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Peretz Sontag Found Dead, Will Be Buried in Israel

Peretz Sontag of New York has been found dead and will be buried in Israel.

Peretz Sontag of New York has been found dead and will be buried in Israel.
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Peretz Sontag, a widely respected Orthodox Jew from Monsey who has been missing for 10 days, was found dead in his car that crashed over a ravine.

Police are not treating the death as a suicide. After he was reported missing, police said that Sontag had been depressed and indicated he might harm himself. His business reportedly has been failing.

Funerals services for the father of seven are to be held Monday afternoon and the burial will take place in Israel, where he once lived before returning to Rockland County.

Legislator Aaron Wieder, who was active in the search for Sontag, said volunteers had combed the area where his body was found by a hiker. Sontag’s car saw the vehicle, which was not in clear view to passersby because of the depth of the ravine and the closure of a nearby road.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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20 Responses to “Peretz Sontag Found Dead, Will Be Buried in Israel”

  1. Yeshaya Danny Moskowitz says:

    This article needs some serious editing.

  2. A young, respected Jew dies leaving 7 children orphaned, and you're concern is how the article reads? I think you have your values a bit askew. Baruch Dayan Haemet.

  3. Rosally Saltsman I am an American trying to learn more About Israel every day. Who was this person and why is he so important?

  4. Ross Anderson this man was from New York not Israel and he was one of the upstanding citizens of his community.
    Every Jew is considered important.

  5. Rosally Saltsman I thought he was Israely? I seen this and thought that he was: Funerals services for the father of seven are to be held Monday afternoon and the burial will take place in Israel, where he once lived before returning to Rockland County.

    Why are Jews important? I thought every "person" was equally important. I was thinking that he was a different kind of important.

  6. Ronny Mol says:

    BORUCH DAYAN EMET.

  7. Ronny Mol says:

    On a separate subject. If you do NOT have a high level of Bitachon, you need life insurance. Subject to think about when you hear about death and leaving a wife and children behind. No I am NOT a life insurance salesman. I heard a shiur about whether to have life insurance or not and that was the conclusion.

  8. Boruch Dayan Emes.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Barukh Dayan Emet. His soul should rest in peace.

  10. Ben Genya says:

    Why are Jews important? I thought every "person" was equally important. I was thinking that he was a different kind of important

    You come to a Jewish site making a comment like that? Wow, talk about insensitive. I'm sure this man was important to his wife and 7 children and to his community where he was important.

  11. No Sir – I think I am being misunderstood. I am not trying to be insensitive. I am trying to gain understanding. Please observe what Rosally Saltsman stated to see why I have replied with my remark. I am being genuine about my question. Who was this man? What did he do?

    Obviously he is important – if I died, I do not think that my death would make the news in this manner. Why is he different and why does his community view him as important.

    Firefighters, Police officers, Post officers, Doctors; all of these are important roles that people perform. Perhaps I should ask it in this manner – what distinguishes him from others that sets him above and apart from the ordinary?

  12. Ben, I don't think Ross is being insensitive. When a non-Jewish person takes an interest in Jews and Israel we have to look at that in a good light. Especially considering all the antiSemitism and Anti-Israel out there. I thnk he's asking seriously why Jews consider every other Jew important. It's because the highest value of Judaism is caring for other Jews who are like our brothers and sisters becuase we are all God's children and part of the Divine light and Divine mission. We are one nation and each of us is spark of the Divine. Jews are commanded to transgress all but 3 of the 613 commandments to prolong a life for even a moment. That's for everyone. I didn't know this man personally but from what has been written he was a pillar of his community and a beloved neighbor and family man. Ross, it is common for Jews to buy burial plots in Israel even if they don't live there.

  13. Ross, Jews are considered (both by themselves and others) as the Chosen People and a Light Unto the Nations. Read Mark Twain's essay about the Jews and any Book about Judaism.

  14. ooh my – I didn't know this. I absolutely had no clue. As for not knowing – you are right. I do understand the Bible and I do know that I am a Gentile. I know this much.

    As I have lived my life I have come to understand that I know very little abot a lot. There are things that I really want to know. There are things that I really wished that I could have done.

    I was a soldier and I am a Christian and I know that this belief runs counter to Judaism at times… but I am not here to debate that – I just want to learn.

    I do accept the the fact that you are Gods chosen people. This I do not deny. I do not mock God and I do not mock his people. It is a privledge to have this conversation and is thus why I do ask the question.

    I speculated as to what this man did that made him distinctive. I now have a better appreciation and understanding. Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me on the matter and for the family of this person I do apologize… I am certain that my questions are not appreciated as a forum on this post. Please accept my humble apology.

    Please and thank you.

  15. Ross Anderson humility is considered a very high level of spirituality and you obviously are very humble. There is a concept of every Jew being a guarantor for every other Jew and when one is in trouble we try and help and pray for one another. I'm sure you've noticed that Israel is the first to respond with emergency services anytime there is a natural disastor anywhere in the world. Thank you for trying to learn more about the Jewish people. You are obviously a righteous gentile.

  16. That's an insane thing to say. You need life insurance with bitachon or without- everyone will die and you have no idea when your time will be or how many dependents you will have at the time.

  17. Doris Jaffe says:

    BDE. May Perretz Sontag's holy neshama have an Aliyah in Gan Eden where he will be meilitz yosher for hisfamily. Hamakom yenachem eschem bsoch sha'ar aveilei Tziyon v'Yerushalayim.

  18. Ronny Mol says:

    Dear Elisheva Avital , Explain what is Emunah and then what is Bitachon and I will, bli neder, answer you what I heard in a shiur on Rabbeinu Yonah. As the Gemara says "Happy is the man (person) who hears and ignores a hundred evils pass him by" (meaning people NOT just men). I am sorry if I upset you.

  19. I knew Peretz Sontag. A gentleman. The error in the article was that Peretz lived in Pomona, Hidden Valley not Monsey.

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