It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of Rabbi Shimon Segal zt”l, menahel klali of Yeshiva Toras Emes for over 60 years. He was 95 years old.
The European-born Rabbi Segal survived the difficult war years, including spending time in the Kovno Ghetto, which was established by the Nazis to hold Lithuanian Jews during the Holocaust. At its peak, the ghetto housed 29,000 people, Jews who had survived initial pogroms. Most were later sent to concentration and extermination camps.
Rabbi Segal maintained a close bond with, among other gedolei Torah, Rav Mordechai Pogramansky, one of the Torah giants of Lithuania.
After the war, Rabbi Segal first spent time in France with Rav Pogramansky. He later immigrated to the United States.
Rabbi Segal was greatly involved in acts of askanus both in the United States and Eretz Yisroel, where he was close to gedolei Torah and would assist yechidim and mosdos in many ways.
For many years, Rabbi Segal shepherded Yeshiva Toras Emes-Kamenitz in Boro Park, where it was led by the rosh yeshiva, Rav Levi Krupenia. The yeshiva was previously in Woodridge, NY, where it flourished, becoming one of the leading mekomos haTorah in America, before moving to Boro Park upon the completion of the new Toras Emes Kamenitz campus in 1973.
Later, the yeshiva moved to Flatbush, where it is located today.
While Rav Shimon did not merit biological children, he was “adopted” by the Zelinger family, who he treated like his very own.
Rav Shimon leaves behind a legacy of fortitude and perseverance demonstrated during daunting nisyonos in Europe, and decades of devotion to chinuch habonim and harbotzas Torah at the mosad he led and was so devoted to.
The levayah will take place tomorrow, Monday, at 11 a.m. at Yeshiva and Mesivta Toras Emes, located at 1904 Avenue N in Brooklyn, NY. There will be no hespeidim. The aron will then be flown to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah there.
Yehi zichro boruch.