Stories & Memories of Mrs Leah Miriam Heidingsfeld

By: Anonymous June 6

It is with great sadness that I heard the news of the passing of your wife and mother Leah Miriam AH.

When we first moved to Australia I was Shmuli's kinder teacher and that is how I first met Leah Miriam. She excitedly told me about the Jews you had met in Albury and how you went there for Purim. It was then that we offered to go up for Pesach Sedorim. Leah Miriam invited me to come and cook in her Pesach kitchen and advised me of how valuable a Pesach kitchen was when the children were young. I heeded that advice and installed a Pesach kitchen as soon as we could and I thank her for it every year. She was an absolute shlucha, she loved to do mivtzoim and would mail out calendars and lamplighters and matzos or whatever was appropriate for the time of year, to people all over the country. Leah Miriam was devoted to her children, I can still see her holding Shmuli's hand walking down Hotham street to cross at the lights, despite having parked opposite Yeshivah. 

Leah Miriam koched in learning and teaching about Geulah and Moshiach. I remember her asking me to substitute her shiur when she was away and explaining the importance of having some home made chocolate cake on the table to make a bracha on before the shiur. 

There are so many memories, when we went to Albury together for Shavuos and for Chanukah. How she overcame many obstacles to organise public menorah lightings there. Leah Miriam loved going to Nshei conventions. She was a woman with a giant heart, her smile lit up her face. I remember how excited she was to tell me about going to my parents home for Sheva Brochos in Manchester and how much she appreciated the care my mother had shown her. 

May she be a melitz yosher for all klal Yisroel and beg for the complete Geulah to be revealed now.

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

May Hashem bless you all with no more pain and only good news to share from now on,

Miriam and Yosef Yitzchok Cohen 

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