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Throngs of mourners filled the streets of Jerusalem on Tuesday to pay their respects to Torah luminary Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel

The funeral, which took place at the Mirrer Yeshiva’s main branch, began at twelve noon. Rabbi Finkel was eulogized by Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman; Rav Aryeh Finkel, a cousin and rosh yeshiva of the Brachfeld Mirrer Yeshiva; Rav Refoel Shmulowitz; Rav Finkel’s brother, Rav Gedalya Finkel; two of Rav Finkel’s sons, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel and Rav Shmuel Finkel; and his son-in-law, Rav Nosson Alon.

Spectators lined the rooftops in the narrow streets of Meah Shearim, and Jerusalem roadways swarmed with black as tens of thousands took to the streets to pay their respects to a man widely considered one of the greatest Torah figures of this generation. Security was extremely tight and police, Magen David Adom, emergency services, and other rescue vehicles were out in full force in anticipation of a crowd that some estimates put as high as 100,000. Rabbi Finkel’s body was carried from the yeshiva in Meah Shearim through the streets of the city all the way to the Har Hamenuchos cemetery located outside Givat Shaul, where he was buried near the grave of the Belzer Rebbe.

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Rabbi Finkel’s eldest son, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, will succeed his father at the helm of the Mirrer Yeshiva. He currently gives a daily shiur to over 200 students at the yeshiva and maintains a close relationship with many of them. Students at the yeshiva described him as “an intellectual giant” and “a truly God fearing man.”

 

 

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