The Tosher Rebbe zt”l


tosher-rebbeIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of the Tosher Rebbe, Rav Meshulam Feish Segal-Loewy zt”l, at the age of 95.

The Chassidic community of Tosh is located in Kiryas Tosh, Quebec, Canada, outside of Boisbriand, a suburb of Montreal.

The Rebbe, one of the oldest admorim in the world, led his kehillah there and also led botei medrash in Boro Park, Williamsburg, Kiryas Yoel , Monsey, Montreal and London.

The Rebbe was renowned for his tzidkus, dikduk b’mitzvos and intense avodas Hashem.

Yidden from all over the world sought out the Rebbe’s brachos and counsel, and his blessings we’re known to result in remarkable yeshuos for his petitioners.

The Rebbe, a son of Rav Mordechai of Demetsche and Rebbetzin Tzirel, was born in Nyirtass, Hungary, in 5682 (1921 or 1922). He survived the Holocaust in the Hungarian Labor Service and was liberated by the Red Army from a camp outside Marghita in October 1944.

The few surviving chassidim of his father, Rav Mordechai, who perished in Auschwitz with most of his extended family, appointed him their Rebbe and he established his kehillah in Nyíregyháza.

In 1951, fearing the Communist government, he and his chassidim left Hungary and emigrated to Canada, settling in Montreal. In 1963, the kehillah purchased an area in Boisbriand, Quebec, forming the enclave of Kiryas Tosh.

The Rebbe was married to Rebbetzin Chava (née Weingarten), a direct descendant of Rav Elimelech of Lizhensk, from 1946 until her petirah in 1996. He married to his second wife, Rebbetzin Malka Hass, in 2007.

Many of the Rebbe’s drashos and shiurim have been published in a series of five seforim titled Avodas Avodah. Two of them are seforim on the parshiyos hashovuah and Yomim Tovim with practical insights into avid as Hashem which are subtitled Dibros Kodesh. Further two are Yiddish seforim that explain the parshiyos hashovuah and Yomim Tovim with practical insights into avid as Hashem titled Imros Kodesh. Another is a compilation of addresses that the Tosher Rebbe delivered on various yahrzeits of gedolim arranged according to the calendar and subtitled Sichos Kodesh.

The Rebbe’s passing, in many ways, is the end of an era, as Klal Yisroel has lost yet another link to the Torah world of generations gone by.

May the Rebbe be a meilitz yosher for all of Klal Yisroel.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Gavriel Newscenter}


  1. BDE
    Is it possible for me to stop crying? can you be manachem me? when you know that a tragedy occurred that could have been totally avoided if we only woke up to reality & accepted Hashems wake-up call for teshuva?

    The rebbe was a father to me & was mechazeik millions of people with his words & Brachos.

    SO the Mageifa of gedolim continues R”L

    7 gedolei Hador just in the month of july alone R”L

    33 Leaders of Klal yisroel since the beginning of 2015 R”L

    over 150 Gedolei Hador & Rabbonim in the past 2 years alone R”L

    Are you going to not call this a Magaifa?

    SAME with the mageifa of children & infants being niftar in strange & tragic ways.

    for complete lists contact Hashems Teshuva movement at

    are we ready yet to come together as a nation for a worldwide teshuva movement with Kinnus & fasting like we did in the times of Purim.

    i.e. if the tzaros continues C”V Theres no one to blame but OURSELVES.

    May his neshama have an aliya & may this tzaddik be the last & final korban for Klal yisroel before we do teshuva.

  2. Baruch Dayan haEmess.

    However, I don’t understand comments such as Chanoch #6.

    The Rebbe was 95.

    You are saying that, had we done teshuva, the Rebbe would have lived forever?

  3. These are several resources from that I have found to be helpful during times of tragedy or loss:
    A DVD called Nichum V’Nechamah – A Guide to the Mitzvah of Nichum Aveilim, which has a lot of really good speakers discussing loss and giving comfort
    Comfort, Courage and Clarity, a blog by Mrs. Miriam Ribiat about mourning and loss
    The Neshamah Should Have an Aliyah, a book that explains what we can do for the neshamah of the niftar