In 2013, Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, Chabad Shliach in Temecula, California, and father of seven, learned that the medical issues he’d been experiencing were due to Bulbar Onset ALS—the most aggressive form of this neuromuscular disease.
At a time when many would retreat into depression and isolation, Rabbi Yitzi was determined to continue his shlichus to the best of his abilities. He accepted his condition with trust that Hashem would bring about a miraculous healing and with faith that there was something greater at play.
For six years, Rabbi Yitzi has been a modern-day model of how a Chassid navigates when they find themselves in the harshest conditions, of what it means to be a shliach of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
From his bed at home in Los Angeles, he uses his eyes and mega smile to light up millions of neshamas across the globe. On his recent 47th birthday, 23,000 people donned tefillin in his honor. Rabbi Yitzi publishes a weekly Torah article—a task so tedious for someone in his condition that after 15 hours of working on it, he’s often drenched in sweat. (See the divrei Torah here: http://yitzihurwitz.blogspot.com/) He regularly post articles dispensing invaluable advice on topics such as marriage and utilizing your full capabilities. He entertains a constant stream of visitors who come to spend time with him and communicate with him via his Tobil Computer.
Ever since his diagnoses in 2013, Rabbi Yitzi has maximized every minute and has shown that wherever you find yourself, you can have a positive impact and live a life of meaning and purpose.
When asked how he has managed to accomplish so much, Rabbi Yitzi credits his wife, Dina, as the one who has given him and their children the strength to get through each and every hour together. Unfortunately, on top the struggle of their father’s condition, they struggle with the constant barrage of bills that come their way. They are reliant on the people who are inspired by Rabbi Yitzi’s unique shlichus to support them in covering their staggering medical bills and monthly expenses.
Today, we ask that you give back to this incredible family and make a contribution to the Hurwitz family fund before Pesach—to help alleviate their financial pressure and demonstrate how appreciative we are to them for representing what we believe in so deeply.
Rabbi Yitzi has personally asked that those with the financial capacity take upon themselves to dedicate one of his weekly Torah emails in honor of a loved one or friend.