Harav Hachosid Reb Moshe Feder, one of the elder Chasidim of Montreal who was one of the students of Otwock and Shanghai, passed away in Montreal early Sunday morning.
He was 94.
Rabbi Feder was an outstanding Torah scholar and orator, who started his Lubavitch Yeshiva education back in Otwock in 1936 when the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe was still living there.
When the Germans invaded, Rabbi Feder escaped along with fellow Yeshivah students Moshe Eliyahu Gerlitzky and Menachem Zev Greenglass to Vilna.
A few months later, Feder and 53 other students of the Chabad Yeshivah managed to secure transit visas from Japanese consul Chiune Sugihara in Kaunas, Lithuania, ultimately finding refuge in Japanese annexed Shanghai, in China. In 1946, Feder arrived in Montreal, Canada.
A teacher all his life, Rabbi Feder taught and inspired thousands of students at the United Talmud Torah in Montreal.
He was often called upon to substitute as the magid shiur at the legendary Reb Avrohom Karp’s daf yomi shiur in the yeshiva.
“His koach hasboro was outstanding, and he was a yodaya sefer as well as well versed in chochmos umos ha’olam and history,” a friend told COLlive.
Rabbi Feder is survived by his wife Naomi, daughters Rivkah Mattel (Ricky) Hollander – Boston, Rochel Friedman – Riverdale, NY and son Yankie Feder – Five Towns, NY.
The Levaya will take place today, Sunday at 12 noon at Chessed Shel Emes in Montreal and at 12:45 at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva.
He will be buried on Har Hamenuchos in Eretz Yisrael.
Shiva will be at his home in Montreal, 4672 Kent Ave.
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Baruch Dayan Haemes.