Dear Friends of Rabbanith Ruth Menashe, her family and MIDRASH BEN ISH HAI,

Thank you for the outpouring of love and respect that was shown to the Rabbanith Ruth Menashe (Ruth bat Ahuva) at the Young Israel of Great Neck. The extraordinary attendance at such short notice was nothing short of humbling and a deep and meaningful tribute to our beloved Rabbanith Ruth.

The Rabbanith and family will Be'ezrath Hashem be flying to Israel for the burial and the first part of Shib'ah. A eulogy will take place at the Shamgar in Jerusalem on Wednesday night, February 25th, Ohr LeZayin Adar. The eulogy will begin at 9:00 p.m. and end at 9:30 promptly.

We will then accompany the Rabbanith for Burial at Har Hazetim. We invite anyone who is comfortable accompanying us to join us. Security will be provided.

The family will sit Shiva at 38 Binyamin Metudela St, apartment #12 in Rehavia, Jerusalem, from Thursday morning, 7th Adar (February 26) through Mosei Shabbath (Saturday night), February 28th (Ohr L'Yod Adar).
The family will return to America to sit Shib'ah in Great Neck, NY, on Sunday evening Ohr L'Yod Alef Adar (March 1) from 7:00 p.m. through Wednesday morning, at 7 Linden Blvd., Great Neck, NY, 11021.

Prayer times are as follows:
Shaharith 7:00 a.m.
Minha And Arbith 5:20 p.m.

The family will have a large book at the entrance of the house. We request that all individuals who have been touched by the Rabbanith write about an interaction (or interactions) with her that has moved them.

Condolences may be sent via the contact form at

Hakham Yis-haq Khedourie, ‘a”h

Hakham Yishaq Khedhourie (Yitzchak Kadouri)

Hakham Yishaq Khedhourie, a truly pious man and Qabbalist (Kabbalist) of the old shool,  was born in Baghdad (though possibly Basra) and passed away in Jerusalem on Mosei Shabbath, 28 Tevet, 5766, Jan. 28 ’06).

His exact age was not certain. According to his physician he was between 104 and 108 years old. Other estimates place his age as high as 113.

Hakham Khedhourie emigrated to the Land of Israel at the age of 17. Legend has it that when he was 16 years old, Hakham Yoseph Hayyim, o.b.m, author of many works including BEN ISH HAI, after whom Midrash BEN ISH HAI is named, blessed him with a long life.

Hakham Yishaq Khedhourie (Yizchak Kadouri)

In the Land of Israel he studied with many famous Hakhamim of the day including Hakham Yehudah Ftayya, o.b.m., author of Minhath Yehudah and Hakham Ephraim Hakkohen, o.b.m.

Despite his years of study and teaching, and the level he attained, Hakham Yishaq Khedhourie, never published any books on Qabbalah.

He founded the Nahalath Yis-haq Yeshibah.

It is reported that over 200,000 people attended his funeral.



Hakham Yishaq Khedhourie (Yizchak Kadouri)

Hakham Yishaq Khedhourie (Yizchak Kadouri) with Hakham 'Obadia Yosef (Harav Ovadia Yosef)









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