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    A Tearful ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’

    Hong Kong Shlucha Lifshy Ajzenszmidt got choked up while filming an Ice Bucket Challenge clip in support of those with ALS. Full Story, Video

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    Lifshy!
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    Lifshy!

    Simply amazing! May your father smile down with nachas!

    wow such encouragement
    Guest
    wow such encouragement

    lifshy truly amazing video . your father was a true example of biker cholim

    I'm crying my eyes out
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    I'm crying my eyes out

    what a beautiful tribute to your father. he raised a special young woman. May his neshama have an aliya.

    Inspired!
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    Inspired!

    What a brave young woman! In your zchus for sharing your story and taking on the ice bucket challenge may all the sick have a Refuah Shleimah with Moshiach Now !

    amazing person
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    amazing person

    Shmuel was such a warm and caring person. Thank you for posting and helping us remember.

    Lifshers! what an amazing tribute you've done!
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    Lifshers! what an amazing tribute you've done!

    Beautiful! Made me cry…!
    This is the only ice bucket challenge that has true emotion in it!

    Your Aba is for sure looking down at his little girl and is beaming with pride at what you have become!
    Im sure he’s proud of you, your siblings and his granchildren and has much Naches!

    May we merit to see him bekarov mamesh NOW with the coming of Moshiach!

    Lifshy you are such an inspiration
    Guest
    Lifshy you are such an inspiration

    Thanks for bringing meaning into this challenge!
    -friend from your Bais Chana days

    chesed
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    chesed

    your father dedicated his life for bikor cholim . I remember your father would be in kings brook feeding the sick patients ,and he would stay around until all patients would be back up stairs . He would come home every shabbos around 3pm. He once told me he got an incredible offer to be a chazan for the entire year . They wanted to pay him almost 100k . I ask him why didn’t you take the offer? He said the sick patients go before everything ,and they need me . When he was sick in his advanced stage… Read more »

    Wow!
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    Wow!

    I am at a lost for words! Thank you for sharing your moving story with so many and adding a whole new dimension to this challenge. May Yitzy Hurwitz and all those suffering be healed!

    inspiration and beyond
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    inspiration and beyond

    Wow this was truly inspirational and full of love . May we merit to see Shmuel tanchum again and all our loved ones. Only bracha and good should be upon us all klal yisreal

    Judy London Uk
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    Judy London Uk

    Incredibly moving! Proof when you speak from the heart it enters the heart! Your father is surely smiling down on you and your precious family!

    wow
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    wow

    Wow number eight that’s amazing

    I remember....
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    I remember....

    Shmuel would point up in complete recognition and utter submission to g-d and his great plan.
    His whole life was filled with simcha. I never saw him without a smile. It carried all the way through his life.
    May shmuel tanchum’s neshama have an Aliya, and much Nachas from his beautiful family!

    Ch mom
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    Ch mom

    I remember your father when he worked in Kehos. What a wonderful man. Your video made me cry but what a special video it was! May your father’s neshama have an Aliya!

    i am in tears
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    i am in tears

    Thank you very much for sharing your story with us

    Really inspiring!
    Guest
    Really inspiring!

    Thank you for expressing yourself with such honesty!

    Worcester
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    Worcester

    Go Lifshy! We’re so proud of you!

    Your father
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    Your father

    Your father was a very special man. He was truly loved by anyone who dealt with him at Kehos. A happy man!

    I knew your father!
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    I knew your father!

    He was good man. Always kind friendly and with a smile.

    I'm a shliach
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    I'm a shliach

    When ever I walked into kehos it was a joy to see your father a wonderful chsid

    b'simcha
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    b'simcha

    You spoke beautifully. You are so filled with SIMCHA in everything about your life….Baruch Hashem…and Shmuel, Z’L, lived his final years in joy, finding Simcha everywhere! He faced his upcoming return to Hashem with the utmost happiness as well! May your life with your beloved family be filled with Bracha, joys, and health in Simcha! I love you. You remind me of your dad in many ways. I love you.

    thanks for sharing
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    thanks for sharing

    sharing your emotions and personal story is a gift that will help countless people. Your father was very special. I remember coming to Kehos to buy stuff and he would always have the Rebbe speaking on tapes, listening while waiting for the customers to finish browsing. He was sooo helpful always with a smile and respect. I am happy for the nachas he is getting from you, may you be reunited with him very soon.

