BDE: Mrs. Esther Malka Zailig, a”h.
We are saddened inform you of the passing of Mrs. Zailig, a Holocaust survivor and longtime Boro Park resident. She was 97.
She was born in 1925 in the small Romanian village of Mihályfalva (not too far from Klauseburg). She was the daughter of Rav Chaim Laundau, a direct descendant of the Nodah B’Yehuda, who was known even to the gentiles of the town as a holy man.
She grew up in a home saturated with kedushah and emunah.
The Laundau’s were fortunate to survive the war, and when they arrived in America, they went to live with relatives in Utica. However, when it came time to make payos for her younger brother, their hosts explained how these things were not done in America—and without batting an eyelash, they moved out of the cradle of comfort, to the unfamiliar streets of Brooklyn.
She married Reb Yisroel Aryeh Zailig from Komlosh, Romania. A talmid of Halminer yeshiva, he was a masmid atzum, who had a small gemara open even as he was operating machines at his factory job. His loyal rebbetzin valued his Torah learning and supported him stalwartly. She operated a fabric store for a number of years, and would distribute for free for those in need.
Her grandchildren recall a her emunah peshutah, and her endless, heartfelt tefillos on behalf of each of them. She would complete the entire tehillim every day, recite perek shirah, and always expressed words of emunah and gratitude to Hashem.
She leaves this world with an incredible legacy of generations of Torah families who mourn a matriarch from a different world who upheld her emunah and her beliefs for her children to keep.
The levaya will take place at the Dezher Beis Medrash, on 16th Avenue and 57th Street, at 10:00 this evening.
Yehi Zichra Baruch