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Her Gifts

Machla Abramovitz

Selfless and serene, Pupa Rebbetzin Devorah Rochel Neuman a”h lived to do for others.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Though she physically lived in Montreal, her spirit remained in Chust, Czechoslovakia. Neither America nor the times ever entered her home,” Yochanan Herzog says of the esteemed and much-loved Pupa Rebbetzin. Rebbetzin Devorah Rochel Neuman passed away on the 27th of Tammuz at the age of 91 after a brief illness. The Herzog family had the privilege of serving the Rebbetzin and her husband, Rav Yaakov Yitzchok Neuman ztz”l since 1953 when the Rav and Rebbetzin arrived in Montreal to take over the helm of the Belzer community. This aura of yesteryear wasn’t only from the Rebbetzin’s cooking — though her compote, kugels, and carrots were prepared just as in her mother’s kitchen. Rather the Rebbetzin’s mannerisms and habits, the way she spent her time, bespoke a child infused with Yiddishe standards of old. “The way she spoke to Hashem with such emunah and bitachon, her insistence upon keeping every minhag, the way she davened and made brachos — she would say them word by word and concentrate on what she was saying — and the way she recited the entire Tehillim by heart in Yiddish,” Herzog recalls. “She had a strong foundation and never wavered from it.”

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