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Tuesday, 15 Sivan, 5779
  |  June 18, 2019

    Dr. Yitzchok Block, 86, OBM

    Dr. Yitzchok Block, a professor of philosophy and one of the Rebbe's first shluchim, who served at the University of Western Ontario, passed away. Full Story, Video

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    חבל על דאבדין
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    חבל על דאבדין

    איש צנוע וירא שמים באמת ובלי בליטות, אהוב ונאהב, ורבים השיב מעוון, מסור למשלחו כ”ק אדמו”ר, יקר שביקרים

    Ch'er
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    Ch'er

    I remember he visited the YG in London and said 99.99 is good for Ivory soap but not for the Rebbes Chossid. 100% is what we give

    Addition:
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    Addition:

    In an interview with JEM, he said it was the Rebbe who made him a “great philosopher”. The Rebbe had encouraged him to complete his doctorate, and held him up as an example for his commonly stated position that it is not a contradiction for someone with a higher education, even a “great philosopher”, to be a frumme Yid, and even a lubavitcher; For science does not inheritably contradict Torah. (This is be taken as an advocacy by the Rebbe for someone already a lubavitcher to get a higher education. Rather that someone who already has higher education should not… Read more »

    Comment #3
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    Comment #3

    Should probably be: “this is NOT to be taken as an advocacy by the Rebbe”.

    Probably a typo.

    Rabbi Moishe Leider
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    Rabbi Moishe Leider

    What a loss this is for us all. I remember hearing Dr Block years ago at the pgishas in New York and later he came to our community in San Diego to speak. Such a humble but brilliant man with such love for everyone.

    miryam swerdlov
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    miryam swerdlov

    i once spoke for the Blocks. they treated me like royalty. it was mamesh a zchus to be around them.

    A granddaughter
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    A granddaughter

    A truly special man. A legend who I’m proud to call my Zaidy. We miss him so much already

    Another granddaughter
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    Another granddaughter

    My zaidy always had a smile on his face, and was cracking jokes. He was also the most caring and loving zaidy, always making his grandchildren eggs and giving them lollypops. A true chossid.

    from Nashville
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    from Nashville

    He’s from Nashville. He went to undergrad at Vanderbilt. He attended Sherith Israel Synagogue as a young lad under the direction of Rabbi Zalman Posner.

    Ephraim (Robert) Lehr
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    Ephraim (Robert) Lehr

    Fahbrengens, overnight meetings, staying at his home for 9 days over Sukos, and this, and so much more, caused a complete change in my perspective on life. He and his family inspired me to understand Judaism and Khassidus as the ultimate Truth.

    Molly (Horowitz) Morris
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    Molly (Horowitz) Morris

    Such an influencer and a leader, and a loss for this world.

    Dr. Yitchok Block
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    Dr. Yitchok Block

    A humble and emesdicke Chossid, role model, father figure and true friend to all who were privledged to know him. Dr. Block will be greatly missed. May we be zoche to take his example and spread Yiddishkeit and Ahavas Yisroel. Baruch Dayan Emes.

    Devorah Ohayon (Debby Lipson)

    From Yisroel Sandman
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    From Yisroel Sandman

    B.H. Dear Shmuely and entire Block family, Your father, Dr Block, had a profound impact on me. Your father’s essays and lectures on the topic of ‘G-d and rationality’ were very important for me in dealing with this concept. When I was on shlichus as a bachur at the Yeshiva in New Haven, your father was gracious enough to speak more than once, per our request, at Yale University. Not only did I gain from his insights on this and related topics, but I also was impacted by his dedication in agreeing to take the time and effort to make… Read more »

    Ish Tzaddik v'Yashar
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    Ish Tzaddik v'Yashar

    I was a Western student between 1976 and 1982 and a talmid of Dr. Block zt”l. Together with other students we learned Chumash weekly in his office. I was not religious at the time but I occasionally ate at his home and saw him in shul. He was instrumental in the completion of my Masters thesis on the Rambam’s views on the concept of the body and health. I remember him vividly riding his bike to campus and the incredible respect he had from his colleagues in the philosophy department. I continued my graduate studies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville… Read more »

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