BDE: R’ Simcha Leib Slomiuc, z”l
We regrets to inform you of the passing of Reb Leibel Slomiuc, z”l. He was 84.
His father Reb Avraham left his village in Romania when he sensed the heat of Anti-semitism. Reb Avraham thought he was coming to America, but he wound up in Uruguay, in South America. He opened a shop, where he sold paintings and other household decorative items—but he was more preoccupied with his avodas Hashem than with his business.
He married in Uruguay, and his son Simcha Leib was born there in 1937. From his father he learned mesirus nefesh for Yiddishkeit, and to cherish Talmidei Chachomim.
Many Rabbonim would come to raise funds in South America, and he would assist them, closing his shop to assist them. If it came time to daven and he had a shop filled with customers, he would simply walk out to go daven.
He was sent learn in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Flatbush, where he would acquire the fiery hasmodoh that would come to define him.
His rebbeim in the Mir were Rav Avrohom Kalmanowitz, Rav Shraga Moshe Kalmanowitz, and Rav Shmuel Berenbaum—and he would speak of time his entire life with the greatest love and the greatest awe.
He married tbl”ch the former Baila Tauber in Chile, and he became one of the pillars of its Jewish community. He was also one of the builders of the burgeoning Torah community in Mexico City. The family then moved to Boro Park.
“I have never met a masmid like that in my life,” recalls a grandson. “He would always speak to us about ‘stealing time for Torah.’”
He would regularly awake at 3:00 am to learn, and he would return to his Gemara at every possible opportunity—and yet it was all masked under the guise of simplicity, as a regular balebos.
Reb Leibel retired early, and returned immediately to the Gemara. 3:00 he was locked in his study. From there to the Mikvah, shachris, and back to his study… and so it went the entire day.
Throughout the years, he davened at Krasna, Emunas Yisroel, and Karlin Stolin.
He has been unwell in recent years, and was niftar Thursday afternoon.
The Levaya will take place at Shomrei Hadas at 11:00 Friday morning, with kevurah taking place in the Viznitzer chelkah in Monsey—bringing to his final resting place a Yid who lived his entire life with a burning love for Torah and was intensely humbled by it.
Yehi Zichro Baruch.
Watch Live the Levaya of R’ Simcha Leib Slomiuc, z”l.