Rebbetzin Henny (Dessler) Geldzahler a”h


candle-small3It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rebbetzin Henya Geldzahler a”h. Rebbetzin Geldzahler was the wife of Rav Eliyahu Yehoshua Geldzahler, one of the leading talmidim of Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz zt”l and Rav Gedaliah Shor zt”l and the founder of Ohr Yisroel institutions in the United States.

Rebbetzin Geldzahler was a daughter of the Michtav M’Eliyahu, Rav Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler zt”l, and served as the consummate eizer kenegdo to her husband. Together, they raised a family of bnei and bnos Torah and respected talmidei chachomim.

The Rebbetzin is survived by her husband, Rav Eliyahu Yehoshua, and her children, Rav Moshe Chaim and Toby Geldzahler, Rav Daniel and Shaindy Geldzahler, Rabbi Henoch and Mindel Teitelbaum, Rabbi Leibel and Bluma Wulliger and Rabbi Shmuel and Chaya Blau. She was predeceased by her son, Rav Eliezer Geldzahler zt”l, illustrious rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohr Yisroel, husband of Mrs. baila Geldzahler. She also leaves behind a brother, Rav Nochum Zev Dessler, dean of the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland.

The levaya was held this morning at her home, located at 6 Elyon Road, off of Maple Avenue, in Monsey, NY, and shivah will be observed there.

Yehi zichrah boruch.

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  1. the rebbetzin a’h [all though she wanted be called mrs ] was of the noblest families of klal yisroel hagaon r’chaim ozer was her great uncle,not to mention reb yisroel z’l yet again she never sported her blue blood she lived her whole life bhatznea leches with one prime goal to support torah with the utmost dignity the ‘luxury ‘ in the house [is]the seforim no heavy or gaudy ‘”RELIGIOUS ARTICLES’ SHE EVEN MADE HER OWN CLOTHING the only house rav elya lopian ate in america was hers may she be an ambassador of good faith for her devoted husband the rosh hayeshiva who never left her side during her illness to the family and 2theclose2 50years oftalmidim who went 2OHR YISROEL AND MAY THE KODSHEI YEHOSUA HAVE KOACH TO CONTINUE THE AVODAS HAKOESH TILL120


  2. Although I have gone “off the derech,” I still fondly remember Reddetzin Geldzahler and Rabbi Geldzahler from my days at Ohr Yisrael. I do not have anything bad to say about either of them. She was a very sweet, kind, considerate and diplomatic person.
    I still remember how she would resolve my fights with the classmate who would often antagonize me or vice versa. Rather than getting upset, she always had a smile on her face and seemed to find our consistent bickering amusing; perhaps relishing in seeing our youthful energy. She would always say that we should not do it again, but in a way which was understood that it’s fine as long as we don’t do anything really serious to each other. I also remember how she would always call me the iluy of the school, the significance of which did not dawn on me until I was older and became familiar with the connotations surrounding that term.
    I always remember hearing stories about Rabbi Geldzahler being a very strict disciplinarian, which, along with his serious demeanor, made him seem somewhat frightening. However, I never experienced that from him. Rather, he treated me as if I was his peer; with a certain respect and dignity. I recall one instance when my class was playing kickball during recess, and the ball landed on him as he was walking through that courtyard. Rather than getting upset, he looked at us, smiled, and kicked the ball towards us before continuing along his way.
    I did not have as much to do with one of their sons, but I do remember he would occasionally be at Ohr Yisrael (both the school and the synagogue). He was very similar to them; a very kind person.

    Reading about Rebbetzin Geldzahler’s death has actually made me sad. Aleha hashalom.


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