Rebbetzin Rus Kunstadt a”h

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It is with great sadness that reports the passing of Rebbetzin Rus Kunstadt a”h at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital. She was 91.

The Rebbetzin was the wife of Rav Elchonon Moshe Kunstadt, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Kol Torah in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Yerushalayim. Rav Elchonon Moshe was the author of Be’er Elchonon and a noted marbitz Torah.

Born in Germany on 13 Iyar תרפ”ו to her parents, Rabbi and Mrs. Uri Shraga Beifus, the Rebbetzin later immigrated to Eretz Yisroel and, when she reached marriageable age, married her husband, Rav Elchonon Moshe, fulfilling her dream of wedding a true talmid chochom with a potential for greatness.

The Rebbetzin was a woman of valor and a righteous woman who supported her husband so that he could pursue his harbotzas Torah, teaching thousands of talmidim.

She leaves behind doros yeshorim, including children and many descendants. Her children include Rebbetzin Partzovits, wife of Rav Tzvi Partzovitz, rosh yeshiva at Yeshivas Mir. Her brother, Rav Yaakov Beifus of Rechasim, is the author of Lekach Tov. Her sister, Rebbetzin Tovah Kessler a”h, was the wife of Rav Simcha Kessler zt”l, rov of Modi’in Ilit.

The levaya was held at Yeshiva Kol Torah and kevurah took place on Har Hamenuchos.

Yehi zichroh boruch.

{ Israel News}


  1. How does the editorial board decide which nifter/nifteres to publicize and which not? If you publicize one that no one ever heard of, that will only be an insult to a different family that be better known to your readership.

  2. “The Rebbetzin was the wife of Rav Elchonon Moshe Kunstadt, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Kol Torah” – This gives the mistaken impression that Rav Kunstadt ztz”l is the current Rosh Yeshiva. He was niftar 22 years ago. Either change it to “was the almana of…” or add ztz”l after Rav Kunstadt’s name. Rebbetzin Kunstadt was truly an eishel chayil and had many wonderful siblings and children – not just the ones listed. Not to take away from their greatness (Rebbetzin Tovah Kessler a”h, is also the mother of Rav Meir Kessler zt”l, current rov of Modi’in Illit / Rav Yaakov Beifus is a maggid shiur and has authored other sefarim in addition to the Lekach Tov series), but fame isn’t the only measure of gadlus.


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