    Affected Bochur
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    Affected Bochur

    Thank you for bringing this message to the masses. The Chabad community is generally familiar with ALS because of the experience of Yitzi Hurwitz, but the point of the ice bucket challenge is one which I feel is often lost on the audience. My father passed away following a 3 year struggle with ALS when I was 6 months old. Throughout my life I have been almost jealous of other diseases, those that receive more press and more money. ALS is finally receiving the attention it deserves, and I hope that people get the message and act. The words of… Read more »

    Geulah
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    Geulah

    May we merit the complete GEULAH with MOSHIACH
    speedily in our days when all the beloved relatives will be
    re-united at Tchiyas Hameisim

    Hashem!
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    Hashem!

    I’m crying away. What a privilege to have such a magnificent, loving daughter.

    יהי רצון שכבר היום תבוא בפועל ובגלוי הגאולה האמיתית והשלימה

    Inspiring
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    Inspiring

    You truly are an inspiration. May your fathers neshoma have an Aliya and moshiach come now

    wait
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    wait

    i didn’t manage to watch the whole thing..it kept skipping parts. whats the ice bucket challenge? why was she pouring ice onto her head?

    Londoner
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    Londoner

    Bless her! Lifshy spoke so well. Thank you for bringing the awareness to even greater heights. Bless you and your family and wishing your father Much Nachas in Gan Eiden! Refuah May he be back here, with Moshiach NOW! And Refuah Sheliama to all Yidden who are struggling with any type of illness. Moshiach’s revelation NOW!

    What a beautiful and brave tribute...
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    What a beautiful and brave tribute...

    May your family be blessed only with simchas and may all those who need a refuah, be blessed with a complete and speedy one.

    You are a testament to your father’s greatness.

    Lifshy!!!
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    Lifshy!!!

    We’re so proud of you!!
    -Worcester Family

    Beautiful
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    Beautiful

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    I am in awe
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    I am in awe

    You have a smile and light that shines through your tears. I’m sure your father must be so proud of you. I am very grateful to you for making this video, I’m sure it was not easy. May Hashem bless you with joy and light forever.
    Dina Hurwitz

    thank you for the honesty
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    thank you for the honesty

    thank you for sharing! thank you for inspiring us !

    WOW!!
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    WOW!!

    Lifshy, you are an inspiration to us all!! may we merit the ultimate redemption now!

    touched
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    touched

    lifshy you spoke so beautifully !! your father was so special , always gave everyone his full attention and love . may you continue to make him proud

    also touched
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    also touched

    crying with you. thank you fro sharing

    special person, special daughter
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    special person, special daughter

    I remember your father from Shabbos mornings in kingsbrook, always so warm and jovial with the residents, and his beautiful family following his example. he surely has so much nachas from you- thank you for this special touching reminder!
    Miri from Melbourne

    Wow
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    Wow

    So beautiful. May your father have much nachas from his children and a complete and speedy recovery for Rabbi Yizi Horwowitz!!

    cold heads warm hearts
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    cold heads warm hearts

    “what comes from the heart, goes to the heart”

    A special man with a special family
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    A special man with a special family

    You family was such a special man.
    I know that your aunt and uncle tried every single thing they could – looking in ALL corners of the world – in hopes that they could find a nes!
    May your father have the highest aliya of all — Neshama b’guf with Moshiach Tzidkeinu

    Wow
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    Wow

    Specia!l thank you for sharing .your strength is admirable !

    chaim
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    chaim

    I don’t know you or your father but I’m inspired from your video and I sent a text today to 2 bachurim I know are going through a hard time due to someone in there family is sick asking them how there summer is going…

    Your father was a truly amazing man
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    Your father was a truly amazing man

    I last saw your father at Kehot to purchase an item. I was upset at the time. Your father said to me you always have a reason to smile. I walked out a different person, with a smile on my face. He was a very special person. He died on my birthday. May his neshama have an aliya. I am sure he is proud of all of you!

    SO TEARFUL
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    SO TEARFUL

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story of your late father. May his neshama have an Aliyah to the loftiest heights.
    PLEASE share your story on Face Book, so that ALL those doing this Ice Bucket thing can hear firsthand about ALS….both Jews & Non-Jews alike……people need to hear the real reality of this disease, not only the laughter of the icy water.
    May Yitzi Hurwitz & all those others suffering from Lou Gerigs Disease have a complete Refuah Shelaima; & May all your families only know of health & Simchas.
    Miriam Kessler (LA)

    besht shul in Ch
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    besht shul in Ch

    Is in his name!!!!

