years by joining up with the Mirrer Yeshiva in Shang Hai where he spent some years as a leading personality of that historically unusual and exiled Yeshiva community.

The levaya will be Sunday and the kevurah will take place in Eretz Yisrael.

For me it is a deep and personal loss as for the last decade and a half I davened in his relatively small shul located in the basement of his home.  I davened there almost every day and always had a chance at the end of the daily shachris to share a few words with Rav Nayman about events taking place around the world as well as in the community.  He always had something scholarly and humorous to say tapping into his wealth of knowledge as a great Torah scholar as well as a pulpit Rabbi for all his years.

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Last year just prior to his 100th birthday the Mir Yeshiva of Jerusalem honored him.  At the event, Rav Nayman delivered a 20-minute address without notes or any hesitation s he recalled his experiences with the Yeshiva and extended blessings and good wished to the hundreds in attendance at the dinner.  His delivery was robust and strong, people marveled at his presentation.

Over the next few days much will be written about the Rav’s impact on people and his great influence on communities.  But those small taken for granted daily things might be missed.  Those things include his address to the shul before the blowing of the shofar this passed Rosh Hashana.  Also memorable as it was troubling was for the first time his inability to speak to the shul before Neila on Yom Kippur.  Hi recurring theme when he would speak over the last few years was “hester panim”, that is G-d’s hiddeness or our inability to see Him present in every facet of our communal and personal lives.

By Succos he was already unfortunately unable to ascend from his upstairs living quarters to the shul one floor below.  We missed his animated dancing with the small children on Simchas Torah that he participated in the year prior at the age of ninety-nine.  He was the life of the shul, a man who came to the 5 Towns to be with his children in his older years.  His presence, however, drew people who considered it a zchus and privilege to daven with him in his shul.

Three years ago when we found out that he was approaching his 97th birthday a few of us approached him to inquire about the possibility of making a seuda or a party to celebrate.  It was after Shachris one morning and he looked at us and held up three fingers and said that we should be patient and wait three more years and that we would have a party at his 100th birthday.

That day came earlier this year without any fanfare.  Though he was in shul daily he began to weaken and would sometimes have to resort to sitting in a wheel chair to go from shul to his home.

Rav Yakov Nayman was one of a kind.  A man of his stature is unusual and just one of his kind is usually present in a generation.  His life though spanned many generations.

There will be an emptiness in shul tomorrow as we come to the realization that an era has come to an end.  We pray that his family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.



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 Nov 28, 2009 at 09:11 PM Anonymous Says:

fyi rav gershon yankelewitz, a rebbe at riets is a musmach of yeshivas mir poland

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 09:19 PM he will be misseÐ Says:

I was at the Mir dinner, I will never forget the fire of Torah I saw

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 09:24 PM Anonymous Says:

A remarkable tzaddik and a terible loss

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 09:25 PM boro parker Says:

He was in the last sukkus mishpacha magazine, and he was the last men to remember r chaim brisker. Yhie zichro boruch

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 09:42 PM Anonymous Says:

Its so tragic to lose these great gadolei torah like rav naymann, ZTL, and then read stories about some of the dreche leadership of the chareidi kehilla in EY or the squabbling brothers and their petty arguments who lead certain chassidus here in NY area and realize that an era is coming to an end. What we call "gadolim" today are sadly not even close to the madregah of midos, lamdus and humility of their predecessors.

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 09:52 PM Anonymous Says:

bd"h what a big loss for klal yisroel

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 09:56 PM Story Says:

There is an interesting story between him and Rav Bukiet OBM ( also from Talmidei Shanghai) the way he saved bochrim there from starvation. Does anyone know it?

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 10:00 PM twersky Says:

as a close family friend, rabbi neiman was a awesome personality, a individual who having come from a chasidic family of neshchizer chasidim was able to merge his torah life and chasdic background into a totaly encompassing rabbinic figure yiyeh zicro baruch

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 10:16 PM Mordechai Ahron M'Radifka Says:

I once came into the shul and saw R' Nayman in the front talking to R' Moshe Chodosh, R'Y of Baronovich. While they were talking R' Elya Baruch Finkel walked into the shul and went to the front to greet them. He told R' Chodosh that R' Nayman learned with R' Elchonon Wasserman hy'd b'chavrusa for three years. R' Nayman interrupted R' Elya Baruch and corrected him that he in fact learned b'chavrusa with R' Elchonon of four and a half years.

