By COLlive reporter
Gedalya Greenzayd, originally from Vinnitsa, Ukraine who was learning in the Smicha program in Morristown, NJ passed away in a tragic car accident on Sunday, Adar 23, 5774.
He was 25.
Born in the ancient Vinnitsa city in central Ukraine, at the age of 10 he was enrolled in a local Yeshiva school and showed a love for the Torah and mitzvos.
An only child, he credited his becoming a Baal Teshuva to his father’s reciting Kaddish for his grandfather at a local Shul, which led to the Rabbi asking his father to become the Gabbai there.
He later moved to Kiev to learn in a Chabad yeshiva, also attending the yeshivas of Bais Duvid of Monsey, Kfar Chabad of Israel, and Ohr Somayach of Monsey.
Most recently he has been learning in Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim in Morristown while participating in Beis Midrash Menachem, the smicha rabbinical ordination institute at the Rabbinical College of America.
He was described by one of the staff members as “a Baal Midos Tovos, a magnetic and Temimus’dike bochur who was mekarev many bochurim in his quiet way.”
Gedalya also frequently organized and presented a shiur about Moshiach and the Geulah at the Yeshiva. He also tutored many children from the Chabad Cheder, and also gave advice and answered people’s questions over the phone.
While in Tiferes, a known yeshiva for beginners, Greenzayd has been assisting the faculty in teaching and mentoring students. Gedalya would help those in Yeshiva as well as assisted new students in numerous circumstances to come to Yeshiva.
“Just last week Gedalya counseled a young student who is applying to Yeshiva from near his hometown of Kiev,” Rabbi Boruch Hecht told COLlive. “Gedalya spoke to him and spent time advising him by phone how to best make arrangements to come to Yeshiva.”
The levaya will take place tomorrow, sometime during the day, time to be announced. The levaya will pass by 770 on the way to burial in Ukraine.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.
Video: Gedalya gives a shiur in Moshiach and Geulah: