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Well-known Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yekutiel Menachem Rapp, 66, was struck and killed Monday night by a hit-and-run driver in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (Yud-Beis Tamus, June 29.)

The rabbi was struck near the crosswalk on Empire Boulevard and Balfour Place while standing and waiting for a ride to the yeshiva, Crown reported. According to the report, a livery cab driver struck the rabbi while reversing out of a parking spot.


Although emergency responders arrived immediately and rushed him to nearby Kings County Hospital, he passed away shortly after.

Rabbi Rapp served as a Mashgiach and Mashpiah (administrator and spiritual guide) in Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva in the World Lubavitch Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway.

The rabbi was a beloved and prominent figure in the community. He often quoted the views of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the importance of keeping Israel safe by refraining from negotiating land swaps for peace.

He is survived by his wife, Fayge, and their children Chaya Mushka Moskowitz, Chanie, Yossi and Shneur Zalman, all of Crown Heights. He is also survied by his elderly mother, who lives in Israel.

Baruch Dayan HaEmes.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. We will pray for his soul, but I want to tell something very important in the Arab countries and in Egypt where I was born all my family from father and mother were very Jewish, realy ortodoks, but they facnever let their Jewish borders appear out of their clothes, and never when out of the sinagogues with their kipot. And believe me we were very Jews. The ladies also. So whay the Lubavitcher has to use everything out of their clothes to show their Judaism all over the world here in Brasil also.?

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