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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

R. Tzvi Hersh Taub, z"l

Yesterday, we were saddened to be informed of the passing of R. Tzvi Hersh Taub, son of Rebbe Shaul Yedidya Elazar Taub, the second Modzitzer Rebbe. [R. Hersh was thus the uncle of the present Modzitzer Rebbe Shlita].

Dozens of people attended his funeral in Shavei Shomron, the beautiful yishuv ["settlement"] in the Shomron in which he lived with his lovely family, may they all live and be well. Among them was a busload of Modzitz Chassidim and others who made the journey from Bnei Brak and points beyond such as Yerushalayim and Rechovot.

R. Hershel was also the webmaster of the modzitz.org website, and ran it without any compensation and with complete dedication. The website features divrei Torah, Niggunim and Late News of the Modzitzer Chassidim, both in Israel and the US, with pages in both Hebrew and English. The niggunim can be downloaded for free, and then played back at any time on your computer - or you can just click on them to listen to them while visiting the site.

Obviously, the Modzitz website will not be updated for a short period of time until a new webmaster can be found. But you can find a wealth of information there, as well as Chassidic stories. And all this, in no small part, due to the wonderful work of R. Hershel, may his memory be for a blessing!

The family is sitting Shiva in their home in Shavei Shomron, and will spend one day in Kfar Saba as well, for those who cannot make the trip to Shavei. Send your comments to this if you need further details.

In 1977 we went to the Modzitzer Rebbe in Tel Aviv for a Bracha. We were the original Diaspora Yeshiva Band, and he was very friendly, and we talked about music, and he gave us a Bracha.
We finished making an album and it came out very nicely, so the Bracha obviously helped. We've been huge fans of Modzitz music ever since.
Baruch Dayan Emes.

Ruby Harris
Chicago, IL
The family will be sitting Shiva in Kfar Saba TODAY, Sunday throughout the day. At the home of the Taub Family, 5 Rechov HaShefela, Apt. 7, Kfar Saba.
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