Monday, January 7, 2008


Brooklyn, NY - Rabbi Refoel Shmuel Birnbaum, zt'l, passed away today. The Jewish world has lost one of the greatest sages of our time. The levaya will take place 8:45AM Monday morning at Mir Yeshiva 1795 Ocean Parkway.

Mayor Bloomberg issued the following statement: "Today we lost Rabbi Shmuel Birnbaum, who led the Mir Yeshiva for nearly 50 years and built it into one of the largest centers for Torah study in the world. A Holocaust refugee who, as a young man, sought shelter in Shanghai from Nazi persecution, Rabbi Birnbaum's love of learning and wealth of wisdom will live on through his tens of thousands of students worldwide. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem"

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