Jan 23, 2013
Mrs. Rochel Leah Krichevsky, OBM

Mrs. Rochel Krichevsky of Israel, who risked her life for Chassidim on the run in Soviet Russia for many years, passed away on Yud Shvat.

Mrs. Rochel (Rochel Leah) Krichevsky of Israel, who risked her life for Chassidim on the run in Soviet Russia for many years, passed away on Yud Shvat.

She was the daughter of the Chossid Reb Zeev Volf (Velvel) Shteingart, who was sentenced to jail in Russia for 22 years, and his wife Chana (nee Chein). She was the granddaughter of the famed Chossid Reb Meir Simcha Chein.

Together with her husband, R Yakov (Yani) Krichevsky, she risked her life both for Yiddishkeit in Russia and to help save the lives of Yidden there. Despite the danger involved, she opened her home to many Chassidim who were on the run from the Soviet authorities. Once in Israel, she continued to help Yidden and strengthen Yiddishkeit in Russia. She also supported Chabad Shluchim and moisdos in many places around the world.

Her Levaya was on Yud Shvat.

She is survived by her husband, R Yakov (Yani) Krichevsky, her sons, R Mendel Krichevsky, Sholom Ber Krichevsky and Mattisyahu Krichevsky, grandchildren that are shluchim of the Rebbe all over the world, and great-grandchildren.

The family can be reached by phone at 011-972-35703254 (035703254) (call is to Israel, please keep time difference in mind) or by e-mail at nichumrls@gmail.com.

If you have anything to share about her (stories, photos), the family would greatly appreciate it if you would send them to nichumrls@gmail.com

Baruch Dayan Haemes.

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We will miss her dearly
She was such a special person
Lots of kindness and smart, and she got stuff done
May Hashem give her family strength during this difficult time
(1/23/2013 3:55:57 PM)
gotta keep ur head up
Baruch Dayin Hoemes
(1/23/2013 4:00:08 PM)
A Rare Degree Of Nobility

She and her husband " are people of Mesirs Nefesh to a degree that we read about in the seforim of Toldos Chabad. No attention sought, just purpose of duty and ultimate devotion to the Rebbe at the risk of life itself.

While it is noble of such people to choose that they be unannounced it is nevertheless the desire of those whose lives have been saved or sustained by them to offer gratitude (especially at the time of their passing). Many Chabad families have been helped and touched by the chessed and sacrifice of Yane and Rochel Krichevsky and we wish to recognize (we all know who we are) that the reality of us seeing the next generation of our families is to the credit of these amazing people. The fact that so few know or are even are aware of their enormous impact is but a testimony of the profound degree of their nobility.

May her very special husband ' and her entire family find nechoma in her outstanding life in which she served the cause of our Rabeyim to the highest order. Such mesiras nefesh is an inspiration and lesson to us all.

(1/23/2013 4:03:20 PM)
Moumeh Rochel...
To us Moumeh Rochel, as we called her, was a warm, caring family person. she was so proud of her children and grandchildren and gave of herself in every way without fanfare. We shall miss her insight, impish smile and sharp wit. She certainly departed with much tzaidah la'derech- countless mitzvohs that she and her husband, our dear "fetter", he should live and be well l'areechus yomim v'shonim tovos,shared together l'tovas the klal . May we be zocheh to v'haikeetzu v'ranenu taikef u'meeyad mamosh.
(1/23/2013 5:24:33 PM)
We love you
We are so lucky to have known you
You inspired us and we hope we can live up to what you have taught us
(1/23/2013 8:06:26 PM)
A real special woman.
The amount of people she and her husband, " saved both physically and spiritually is unimaginable. She is a true example of how a chossid should be completely given over to the Rebbe and Chabad Chassidus as a whole. The world was lucky to have the honor and merit to have a woman of such stature. She will be sorely missed. May we try to continue her special and holy work and make her, the Rebbe and Hashem proud. May we merit to be reunited with Rochel with Moshiach speedily in our days.

Hamokom Yenakem Eschem Besoch Sha'ar Avelei Tzion V'Yrushalayim.
(1/23/2013 8:45:13 PM)
She saw things that needed to be done and did them.
It didn't matter if it wasn't the easiest, safest or most pleasant thing to do.
We all have a lot to learn from her.
(1/23/2013 9:40:20 PM)
she had amazing hachnosas orchim
plus there was no way you would walk in to her house and leave hungry (unless you refused to eat :-))
she did this even when it wasn't so easy for her
May she soar to the greatest heights in Gan Eden and be a gute beter for us all
Please come back right away with Moshiach
The world isn't the same place without you dearest
(1/23/2013 9:43:41 PM)
bezechus nashim tzidkanious
Rochel leah bas chana was a strong intuitive woman who was an eizer kenegdo that was an akeres habayis in the great tradition of the chein woman. she laid her life on the line and endangered her family welfare to hide feed and shelter in times of serious threat and danger under the communist regime. her beautiful emerald green eyes observed everything, but focused on the positive.. her love was unconditional but her support was practical. she was a pillar of virtue and a shining reflection of the values that define chabad mesiras nefesh moral integrity and emunah. may the revelation of moshiach speedily reunite her as she joins with miriam haneviah this shabbos shirah n o w.
(1/23/2013 10:06:35 PM)
to #9
you wrote that so beautifully
made me tear
it is all so, so true
what a woman....
(1/23/2013 11:38:41 PM)
Mume Rochel
Though Mume Rochel never sought recognition for her immeasurable deeds of mesiras nefesh, Hashem himself chose to let the world know who she truly was: the significance of the fact that her neshama returned to its Maker on Yud Shvat is a clear testimony to her ahavas yisroel, mesiras nefesh and devotion to chasidim.
Mume Rochel was very perceptive and an excellent judge of character. The love she gave was "ahava sheino tluyo bedavar". Rochel could have lived a life of relative comfort, establishing a Jewish home for her husband and sons, which in Russia was hard enough. Instead, she and her husband chose to establish a warm haven, where they provided for physical and spiritual needs for many fellow mesiras nefesh yidden.
Yehai Zichro Baruch!
(1/24/2013 2:14:30 AM)
A N example to all of how to practice ahavas yisroel
(1/24/2013 7:52:56 PM)
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