By COLlive reporter
Dekel Levy, a young husband and father from Rehovot, Israel, passed away Tuesday, 28 Sivan, 5781 after many months of battling coronavirus.
He was 35.
Dekel contracted COVID in Shvat of this year, and was hospitalized in the ICU in critical condition.
A day after he was hospitalized, a Kinus of Torah, Tefillah and Tzedaka was held in his merit live from the Ohel. Many around the world prayed for his recovery, and indeed, after a month in critical condition, he awoke from a coma and his condition began to improve.
Members of his Shul in Rehovot burst into joyful dancing in the Shul courtyard upon hearing the news.
Sadly, about a month later, his condition deteriorated again and he was once again sedated and placed on a respirator. He passed away last night.
Rabbi Yechiel Gluckowsky, Rabbi of the Rehovot young community, told COL, “Dekel was the heart of the community. He was always the first one to get involved in every Chesed and every Mivtza. A few years ago, we traveled to the Rebbe in New York, and during the trip, he made a hachlata to add in Mivtza Tefillin and to open Tefillin booths in the city. And he did it with his heart and soul,” Rabbi Gluckowsky said. “He invested a lot in the Tefillin booth. His stall soon became a restaurant because he cared about providing food for passersby. He was a loving, radiant figure, and in recent months he received everyone’s love in return.”
He leaves behind his wife, Orly Levy, and three young children.
The levaya will take place tomorrow, outside the Beis Menachem Shul in Rehovot.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.