Today’s Yahrtzeits – 30 Kislev


yahrtzeit-candlesRav Tzvi Yehuda (Hashi) Friedman (1925-2005). Born in Pressburg, Hungary, Reb Hashi was a descendant of the Chasam Sofer, whose youngest daughter, Rechel, married Reb Tzvi Yehuda Friedman from Topolcany. Their youngest son, Yeshaya, married Yehudis Link and had a son, Moshe, who married Malka Hochhauser. Reb Moshe had three sons, Nissan, Hashi, and Pinchas. Among Hashi’s teachers were Rav Akiva Sofer (the Daas Sofer), Rav Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer (the Cheishev Sofer), and Rav Michoel Ber Weissmandel. In 1944, he was sent to Aushwitz and marched the Death March to Gleiwitz and was transported to Buchenwald. Although his entire family was murdered, he lived another 60 years. He emigrated to Montreal in 1951 and moved to Toronto in 1970. His life was filled with Torah and hachnasas orchim.

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  1. More important than Reb Hashi’s z”l yichus was his own substance. He was a talmid chochom muflag who was fluent in shas and poskim and who was a profound mechadesh in his own right. Despite the horrors he endured, he, along with his eishes chayil a”h raised a family that now boasts bli ayin horah of hundreds of descendants who are shomrei torah umitzvos and mekadshei shem shamayim, all of whom looked (and continue to look) to R’ Hashi as their inspiration.