On Tuesday, Dr. Sara Chaya Druckman a”h, the widow of the late Religious Zionist spiritual leader, Rav Chaim Druckman, passed away at the age of 90. Born in Yerushalayim to Prof. Yosef Nachum Epstein, a renowned scholar of rabbinic literature, and Tziporah, her journey intertwined intellect and compassion.
Dr. Druckman earned her medical degree from the Hebrew University Medical School in Yerushalauyim, pioneering as one of Israel’s first religious female doctors. For years, she served as a dedicated general practitioner in Ashkelon and its surrounding areas. Post-retirement, she continued her mission through volunteering, aiding the needy, and sharing her knowledge by teaching at the Orot Etzion girls high school in Givat Washington.
Known for her kindness, hospitality, and devotion to Torah study, Dr. Druckman left an indelible mark.
She was buried beside her husband at the Masuot Yitzchok cemetery.
In a poignant hesped, her son-in-law, Rav Shimon Lapid, successor to Rav Druckman as rosh yeshiva of the Or Etzion Yeshiva, honored her memory. “Sara, our matriarch, is the continuation of Sara, the matriarch of the nation. With her unique humility and simplicity, all of us, her descendants, will shine the lights so that the lighthouse that she lit will continue to shine.”
Her son, Rami, expressed his lament, acknowledging his father’s spiritual partnership with his mother. “Father is certainly saying from heaven: ‘mine and yours – is hers.’ But you were not content with father’s Torah study. You studied at every opportunity and in every possible framework, from private sessions with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook to engaging in diverse classes.”
He further highlighted her boundless love for Eretz Yisroel, her extensive travels, and her selfless dedication to providing medical aid wherever needed.