R’ Moshe Hecht, a Lubavitcher cantor who prayed at numerous synagogues in Brooklyn, passed away Monday, Elul 4 5769.
He was 77 and lived in Boro Park.
Recognized for his powerful voice, Hecht was a chazzan at Baron Hirsch Synagogue, Ocean View Jewish Center and many more.
“His passion was to bring the Rebbe’s word through chazzanus,” a family member told COLlive.
Hecht did so by sharing a Chasidic thought before concerts and at the Shuls before he prayed.
Born in Tzanz (Nowy Sącz), a town in southern Poland, to a Chasidic family, Hecht’s melamed (teacher) at Cheder was a Lubavitcher.
When the family emigrated to America, Moshe and his brothers Shmuel OBM and Yechiel were sent to the Lubavitch Yeshiva at Bedford and Dean in Brooklyn.
Their teachers were the revered Rabbis Yitzchak Dov Ushpal and Mordechai Mentlick, both OBM.
Moshe Hecht married Sara Rivkah Chesir (she passed away 6 years ago) and in 1959 they moved to Boro Park, where he made sure to spread the “message of Moshiach.”
He is survived by his sons, Rabbi Yitzchak Hecht of Crown Heights, and Shliach Rabbi Boruch Hecht of Brentwood, CA, and daughters Shlucha Mrs. Chana Shaina Gurevitch of Frankfurt, Germany, Mrs. Nina Rubin and Mrs. Kaila Goldring of Boro Park.
The Levaya will take place Monday, leaving Shomrei Hadas at 1:00 pm and passing by 770 at 2:00 pm.