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Rabbi Mordechai Yehuda From

Rabbi Mordechai Yehuda From

Male 1928 - 1972  (44 years)

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  • Name Mordechai Yehuda From 
    Prefix Rabbi 
    Born 1928  Pietrogov, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography PEOPLE OF YISRAEL: A Son-in-law in Rabbi Kook's Home
    - by Rabbi Uri Dasberg, the Zomet Institute
    In the days when Yeshivat Merkaz Harav in Jerusalem was small the rabbi who served as the only regular teacher was Rabbi Mordechai Frum. At the time, there were about fifty students and a few more married full-time seminary students. Rabbi Frum taught a daily class to the first-year students and a second class two days a week to the upper grades. In addition, general lectures about the Talmud were given by his father-in-law, Rabbi Shalom Raanan-Kook (Rabbi A.Y. Kook's son-in-law) and rabbi Frum's uncle, Rabbi Avraham Elkana Kahane-Shapiro (who was also Rabbi Raanan's brother-in-law), who eventually became the Rosh Yeshiva and then later served as the Chief Rabbi of Israel.

    How did Rabbi Frum, the son of a family in the Hasidic dynasty of Gur, a disciple of the Staipler Rabbi (Rabbi Yaacov Kanayevsky, the brother-in-law of the Chazon Ish) in the Beit Yosef yeshiva in Tel Aviv, become a respected teacher in Rabbi Kook's yeshiva? Rabbi Frum's great powers in the Torah can be seen from the first book he wrote, Torat Halevi, on the Sefer Hachinuch (the first eight mitzvot), and the enthusiastic approvals that were written to the book by the Chief Rabbis of the time, Rabbi Herzog and Rabbi Uziel, in addition to an approval written by the chief rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank. Rabbi Eliyahu Mordechai Velkosky, a member of the council of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel, knew Rabbi Frum from an early age: "I see before me the young boy of that time and the young author, and I can also see a vision of him many years later, when after fifty years have passed he sits at the head of the yeshiva founded by Rabbi Kook." This was written in 5712 (1952), but only twenty years passed and before he was able to grow old he died at the age of 42, on the twenty-eighth of Elul 5732 (1972).

    In addition to his great scholarship in Torah, Rabbi Frum was intimately involved in the events in Eretz Yisrael. Before the State of Israel was established, while he was still a yeshiva student, he was in charge of the Jerusalem "recruitment office," which among other things enlisted yeshiva students for the war effort. He was a close friend of David Raziel, the commander of the Etzel, and later on a friend of David Bergman, a member of the Jerusalem municipality. He also had a very pleasant singing voice. Who among those who studied in the yeshiva does not have fond memories of his leading the prayers on the High Holy days? One of those who heard him was Tzipora, the daughter of Rabbi Raanan, sitting outside an open window between the two halls of the yeshiva (open because Rabbi Kook had ruled that the windows of the synagogue should never be fully closed). Rabbi Frum was dedicated in his study, in depth and with a pleasant tune. The sounds of study were transformed into the joys of a bride and groom, and the student who was "a genius and full of knowledge, comparable to Sinai and to one who can move mountains" (as written by Rabbi Uziel in the approval mentioned above), was appointed as the head teacher. Many of his students remember him well and have their own notes about his lessons on the Talmud and on the holidays. Some of these lectures have been published, but others are still waiting to see the light of day.

    Twenty years had passed after Rabbi Mordechai had married Tzipora, but they still did not have any children. As students in the yeshiva, we heard that a rabbinical court which included Rabbi Aryeh Levin and Rabbi Avraham Shapiro sat at night, after Yom Kippur, and ruled that during the following year the couple should be blessed with a child (this was later publicized). When we asked Rabbi Shapiro if he really sat on such a court, he replied that we should not become involved in such matters. But the fact is that the couple's firstborn daughter was born that year.
    Words of Torah by our Subject: The typical blessing on the New Year is, "Have a good and sweet year." Why is it necessary to add the word "sweet" to this blessing? Rabbi Mordechai answered, quoting his mentor Rabbi Yaacov Moshe Charlap. All the actions of the Almighty are for the good, even if we feel a bitter taste when they happen. So what we request from G-d is that He should give us the good in the coming year in such a way that we will also feel the sweetness. Let us hope and pray that this will indeed come true.


    נולד בפיוטרקוב שבפולין לרב נפתלי יצחק הלוי וללאה פרום, חסידי גור. בשנת תרצ"ה (1935), בהיותו בן חמש, עלה עם משפחתו לישראל. למד בישיבות נובהרדוק בתל אביב, חיי עולם בירושלים ומרכז הרב. לפני הקמת המדינה היה מרכז לשכת הגיוס של ירושלים. נישא לצפורה רענן, בתו של הרב שלום נתן רענן, חתנו של הרב קוק.
    בשנת תשי"ג (1953) מינהו דודו הרב צבי יהודה הכהן קוק למגיד שיעור לצעירים מהארץ בישיבת מרכז הרב.
    נפטר בכ"ח באלול תשל"ב, בהיותו בן 42. נקבר בבית הקברות בהר הזיתים.  [1
    Immigration 1932  Jerusalem, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Hebrew Death 28 Elu 5732 
    Occupation Rosh Yeshiva Mercaz Harav 
    Residence Jerusalem, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 8 Sep 1972  Jerusalem, Israel Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10321  Blank Family
    Last Modified 14 Feb 2015 

    Family Living 
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     3. Rivka From
    Family ID F7326  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1932 - Jerusalem, Israel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Jerusalem, Israel Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Sep 1972 - Jerusalem, Israel Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S78] Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia.

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