Rav Nuta Freund zt”l


rav-nuta-freundIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rav Nosson Dov Nuta Freund zt”l, one of the ziknei Yerushalayim. He was niftar this morning at the age of 89.

Rav Freund had been hospitalized on Rosh Hashanah after having trouble breathing. His condition deteriorated over the ensuing days.

Rav Freund was born in Yerushalayim on 4 Elul in 1924. In his youth, he learned at Yeshiva Etz Chaim together with the likes of Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l, Rav Yisroel Yaakov Fischer zt”l and Rav Avrohom Yaakov Zalaznik zt”l. He merited forming a close kesher with Rav Shmelke of Zvhill zt”l and also maintained relationships with gedolim such as Rav Isser Zalman Meltzer zt”l, Rav Aharon of Belz zt”l, the Tchebiner Rov zt”l and the Chazon Ish zt”l.

Rav Rav Freund later assumed the position of rosh yeshiva at his alma mater, Etz Chaim L’Tzeiri, where he taught numerous talmidim, among them the Chernobler Rebbe, the Rachmastrivke Rebbe, Rav Meir Solovetichik and others who went on to become gedolei Torah.

He also served as rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Dushinsky L’Tzeirim, where over a thousand talmidim benefited from his knowledge, wisdom and care.

In addition to his wide-ranging yedios haTorah, Rav Freund was well known as a selfless baal chessed. He opened his door to anyone who had a tzarah or challenge, and he labored to help each one. He served as a comforting, listening ear to so many people. Rav Freund was prominently involved in the Oneg Shabbos V’Yom Tov organization run by R’ Efraim Stern, making himself available for whatever was needed at any time.

His shiurim and shmuessen drew crowds of Yidden who gathered to hear divrei Torah, vertlach and stories that Rav Freund would share from his illustrious rabbeim.

Rav Freund’s levaya is being held today at the main Dushinsky Bais Medrash on Rechov Shmuel Hanovi in Yerushalayim. It is then scheduled to pass the Mishkenos Haroim Baid Medrash on Rechov Meah Shearim, where Rav Freund davened regularly. Kevurah will take place on Har Hamenuchos.

The family will be sitting shivah at Rav Freund’s house, located at 13 Rechov Bais Yisroel in Yerushalayim, until tomorrow.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. He was also close to the Karliner Rebbes and considered himself a chossid of Karlin. It is there where a number of his children belong. R’ Chaim is one of the key figures in Karlin.