BDE: Reb Moshe Aryeh Friedman, z”l
We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Reb Moshe Aryeh Friedman, z”l, a pillar in the community, a humble ba’al chessed and talmid chochom, at the untimely age of 71.
The niftar was born in the aftermath of the churban, to his father, Reb Shmiel Yitzchok, z”l, and tbl”ch, his mother Mrs. Henchu, shetichye, who were Holocaust survivors, left alone from their large families. They were both cared for by the Kashau Rov, zt”l, who cared for their every need and married them off. The connection to Kashau remains a part of the Friedman family to this day.
Reb Moshe was raised in Boro Park in the early years, and after learning in cheder, he entered the Kashau yeshiva, where he likewise became close to the ruv. He married Mrs. Perl, the daughter of Reb Shaya Mandel of the Bronx—the gabbai of Rav Bick’s shul. The Mandel’s moved along with Rav Bick to Boro Park, where the next generation remained close to the Bick family, including Reb Moshe, who davened at the Shul for many years.
But he was a pillar of the Altstadter Shul on 52nd Street, and infused tremendous energy into the shul in every way.
Reb Moshe excelled at chessed b’hatznei’ah leches, in the most hidden manner—and there are countless stories of the tzeddakah and chessed that he did over the years, in his business dealings, as well as in the general community.
His kibud av v’eim was a thing of legend; going to the ends of the earth to honor his parents. His father occupied a prestigious position in his business, and even when he couldn’t work any longer, his salary remained the same... with Reb Moshe employing the rationale that they looked back at his years of productivity, determining that he had been underpaid.
He stood at the beck and call of his mother, shetichye—successfully keeping the secret of his illness from her for an astounding fifteen years... pulling out every ruse so as not to worry her.
After years of courageously battling illness, Reb Moshe Arye passed away yesterday, with the levaya taking place at Shomrei Hadas yesterday afternoon. Throughout his years of illness, the dedication of his wife and children were unending, just as he had shown his own parents. He leaves behind an incredible legacy, a beautiful Torah family, and a good name.
Yehi Zichro Baruch.