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 10:21 PM Anonymous Says:

anyone know levaya info?

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 10:33 PM Levaya Says:

The Levaya is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00PM in his Bais Medrash located at 3 Beechwood Drive in Lawrence, NY.

Boruch Dayan Emmes…

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 11:17 PM Anonymous Says:

lvaya changed to 130 at shor yoshuv

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 11:25 PM annoymous Says:

ii think he was the rav in chicago for many years at the ADAS in Perrson Park

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 Nov 28, 2009 at 11:50 PM Rav Nayman's grandson Says:

The Levaya of my grandfather, HaRav Yaakov Nayman zt'l, will take place at Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv, Sunday@1:30pm. May all of Klal Yisroel be comforted amongst all of the mourners of Zion & Jerusalem. He loved every Jew, welcomed each person B'Saiveh Panim, never turned away any stranger and his Torah will forever be his legacy to all of Klal Yisroel. He was an extraordinary Gadol in Middos & Torah. Huu Haya Miyisharei Kneses Hagdola... he exemplified Torah Avodah & Gmilus Chasadim.

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 09:57 AM Anonymous Says:

Rabbi Nayman was the Rav in Chicago at the Adas Bnei Yisroel for 45 years.When he left for New York it was a very great loss for the entire Chicago Community. I grew up davening in his shul and will never forget how he welcomed my father with his little boys. He always said ,:"Even if you are not well enough to come to shul, make sure you send your boys." He never turned anyone away because their children might disturb the davening. Instead he felt that the chinuch of young children to love to come to shul was of the utmost importance. He arranged for girls to come and entertain the small girls and boys downstairs in the shul, just so they could come up and kiss the torah and grow with a love of torah and yiddishkeit. I was one of those little girls that grew up in his shul.
He was a tremendous torah giant that was looked up to by all who knew him
Y"ZB.

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
annoymous Says:

ii think he was the rav in chicago for many years at the ADAS in Perrson Park

Before that in Albany Park above the Telshe Yeshiva. Our family davened there until we moved North. Baruch Dayan Emet.

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM Chaim S. Says:

Rav Nayman Ztzl was an unbelievable 8th grade Rebbe in Arie Crown Hebrew Day School. He taught and was madrech thousands of talmidim in Chicago, many of whom are today renowned rabbonim, roshei yeshivos and melamdim. He gave us ahavas torah and yiraas shomayim. The ahavas yisroel and ahavo for his talmidim was legendary. Rav Nayman was a rare pedagogue; chaval al d'ovdin v'lo mishtakchin. And he didn't ignore his children who are talmidei chachomim and loved members in their communities; doros yeshorim mevorochim. Yehei zichro boruch.

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 04:16 PM Moshe A. Says:

As a small child I remember when Telz opened in Chicago. Rabbi Nayman gave them the basement of the "Adas" which also had a kitchen. If not for him they could of never started the yeshiva. The Telz bais hamedrash today is what was the Adas before the Adas moved to Peterson Park. A few years later I was zocheh to be a talmid of his in Chicago. He was a very special mechanech. He never lost his temper or yelled at a student. Just his glance and loving look that you did something wrong was enough of a punishment. He taught us a special nigun to the words הצילנו נא מיד אחי מיד עשו He told us that in his hardest and worst moments he would sing this song and he was always with Hashem’s help saved. How incredable, this morning starts the parsha with this posuk. Many a time he would sing us this tune in class.
יהי זכרו ברוך ותהא נפשו צרורה בצרור החיים ולהחיותו בתחית המתים עם כל מתי עמו ישראל ברחמים אמן

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 06:41 PM Anonymous Says:

does anybody know who the maspedim were?

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 07:22 PM Anonymous Says:

to #5, I knew Rav Nayman ah, and his lomdas, not based on my judgement, but of other rabanim and learned bala-batim. But you denegrate him by your potches to other, current rabanim, who you obviously don't like and really don't know. Rav Nayman was charged, indited and convicted of fraud while operating his nursing home business. Does this one mistake in his life take away his not only lomdas, but his good deeds and personal niceness? You say yes, if you hold Rav Nayman by the same standards you hold others. Watch your tongue, or your typing fingers.

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 07:40 PM Boger Says:

rediculous that you cant even acknowlege a simple comment with totally kosher information or why choose to censor it.
sad, really sad, esepcially when it concerns the last of these holy people. you think rav nayman would have endorsed such behavior?

