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A memorial candle in Tzfat

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.

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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.

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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 Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.