By COLlive reporter
Photos by Chaim Ezagui – 347-785-8798
The theme of the evening held Wednesday night in Crown Heights was the saying of our Sages that “simcha poretz geder,” happiness and joy have the power to transcend barriers.
It wasn’t that guests of Eli Chaim Hurwitz‘s Bar Mitzvah celebration needed a prerequisite for their attendance. But they all wanted to make it the most joyous and memorable event possible.
“How many people do you know in this room? Probably no more than 50,” Rabbi Hirshy Minkowitz, Shliach in Alpharetta, GA, pointed out to the 13-year-old boy sitting in a crowd of 300 people who filled the Lubavitch Yeshiva events hall.
“Yet all these people are here for one reason – they love your parents,” Minkowitz said, referring to the Bar Mitzvah boy’s proud parents and fellow Shluchim Rabbi Yitzi and Dina Hurwitz (nee Berkowitz) of Temecula, California.
Yitzi has recently been diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating disease which weakens various physical abilities and often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
Upon hearing that Rabbi Hurwitz wanted his son to have his Bar Mitzva aliya to the Torah at 770 Eastern Parkway, friends of the family organized the celebration on the East coast for all to participate.
Minkowitz, who served as the evening’s emcee, was one of them. He recalled growing up with Yitzi, sharing memories of his best childhood friend and neighbor in Crown Heights. He also described to the Bar Mitzva boy how beloved his parents are to so many.
That sentiment was certainly shared by guests, which included members of the Hurwitz and Berkowitz families, and friends of Yitzi and Dina – some of whom hadn’t been in touch for many years.
“I’m going to begin with a dvar Torah because I’m a shliach, and we spent Pesach away from our Chabad House, so I’m aching to say a dvar Torah,” Rabbi Hurwitz opened his touching, yet witty remarks.
He thanked all his dear friends who not only put together a beautiful simcha, but are providing support to his family during this difficult time. (Donations can be given at Hurwitzfamilyfund.com)
The guests danced and sang along as Benny Friedman sang and Yossi Goldstein performed a cappella chassidic melodies, chasing away dark thoughts and medical predictions, putting full hope and faith in G-d Almighty’s love and mercy.
“May you dance at the weddings of your sons and grandsons,” Merkos Vice Chairman Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky wished Hurwitz in his speech.
The public is asked to continue saying Tehillim and doing mitzvos in merit of Yitzchok ben Bracha.
We will hear good news soon for one of the finest people we have ever met.
May you and your entire family be blessed with an overflowing of revealed good.
Yitzi and Dina, we are sending so much love and our prayers are being sent Heavenward for a refua shlema.
xoxox Love always!!!
Yaron and Laya
look in ami magazaine issue 78 july august 2012 there was a article helping the mirrer rosh hayeshiva he had treatment thru brainstorm in israel in hadassah ein kerem hope information is useful refua shcleima
Yitchok ben bracha, public is asked to continue saying tehillim for a speedy recovery
The pictures say it all. To second what Chani Vogel said, may Hashem look upon the Achdus, simcha and Chesed and bring a complete refuah sheliemah immediately.
Rabbi yitzi and Dina are so increidble and amazing beyond belief.
Wishing the bar mitzva boy and his family mazal tov, areechas yammim and Yiddish nachos ad meah vesrim shana. Moschiach now!!
Refuah Sheleima Yitzi
Chassidim Ain Mishpoche! Im touched! & Cute Boy kah!!
“The public is asked to continue saying Tehillim and doing mitzvos in merit of Yitzchok ben Bracha”
May Hashem answer all your prayers in an obviously good way.
May you shep nachas and have lots of simcha til 120 long wonderful years together. The true Healer of all Flesh is Hashem Above despite any doctors diagnoses. Yitzi WILL have a refuah Shleima and we will all dance at the seudas Hoda’a IYH very soon. Besuros Tovos!
i spy avraham freed
First off, Allison Feldman, what can I wish you? Your life is already full of doing chesed for others,, may it continue, and may you always stay on the giving side. Benny Friedman sang his hit, Yesh Tikvah, which is what we as family have to remember,, Hashem is in charge. The dancing was beautiful, and the ‘music’ was great! We could actually hear each other bentching Yitzi with the refuah shleima Hashem should give him now. The bar mitzvah was beautiful, and Yitzy’s mom Brocha and his wife Dina had so much grace, and poise. Yitzy himself had his… Read more »
What a beautiful bar mitzvah bochur.
May this simcha usher in new openings for channels from above for brochos that will lead to a refuah shlaimah and besuros tovos and medical discoveries that will bring joy and happiness to the whole family. Amen.
the bar mitzvah was so inspiring, it was one of a kind! Def the most memorable and joyous simcha i ever attended! yitzi we are all waiting for your full and speedy recovery!
may we only hear good news and may rabbi horowitz have a refua shelama RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
mazel tov to our dear friends may we will iyh dance at your seudas ahodah
like the love between chassidim