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 08:56 PM A. P Says:

r' yakov learned by the "imrey moshe" who was rosh hayeshiva in the city of brisk . he also learned by the brisker rov with a small chabura of bochurim (who mostly came from the mirer yeshiva). one of the choshuv'e bochurim that learned there at that time was r' ariye pomerantsyk who was the mechaber of the famous seforim "eimek berocho" and "toras zeroyim" - r' yaakov and r' aryeh learned bechavrusa for 7 years. i would like to know more about reb aryeh, who died at a very early age. if r' yaakov per chance shared his memories with anyone about that era and particularly of reb arye, kindly contact me via this email - avrpom@gmail.com

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 09:53 PM story Says:

The Story that i heard with Rabbi Bukiet OBM. was that he would go at night to the Mirer Yishvaha and thru a window in the Kitchen Rabbi Nayman would pass rice and other veg. for the Lubavitcher Bochurim to survive.
i am sure they are Farbrengeng in Gan Eden now for they kept a great Kesher and friendship after the war. yihe zechru baruch

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 Nov 29, 2009 at 09:18 PM Moish Says:

The maspisim were, his son Shlomo, R' Moshe Brown, R' Malkiel Kotler, Munchatcher, son in law Naftuli Hirshfeld and another son in law

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 Nov 30, 2009 at 12:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
A. P Says:

r' yakov learned by the "imrey moshe" who was rosh hayeshiva in the city of brisk . he also learned by the brisker rov with a small chabura of bochurim (who mostly came from the mirer yeshiva). one of the choshuv'e bochurim that learned there at that time was r' ariye pomerantsyk who was the mechaber of the famous seforim "eimek berocho" and "toras zeroyim" - r' yaakov and r' aryeh learned bechavrusa for 7 years. i would like to know more about reb aryeh, who died at a very early age. if r' yaakov per chance shared his memories with anyone about that era and particularly of reb arye, kindly contact me via this email - avrpom@gmail.com

of the last surviving "older talmidim ' whose names come to mind are rabbonim leib barron [horiodoker]gershon yankelewitz[lubtcher]yisroel garber [horodoker] all Shanghai survivors

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 Nov 30, 2009 at 11:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
A. P Says:

r' yakov learned by the "imrey moshe" who was rosh hayeshiva in the city of brisk . he also learned by the brisker rov with a small chabura of bochurim (who mostly came from the mirer yeshiva). one of the choshuv'e bochurim that learned there at that time was r' ariye pomerantsyk who was the mechaber of the famous seforim "eimek berocho" and "toras zeroyim" - r' yaakov and r' aryeh learned bechavrusa for 7 years. i would like to know more about reb aryeh, who died at a very early age. if r' yaakov per chance shared his memories with anyone about that era and particularly of reb arye, kindly contact me via this email - avrpom@gmail.com

THE IMREI MOISHE [ALSO MECHABER OF MILECES YOMTOV ] HAD A YESHIVA ktanoh [hi school age] of the talmidim still alive from that yeshiva is hagaon aron leib shtienman shlita r.y.c. kaplan was also a rosh yeshiva there your best bet of info. would be from the soloveicik family

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 Nov 30, 2009 at 09:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
Anonymous Says:

to #5, I knew Rav Nayman ah, and his lomdas, not based on my judgement, but of other rabanim and learned bala-batim. But you denegrate him by your potches to other, current rabanim, who you obviously don't like and really don't know. Rav Nayman was charged, indited and convicted of fraud while operating his nursing home business. Does this one mistake in his life take away his not only lomdas, but his good deeds and personal niceness? You say yes, if you hold Rav Nayman by the same standards you hold others. Watch your tongue, or your typing fingers.

i feel that rav nayman was a huge godol and you should not talk about him in that manner

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 Dec 02, 2009 at 12:23 PM Anonymous Says:

The Maspidim in America were as follows: (son) Rabbi Shlomo Nayman; Rav Moshe Brown; (son-in-law) Rav Naftali Hirschfeld; (son-in-law) Rabbi J. Simcha Cohen; Munkatscher Rebbe; HaRav Malkiel Kotler.

The Maspidim in Eretz Yisroel were as follows: HaRav Shlomo Nayman (nephew); HaRav Yitzchak Ezrachi; HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel; Rav Naftali Hirschfeld; Reb Chaim Nayman (grandson).

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