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A memorial candle lit on a grave in an ancient cemetery in Tzefat (Safed.)

The founder of a small miracle that grew into a worldwide phenomenon without which thousands of struggling Jews truly might not be able to make a Shabbos meal, has died.

Yehoshua Hershkowitz, a survivor of Dachau, was age 92 when he died last Monday, 42 years after he gathered a few friends at his Brooklyn home to put together the items needy local Jewish families required in order to make a Shabbos meal.


The boxes were dropped off anonymously at each family without fanfare on Thursday night, in plenty of time for preparation prior to the Sabbath.

Thus was Tomche Shabbos born in 1975, and a mansion built in heaven for the future from the countless mitzvot performed by a humble man who accepted no honors for his work.

Baruch HaDayan HaEmes.