she would go and fetch a block of ice or fill a prescription she behaved like a real nurse.
[Photo:] Seated, from right to left: Hershel Chaim and Khasha Levin, Moshe Naftali Bronner Walinsky and Chaikel Milner. Standing from right to left: Dina Kharsel, Tenenbaum and his wife Golda; Feitsha Vichnes and Moshe Naftali's grandson. The children in front: Berele Vichnes and Chaikel's grandson. R. Moshe Naftali had 10 children: Yeshayahu, David, Yitzchak, Leib Chaim, Khasha Levin, Chava Milner, Sarah Kharsel, Liba, Golda and Feitsha Vichnes.
Khasha worked with superhuman powers during the typhus epidemic during the First World War. She didn't worry about contracting the terrible disease and would sit day and night with patients in the hospital and private homes to try to alleviate their suffering. She showed the same concern for a poor bride to help her with her outfit or for getting food for a poor Jewish family.
A couple of years after the First World War, Hershel Chaim and Khasha emigrated to Palestine and settled in Rishon Lezion, where they continued their holy work. Rabbi Yisrael Halevy Beeri (Kolodner), the rabbi of Nes Ziona in Palestine wrote us about Khasha's life and death in Palestine:
"On Wednesday, 26 Shevat 5713 [Feb. 13, 1953], the great righteous woman, Khasha Levin, passed away while she was carrying a glass of tea for a lonely woman in a nursing home; Khasha suddenly fell and died. She was a wonderful person who never lived for herself, but only for others. Anyone who knew her will praise her name.
She'll be remembered by her nephews who she brought to Palestine and married off. She'll be remembered by yeshivas and charity institutions for collecting large sums of money; she'll be remembered by the synagogues in Rishon Lezion for her contribution for a Torah scroll and expensive Vilna edition of the Talmud. She'll be remembered by guests who used to come to Rishon Lezion and receive food, drink and lodging at her home, etc."
R. Hershel Chaim died in Tevet [January], 1937 in Rishon Lezion. He was originally from the town of Khomsk.
Chaikel Milner, a son of Yisrael David and Chana Milner, was born in Drohitchin in 1870, and was educated by religious tutors in town. In 1890 he married Chava, the daughter of R. Moshe Naftali Volinsky. Chaikel and his brother-in-law, Yisrael Eliezer Charsel, were the owners of a large steam mill, the first in the region. Chaikel was a member of the administration of the Folks Bank, the Community Council, the burial society and other organizations. Since 1934 Chaikel [has been living] in Tel Aviv.
The Milners had six children: Golda Wisotsky, Yosef, Ze'ev, Shifra Saratshik, Yitzchak and Shmuel. Yosef was in Renenkampf's Russian army when it entered East Prussia, and was killed in action.
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