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Condolences to Nachum Segal

By David Wilder
3/9/2008, 12:00 AM
I didn't personally know Rabbi Zev Segal zt"l. But as they say, seeing the branches, you know a lot about the roots.

I remember many years ago, Nachum Segal, the Rabbi's son, came to Hebron to do a live broadcast on his early morning radio show, JM in the AM. But this wasn't your normal sit-down show. We went running all over Hebron, broadcasting over cell phones, the quality of which wasn't quite what it is today. I distinctly remember standing in the Tarpat-1929 section of the ancient Jewish cemetery in Hebron, not far from Tel Rumeida, with Nachum standing next to the grave of the "Matmid" - Shmuel HaLevi Rosenhaltz, who was the first Jew killed in the Hebron Massacre. "HaMatmid" - in English, the persistent one - in other words, always studying Torah. Nachum spoke about how his father knew the Matmid, and learned with him.

That's a very special yihus - or pedigree, having learned in the Hebron Yeshiva as far back as 1929.

Like I said, I never knew Rabbi Segal. But knowing Nachum, I can imagine what he was like. Because Nachum Segal, as tall as he is, has a heart to match. And that heart is filled with love for Am Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Torat Yisrael. And a whole lot of love for Hebron and Jerusalem.

Not too long ago Nachum was here for a day, broadcasting from the Gutnick Center outside Ma'arat HaMachpela. Despite a serious medical problem which almost kept him from making the trip to Israel, he radiated. Broadcasting live, from Hebron, well that just about overcame any other kind of issue that could exist.

Reading about Rabbi Zev Segal, and having spent time with Nachum over the years, in Hebron, at his New Jersey radio studio, and at various functions that he has hosted for Hebron, it's clear that the Rabbi educated his family with the finest education a Jewish child can receive. And he taught not only his family, rather hundreds and thousands of others, as a Rabbinic educator for decades.

I heard yesterday about Nachum's father's passing. It's difficult to say that at 91 years old, a person's death is 'untimely,' but in this case, it certainly seemed to have been just so. Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to the funeral in Jerusalem last night, but felt a real need to express sincere condolences, personally, and on behalf of the entire Jewish Community of Hebron and of our US office, the Hebron Fund, to Nachum and all his family.

HaMakom Yenachem otchem betoch shaar avlei Tzion v'Yerushalayim - May the L-rd comfort you amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and my you know no more sorrow. I have no doubt that your continued work on behalf of Am Yisrael will be an iluyi for your father's neshama, and that his memory will be blessed by your deep love of Klal Yisrael.