Good Bye, NY Jewish Week, and Thank You for All the Stories

The world of Jewish publishing should be a ride in Disneyland: a haunted house where the walls keep pressing in and the floor is creaking open.

Yehuda Wachsman, z’l, 73, Father of Murdered IDF Soldier

“Yehuda chose life. He educated and taught values, Torah and love of the people and the land."

Prof. Zeev Sternhell, Fervent Enemy of Jewish Life in Liberated Territories, Dead at 85

On September 25, 2008, Sternhell was the victim of a pipe bomb attack at his home, and was injured in the leg and hospitalized.

Body of IDF Staff Sergeant Adiel Binyamin Fishler, z’l, Found

Military police have opened an investigation into the incident.

Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, Leader of Modern Orthodoxy, Passes Away At 92

Dr. Lamm, the personification of what YU stood for, was the spokesman for its values and had a vision for how to further things along, which he projected to the outside world.

Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm, z”l Passes Away

"He was hero of Diaspora Jewry in the US and built up its relations with Israel. He was a gifted orator, a visionary leader ... and a kind man."

IDF Soldier, 21, Killed in Action by Arab Terrorist

The terrorist threw down a large stone onto Amit Ben-Yigal's head from above, while his unit was searching for a group of terrorists in the town.

Jerry Stiller Who Gave Us Frank Costanza, Arthur Spooner, Dead at 92

His wife Anne converted to Judaism six years after the wedding and insisted that she did not convert under pressure from her husband.

Rosh Yeshiva, Advocate of Giyur K’halacha, Yoatzot Halacha, Rabbi Nahum Rabinovitch Dies at 92

Rabbi Rabinovitch was a staunch supporter of Nishmat, the only institution in Israel that certifies women as yoatzot halacha – halachic advisors.

Law Professor and Jewish Community Leader Marvin Schick Dead at 85

Schick, whose writings appeared in The Jewish Press, founded the National Jewish Commission on Law and Public Affairs (COLPA) in 1965, and served as its first president.

Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Haber, 55

Rabbi Haber was a victim of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Rebbetzin Faiga Korenblit, 96, OBM

Rebbetzin Faiga Korenblit, a longtime resident of Flatbush and beloved Rebbetzin of Ohel Moshe Chevra Thilim Lubavitch Shul, passed away on Shabbos.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Noach Dear, 67, Dies from COVID-19

“Judge Dear had a certain energetic, colorful persona that epitomized the great diversity . . . He will be sorely missed."
Former Chief Rabbi ELiyahu Bakshi Doron in court.

Former Chief Sephardic Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, zt’l, Dies of COVID-19

The Rabbi was admitted to the hospital last week for symptoms of the virus.

Head of Agudath Israel, the Novominsker Rebbe, Succumbs to the Coronavirus at 89

After 9/11, Newsweek quoted him as saying: "Today, the world is not the same as it was yesterday. If we are the same as we were yesterday, then it is pure folly."

Mix-Up Leads to Wrong Coronavirus Funeral in New York

“I’m sorry,” he told the shocked family. “We took out the wrong casket. Please wait while I return this casket and bring out Mr. Grunwald.”

Rabbi Josef Neumann Who Was Stabbed on Chanukah in Monsey Dead at 72

The charges against his assailant are expected to be elevated to murder in the 2nd degree.

Rabbi Avraham HaKohen ‘Romi’ Cohen, z’l, Famed Partisan, Mohel, Succumbs to COVID-19

COVID-19 claimed another treasured member of the Jewish community, a famed Holocaust survivor and Staten Island mohel.

Aryeh Even, 88, First Israeli Who Died of Coronavirus

The health ministry refused to test the old age home's residents, saying it would only do the tests when symptoms started to appear.

Milan Jewish Leader Michele Sciama Succumbs to Coronavirus at 79

He was driven by "an overwhelming force, a fire that animated him and that forced those around him to share his planning.

Former Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal Passes Away at 67

“Eli built Sderot as a metropolis in Israel… The people of Israel will remember him as one of its special sons.”

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Dead at 92

His death came when the deposed iron-fisted ruler of Egypt couldn't have been more cognizant of his complete rejection by his former subjects.

Yerachmiel (Rocky) Zweig, z’l, Co-Founder of Neginah Orchestra Passes Away

Born in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, he spent most of his life in Midwood, and co-founded the Neginah Orchestra in 1970.

Kirk Douglas Dead at 103

Douglas pointed out that his films The Juggler (1953), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), and Remembrance of Love (1982), were about "a Jew who doesn't think of himself as one, and eventually finds his Jewishness."

The Night Kobe Bryant Said He Wouldn’t Mind being Jewish

It boggles the mind that Maccabi Tel Aviv had a chance to count the amazing Kobe Bryant in its ranks – and he already looked fantastic in a yellow uniform…

Chabad-Lubavitch Kashruth Supervisor Yossi Bialo, 34, z’l

Rabbi Bialo is survived by his wife Elli and their two young children.

Geula Cohen Was Right

Geula Cohen, brave woman, you were right and so many of us were dead wrong. Which is why so many of us are dead, before our time.

Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, Head of Bnei Brak Rabbinical Court, Passes Away

The Shas Torah Council of Scholars said in a statement, "The world of Torah and Halakha lost one of the great halachic ajudicators of the generation."

Justice Meir Shamgar Who Investigated Baruch Goldstein Killings, Rabin’s Murder, Dead at 94

"The state is not the property of those who are living in it today," Shamgar declared. "They are just the beginning of the message of the salvation of the children of Israel."

Former French President Jacques Chirac, Dead at 86

Chirac visited the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Western Wall, on October 22, 1996, in the second year of his first term in office.

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