Apr 22, 2012
Rabbi Yeshaya Schtroks, 55, OBM
London born Rabbi Yeshaya Schtroks, a beloved senior teacher in Morristown, NJ, passed away suddenly in his sleep. Levaya: Monday in New York.
By COLlive reporter
The Lubavitch community in Morristown, NJ, found itself in deep devastation Sunday morning after hearing about the sudden passing of its long-time role model, Rabbi Yeshaya Schtroks.
For over 26 years, Rabbi Schtroks has been the teacher of grade 6 at Cheder Lubavitch in the town and was highly regarded and respected by parents and students alike.
"Many of our children were students of Rabbi Schtroks," one mother told COLlive.com, still shaken by the news. "He was more than a teacher. He was a mentor and an inspiration."
Thousands have come through his class over the years, learning and looking up to him as a Chassidish man who has conducted his life with sincerity and integrity.
Rabbi Schtroks taught his students to love Torah and Mitzvos and was known as a gifted baal menagen with a beautiful voice, all while he himself was not a stranger to challenges and struggles in his life.
Around 8 years ago, his wife Mrs. Leah Schtroks (nee Greenwald), who also was a dedicated teacher in Morristown, passed away from 'yene machla.'
Teaching and educating was a duty he learned from his parents who were of the founding families of the Chabad in England after immigrating from the Soviet Union. His father, Rabbi Ovadia Schtroks OBM, taught for many years at Bais Lubavitch in London.
New Jersey Shliach Rabbi Mendy Solomon, who directed the Morristown cheder for many years, described Rabbi Avrohom Yeshayah Schtroks as "the quintessential melamed that is hard to find today. He was very 'old school' in the good sense of the word."
This past Shabbos, Rabbi Schtroks fulfilled his regular duties as Gabbai of Congregation Levi Yitzchok, the Chabad shul in Morristown which has seen recent growth with the dedication of a new Torah. He was chazzan for musaf and inspired congregants with his davening.
On Motzoei Shabbos, he went to sleep and didn't wake leaving a large Chabad family, students and alumni and many friends from around the world in a state of shock and devastation.
"The loss is immeasurable," one of his friends told COLlive.
A funeral procession took place in Morristown Sunday with students of his grade joining community members coming out in the rain to bid him farewell.
Educator Rabbi Zalman Markowitz, who has worked closely with Rabbi Schtroks, spoke to boys and explained how to ask mechila - forgiveness.
He reminded them of their dear teacher's last words when he spoke with great passion and emotion about the 28th of Nissan, the day the Rebbe "gave over" responsibilities to the chassidim.
The body was taken to New York where a levaya will start on Monday, 9:30 am from Shomrei Hadas Chapels in Boro Park and at 10:30 am will pass by 770 Eastern Parkway.
He is surived by his children Mrs. Tziporah Klein - Detroit, R' Yosef Yitzchok Schtroks - Crown Heights, Mendel Schtroks, Sholom Ber Schtroks, Schneur Zalman Schtroks, Shmuel Schtroks and Levi Schtroks, all of Morristown.
He is also survived by his second wife Suri Schtroks (nee Raskin) and her children, his mother Musia Schtroks and siblings Rabbis Yosef Yitzchok - London, England; Nochum - Crown Heights; Yonason Falik - Surrey, BC; Mendel - Kolon, Germany; Mrs. Bluma Perl - Long Island, NY; Mrs. Fruma Weg, Mrs. Sheindel Levertov and Mrs. Nechama Dina Reinitz, all of Crown Heights.
Not all family members (including his mother) have been notified yet about the tragedy. The family asked to please use caution when calling the family till Monday afternoon.
Mrs. Suri Schtroks and his children Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schtroks, Mrs. Tzippora Klyne, Mendel, Sholom Ber, Shneur Zalman, Shmulik, and Levi
and siblings: Rabbi Falik Schtroks, Mrs. Bluma Perl, Mrs. Sheindel Levertov, and Mrs. Nechama Reinitz will be sitting at 12 Tikvah Way, Morristown NJ
Shacharis: 6:45, 8:15, two minyanim at 9:15, two minyanim at 9:45
Mincha: two minyanim at 2:00pm, two minyanim at 3:00pm and two at 7:30pm
Mrs. Sheindel Levertov and Nechama Reinitz will be sitting in Crown Heights at 1572 President street on Friday and Motzei Shabbos until 10:30 pm.
Mrs. Bluma Perl will be sitting in her home - Chabad of Mineola, 261 Willis ave, Mineola Friday and Motzei Shabbos: until 10:30pm
Rabbi Yossell and Mendel Schtroks and Mrs. Fruma Weg will be sitting in London, England
call 44 208 806 1674 for location
As of now his mother and parents-in-law have not been informed yet. Please use caution when speaking with the family.
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Baruch dayan haemes.