07:03 IL: YWN-Israel has just learned of the petira of the Mir Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel ZT”L, the Mir Rosh Yeshiva. The rav zt”l was the Mir rosh yeshiva since 1990.
Based on the conflicting reports received this morning, the rosh yeshiva went into cardiac arrest and EMS personnel were unsuccessful in resuscitating him.
HaGaon HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 12, 1943 to Eliyahu Meir Finkel. He married the daughter of Rabbi Beinish Finkel, who was the son of Rabbi Eliezer Yehudah Finkel, and Sara Greineman. Rav Finkel himself is a direct great-grandson of the Alter of Slabodka, whose name he bears. His wife is a second cousin of his. His brother is Rav Gedaliah Finkel, a Maggid Shiur in the yeshiva.
When once asked by a student why he never took drugs to calm the Parkinson’s disease he suffers from, he answered that when inquiring about the drugs, his doctor had told him that it would have an effect on his memory. “I’d rather be ill my whole life than to forget even one word of the holy Torah.”
UPDATE 07:18: Emergency medical personnel were summoned to the home of the rosh yeshiva on Amalim Street in the Beis Yisrael neighborhood of the capital at about 6:30am. The rosh yeshiva did not feel well, and subsequently collapsed.
A family member began CPR until EMS personnel arrived on the scene. Advanced life support measures continued for an extended time until it became apparent that it was not meant to be. A physician on the scene pronounced him dead on the scene.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)