It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing today of Rav Shymon Gitelis zt”l. He was 103 years old.
Reb Shymon, son of Reb Zalka Gitelis z”l, was one of the last remaining Alter Mirrers, those who merited learning in the Mir Yeshiva of old. Reb Shymon was part of a unique chaburah of bnei Torah at the Mir in Poland and later in Shanghai, when the yeshiva was transplanted there during World War II.
Earlier, Reb Shymon merited learning at the Baranovitch Yeshiva, under Rav Elchonon Wasserman Hy”d.
He was one of the last links to the great Torah world of pre-war Europe.
After immigrating to the United States, Reb Shymon rebuilt his life, marrying his wife, Rochel, and establishing a noted family of bnei and bnos Torah. Reb Shymon entered the field of chinuch, becoming a rebbi at Yeshiva Toras Emes in Boro Park, where he taught talmidim for some three decades.
During the last period, he resided with his son and daughter-in-law, Moshe and Cheni Gitelis, in Lakewood, NJ.
Reb Shymon is survived by his children, Reb Zelig Gitelis of Brooklyn, Reb Moshe Gitelis of Lakewood; Mrs. Hindy David of Lakewood; and Mrs. Hadassah Singer of Chicago. He was predeceased by his daughter, Rebbetzin Rivka Zucker a”h, wife of Rav Dovid Zucker, rosh kollel of the Chicago Community Kollel.
The levaya was held today, Tzom Gedaliah, at Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. The aron is being flown to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah on Har Hamenuchos in Yerushalayim.
Yehi zichro boruch.
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