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Boruch Dayan Hoemes: Mrs. Miriam Tzimmel Friedman, 101, OBM

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Mrs. Miriam Tzimmel Friedman OBM, longtime Crown Heights resident and matriarch to an illustrious Lubavitch family. She was 101 years old.

She was the wife of Reb Yaakov Moshe Friedman OBM, who during WWII, was amongst the many Jews who escaped from Poland to Russia. As a young bochur, he worked a double shift in a Siberian labor camp to spare his father from working on Shabbos.

With the advent of WWII, Reb Yaakov Moshe wandered until finally reaching Tashkent where he met Lubavitch Chassidim. There he married his wife Mrs. Miriam Tzimel, a descendent of the Baal Shem Tov.

Her father was the gaon and posek Horav Hachossid Rev Yosef Boruch Reichwerger, the Rav in Kharkov, Lublin. He had a lot of experience with Halachic questions relating to agunas. Many Rabbonim referred questions to him after WWII, when this issue had particular relevance. His name is also mentioned in the sefer “Otzer Haposkim”, as an editor of these halachos.

She is survived by her children Mrs. Faige Kranz-Green (Boca Raton, FL), Rabbi Manis Friedman (S. Paul, MN), Mrs. Ita Marcus (California), Rabbi Benzion Friedman (Overland Park, KS), Rabbi Eliyahu Friedman (Tzfat, Israel), Rabbi Mordechai Shlomo (Crown Heights), Rabbi Yosef Boruch Friedman (Crown Heights), Reb Avremel Friedman (Crown Heights).

The Levaya will take place tomorrow, Monday, 11:00am at Shomrei Hadas and passing by 770 ataround 12:00pm.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes


  • 1. Hersh & Ellen Goldman wrote:

    We had the pleasure of listening to Rabbi Yossi Friedman speak on those occasions when he visited Swampscott. We extend our condolences to him and the rest of the family.

  • 2. Ferris Family Berkeley wrote:

    Baruch Dayan Emes. We are so sorry to hear of your loss.

  • 3. Shapero's of Coral Springs wrote:

    Words can not describe the impact she and her family had on some many Jews. Everyone was welcome in her home. She was the epitome of an Eshes Chayil.

  • 4. David and Ronna Tobin wrote:

    We both were saddened to read this sad news, but very happy about the birth, named after this grandmother who was so pious, and the family also. Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet, and may he memories forever remain in everyone’s heats and passed on to each generation.


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