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Monday, April 20, 2009


My Saba passed away today.

He was 92.

A US Army veteran, who, along with (תבדלטו"א) Savta, raised 5 children, 17 grandchildren (of whom I am the eldest), and many great-grandchildren בלי עין הרע, Saba will be greatly missed.

The amazing thing about Saba is that despite his becoming a Shomer Shabbat late in life, ALL of his descendants are B"H Shomerei Torah Umitzvot. Many of his descendants have Semicha or married people who got Semicha. My Saba had a special Zechut.

My grandparents retired to Israel in the '80s because of Saba's great love of Eretz Yisrael. He and (תבדלטו"א) Savta left all their numerous friends and relatives in the US and came to settle in the land that they knew was their home, which was not an easy task. He was even an admirer of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane Z"L at a time when it was unpopular to do so.

I had the special privilege to speak with Saba over the phone just hours before his passing. He repeatedly told me, "Everything will be OK". Now that he has passed, I am not privy to know the true meaning of his words.

I have many more personal memories of Saba, but they are out of the scope of this post.

May his memory be a blessing. יהי זכרו ברוך.


At Mon Apr 20, 06:39:00 AM 2009, Blogger Rafi G. said...

ברוך דיין האמת

At Mon Apr 20, 07:38:00 AM 2009, Blogger גילוי said...

מן השמים תנוחם

At Mon Apr 20, 09:42:00 AM 2009, Anonymous Nehama said...

beautiful yaak.

At Mon Apr 20, 03:27:00 PM 2009, Blogger Neshama said...

Baruch Dayan HaEmes

So sorry Yaak. Tell us more about Saba

At Mon Apr 20, 04:28:00 PM 2009, Blogger yaak said...

Thank you everyone.


He was kind to everyone, especially my grandmother. He always played and joked with us grandkids, and I never heard a harsh word from his lips. Simply, a great man.

At Tue Apr 21, 02:07:00 AM 2009, Blogger HarDov said...


im a bnei noach, from Honduras.

im sorry Yak

At Wed Apr 22, 09:56:00 AM 2009, Blogger Cosmic X said...

יהי זכרו ברוך

At Thu Apr 30, 11:59:00 AM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that the Shiva went alright..Take care.. and take your time.

Best Wishes,



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