נאך דיין אהבת התורה
נאך דיין הידור במצוות
נאך דיין אמת'ער כיבוד תלמידי חכמים
נאך דיין אמונת צדיקים
נאך דיין התמדה און שקידה
נאך דיין אהבה צו דיינע אייניקלעך
דו פעלסט אונז אויס מער ווי אייביג
My Zeide lost his wife and 4 children in 1944, and started all over again in the DP camps. Upon his arrival in America he worked hard, very hard, and even after being robbed blind by a business partner never complained. Today some of those jobs he worked at might not sound so "respectable", especially for a Talmid Chochom, but that wasn't a problem for my Zeide. He may have worked to provide for his family, but his mind was always in a Sefer. He would arise before dawn to learn and give Shuirim, and was back at the Gemoroh upon returning home. Upon retirement he spent his time in the Bais Medrish.
Zeide was a Talmid of the VaYaged Yaakov of Pupa for a short time, and then, for the most part, a Talmid of Reb Zev Gintzler of Solgotarjan and F'Gyarmat, Hungary. A point about his dedication to his Talmidim, and in turn their love for him, is made by the fact that when RZG was offered the Rabbinic post of F'Gyarmat ALL OF HIS TALMIDIM WENT ALONG WITH HIM TO THE NEW TOWN! The Yeshiva was restarted in his new place of residence.
Unlike other Yidden his age and of his background whose children/grandchildren chose to "join" Lubavitch, he would tell people he would meet wih me that "דאס איז מיין אייניקל, ער איז א ליובאוויטשער חסיד", "די ליובאוויטשער רבי איז געוואלדיג גרויס" , That, in a way gave me the Chizuk I needed during turbulent times.
While bedridden the last few weeks of his life, his lips did not cease to murmur words of Torah and Tefilloh, and he passed on B'Misas Neshikoh on Erev Shabbos Kodesh, 6 Nissan 5754. יהי זכרו ברוך