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    Shul Mourns The “Beta Tester”

    A member of "Murphy's" Shul in Crown Heights, which Rabbi Eliezer Zirkind OBM led for many years, writes about the halachic "beta tester" who had a "gentle soul." Full Story

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    BDE
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    BDE

    Sounds like an amazing person, wish I could have known him,

    A real moser nefesh
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    A real moser nefesh

    I remember his story(late 70′s) about the Korean war (1953): He was not in Yeshiva or any school, so he was not eligible for a deferment. To make these stories short, I’ll do the best I can: 1.) Army regulations – no beards. The Rebbe, when he asked about it, said,”You should be moser nefesh that you don’t touch your beard!” Of course, he told the military aurthorities about his religous obligation about the beard. Guess what! They asked an “orthodox” Jewish chaplin his opinion.”I think he’s doing that as an excuse to get out of service.” So, the only… Read more »

    One of Hash-m's and the Rebbe's greats
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    One of Hash-m's and the Rebbe's greats

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    Rabbi Zirkind o.b.m. will be greatly missed. What a nashamah! What a guardian of Torah and mitzvahs!

    ETZ Haim
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    ETZ Haim

    ETZ (Eliezer Tzvi Zev) haim he lamachazikim bo.

    Haim is Torah. He was a tremendous talmid chochom and very practical and down to earth.

    He was also a very interesting conversationalist able to enthrall his listeners with his vast Torah knowledge.

    His mesiras nefesh for his beard is well remembered and is surely getting him straight into Gan Eden along with his other huge accomplishments.

    levertov
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    levertov

    He tried to form a vaad for sofrim and make rules of ethics. An important one was that if a mezuza upon inspection was pussel the sofer should NOT be the one to sell a replacement!!!

    The real deal
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    The real deal

    I was lucky enough to have 2 interactions with Rabbi Zirkind AH and both involved my Tefhilin Around 10 years ago during a routine Tefhilin check the sofer found a serious pesul concerning the original writing of the parshious many years earlier – I was devastated (just imagining all those year of putting these tephilin)! I immediately ran to Rabbi Heller Shlita, who suggested that I bring my parshious to LBCLC Rabbi Zirkind. After examining the issue and suggesting a way to fix my parshious, Rabbi Zirkind looked at me straight in the eye and said “you should know that… Read more »

    bde
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    bde

    ER VET ZICHER ZAIN A GUTA BETER – BECAUSE NO SUTTEN IS GOING TO WANT TO MESS WITH HIM. WE ALL SHOULD TRY TO EMULATE HIS COURAGE AND CONVICTION TO YIDISHKITE AND DOING THE RIGHT THING. MAY THE FAMILY HAVE A NECHOMA.

    to the "member of Murphy's shul"
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    to the "member of Murphy's shul"

    thank you for writing this. You did a tremendous job of giving over the real Rabbi Zirkind.

    A displaced member of Murphy's
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    A displaced member of Murphy's

    I am saddened today by the news of this loss. A man of great Torah knowledge but he didn’t just talk the talk. He was a living example of integrity. I am proud to have had a warm friendship with him over many years and I am proud to say that i learned a lot from him. May his memory be a blessing.

    Sruly Clapman.
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    Sruly Clapman.

    This is a man that met my father as a young boy, and out of the graciousness of his heart and for ZERO PAY taught him Safrus Shchita and Mila, he also was my father Zol Zayn Gezunts Chavrusa for the first years after marriage they would learn for 6 hours a day !!! He made my parents Shiduch as well :). The Rebbe left him so many responsibilities including to form the CH Bays din after Ren Zalman Shimon was Nifter. He had so much respect for the Torah and also for American law, he filed taxes on every… Read more »

    Melbourne
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    Melbourne

    I remember when Rabbi Zirkind came to Melbourne, such amazing mentch, also his son Dovid who used to live here was a real asset to the community, such a nice fellow, such middos toivois.

    Such a special family.

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