The Tosher Rebbe, recipe HaRav Meshulam Feish Segal-Lowy, one of the oldest Rebbes in the world died this morning in Broisbriand Quebec, he was 94 years old.
A Holocaust survivor, the Rebbe was born in Nyirtass Hungary in 1921 (or 22) and was put into Hungarian Labour Camps by the Nazis. He was liberated by the Red Army from a camp outside of Marghita in October 1944.
His sect was wiped out. The few surviving members, who were students of his father who was murdered during the war with most of his extended family, appointed him their Rebbe and the lived for a few years in Nyiregyhaza Hungary.
Fearing the Communist Government in 1951, the Rebbe and his followers left Hungary and moved to Montreal. In 1963, he and his Chassidim purchased land in Broisbriand, just outside of Montreal and formed the town of Kiryas Tosh.
A 1966 article in the Canadian Jewish News by Norman Abrahams described the Tosher Rebbe’s dedication to his followers, many of whom were Holocaust survivors who turned to the Rebbe for guidance.
“Indicative of the Rebbe’s devotion to Judaism and his followers, this great man stays up most of the night fulfilling the many requests for advice and prayer and it is not uncommon to see him eating breakfast, his first meal of the day at five o’clock in the afternoon.”
A Talmudic expert, the Rebbe was incredibly knowledgeable in many other areas, frequently offering medical advice and guidance on other topics.
“His wisdom extends to other fields, particularly those of politics and law,” wrote Abrahams. “It is said that even lawyers come to him for advice.”
Renowned for his insistence to read from the Torah on his own for over 50 years, the Rebbe would complete the entire Sefer Tehillim daily and could stand in shul for over five hours, according to Israeli news site Kikar HaShabbat.
Over the past five decades, Tosh became a destination for those seeking spiritual counsel, advice and brachos, with thousands coming every year from all walks of life to seek out the Tosher Rebbe’s guidance.
A six volume set titled Avodas Avodah features the Rebbe’s discussions of the parsha, yomtim tovim and other insights, in both Yiddish and Hebrew, as well as a Yiddish/Hebrew collection of the Rebbe’s teachings about yahrtzeits of various tzadikim. Satellite Tosher communities have been established in various locations including Borough Park, Williamsburg, Kiryas Joel, Monsey and London.
In 1946, The Rebbe married his first wife Chava Weingarten, a direct decendant of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk, she passed away in 1996. In 2007 he married his second wife Malka Haas, she survives him.
Funeral services for the Rebbe are expected to take place tonight, Wednesday August 12, 2015 at 7pm in Kiryas Tosh in Broisbriand Quebec.
By Staff at Montreal Jewish News