JERUSALEM (VINnews/Sandy Eller)- Rabbi Yisroel Moshe Friedman, the Sadigura Rebbe, passed away Tuesday evening at Sheba Medica Center in Ramat Gan after a lengthy illness. A member of the Agudah’s Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah, Rabbi Friedman was 65 years old at the time of his passing and was the 6th Rebbe of Sadigura, an offshoot of the Ruzhyn Chasidic dynasty.
Kikar HaShabbat (https://bit.ly/3gMtXjd) reported that Rabbi Friedman grew up in Tel Aviv and studied first in the Kaminetz yeshiva in Jerusalem and then in the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. He moved to London after his marriage where he built the Sadigura beis medrash in Golders Green, serving as head of both the congregation and the local beis din. Rabbi Friedman moved to Bnei Brak after the passing of his father in 2013, succeeding him as the Sadigura Rebbe.
Rabbi Friedman took ill in recent years, spending several months this past year undergoing treatment in Los Angeles. According to B’Chadrei Charedim (https://bit.ly/3kxNFBG), he returned home to Bnei Brak just weeks ago and served as a sandak at a bris on Tisha B’Av. Rabbi Friedman was last seen in public last week at the funeral of Rabbi Tzvi Deutsch who fell victim to the coronavirus outbreak and was expected to return to Los Angeles after Succos for further medical care. He reportedly collapsed suddenly in his home and was rushed to the hospital, with frantic calls for prayer issued worldwide to his followers.
Rabbi Friedman’s funeral will take place on Tuesday afternoon at the Sadigura beis medrash on Rechov Gutmacher in Bnei Brak. The procession is expected to pass by the Ruzhyn yeshiva on its way to the Nachlas Yitzchak cemetery in Givatayim where Rabbi Friedman will be laid to rest near his father, Rabbi Avrohom Yaakov Friedman, and his grandfather, Rabbi Mordechai Shalom Yosef Friedman, both previous rebbes of Sadigura.