    Your father
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    Your father

    was so special. Even during his last days, he only wanted to know that everyone else was doing well. When he died I remember how the non-Jews on our block mourned him, because he was so considerate of them. Thanks for this reminder of how very special he was. Your former neighbor.

    batsheva/ long distance neighbor
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    batsheva/ long distance neighbor

    How I remember Shmuel Shochat was with a huge smile and a friendly word. Not merely a hihowareyou.He stopped and spent the time to hear the answer. He loved life, his family and wanted Moshiach more than anything. An honor to see his life continue on with beautiful cildren and aineklach.

    so sad
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    so sad

    May your tears open the gates of shamyim. So we can all rejoice in the ultimate geula!

    classmate
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    classmate

    Lifshy, I watched your video with tears in my eyes. I had no idea of all that you have gone through. Your father sounds like an extremely special and inspiring person. I am sure he is having tremendous nachas from all the good work you do on shlichus and in raising your growing family.

    Borrowing the terms from the ALS ice bucket challenge, may you and your family be showered with infinite buckets filled with hatzlacha, revealed good, and simchas. May we have moshiach now when we can all be reunited with our loved ones.

    Michy Rav-Noy
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    Michy Rav-Noy

    Bs”d
    Very very moving.
    Thank you.

    so moving
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    so moving

    thank you Lifshy for posting this video, it is beautiful
    i dont know you or your father, and i cried watching this
    im sure you are giving him much nachas!

    beautiful video
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    beautiful video

    Your father was an incredible person, his smile was infectious I remember being at the services when he was a Chazan it was amazing. I’ve never been to a Rosh Hashanna service since then that has been as amazing. I know he’s very proud of you. Wishing you and your family all the best.
    Love,
    Miriam Gardner

    Wow.
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    Wow.

    Dear Mrs Ajzenszmidt, Thank you so very much for sharing your feelings with the community. It was quite moving for me to hear your experience, understanding that we all can relate to it in some way or the other, be it a physically sick family member, or a loved one that isn’t doing well emotionally, etc. You showed us that it is important to speak out and express our feelings when we’ve had or are having something hurtful in our lives, knowing that it can help us cope with it all. I sure think that the Hong Kong community which… Read more »

    Shmuels Daughter
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    Shmuels Daughter

    . I am very touched by everyones responses. My father has touched so many peoples lives in so many ways. Unfortunatly my father had to die at a very young age. But no matter of how old a parent is when they pass away its always difficult. My father took his illness with happiness. always smiling even at the most toughest times. I pray to Hashem that there will be a cure for ALS so all that is suffereing from it will be cured. For the families that are dealing with a loved one with ALS Hashem should give you… Read more »

    Rabbi Shmuel Shochat
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    Rabbi Shmuel Shochat

    He used to run the minyan for all those not yet well at Kingsbrook Jewish Hospital and his childern would help get the all the Yiddisha patients to the shul in that facility and he would lead the services and have kiddush and sing chazzonus for everyone. He was a very holy man with a beautiful smile and I miss him dearly. All his kinderlach and family should have the best in all matters.

    smiling
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    smiling

    I used To babysit For you with Gila YOUR parents are were amazing people

    I’ve been crying watching your video remembering your father’s smile and how welcoming your mom always was
    Briendy Allouche ( Hurwitz

    child
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    child

    Thank you all for your kind words , it was very nice to read all the above comments

    astonishing
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    astonishing

    Lifshy you did an amazing job bringing the awareness of Lou gheric disease ALS. You really touched thousands of people. Your father who gave his life for bikur cholim made a huge impact of hundreds of sick patients. Lifsha who your named after was the mikva lady in crown heights. She used to prepare the mikva for the rebbe. When the rebbe finished he would put coins in the pushka ,and she would change the coins with dollars. When a woman couldn’t have children she would give them the rebbe coin.After they would have children. The mikva was in terrible… Read more »

    ליפשי!!!
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    ליפשי!!!

    ליפשי, בכיתי ביחד איתך!
    את גדולה מהחיים!
    ומלמדת אותי כל הזמן דברים חדשים על החיים..
    אוהבת

    This is really beautiful
    Guest
    This is really beautiful

    Your father was a great man.. thank you so much for posting

    Powerful!!!
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    Powerful!!!

    Im in tears…Thank you for sharing, May Hashem give you and your family good health and much joy and happiness.

    Moshiach Now!!

    ATT. 27
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    ATT. 27

    The ice bucket challenge was something that ppl were doing in order to help spread awareness of Als. So lifshy made a video of her experience of when our father was sick and passed away .
    23 I’m sorry about your father it must have been really hard and rough to go through ;(

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