Rebbetzin Esther Bukiet, the widow of Rabbi Chaim Meir Bukiet, passed away on Shabbos morning.
She was 92.
Mrs. Bukiet, together with her husband, Rabbi Chaim Meir Bukiet, the Rosh Yeshivah of Central Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch, had an open home where she served her famous dishes, while dispensing large spoon fills of advice and wit.
Born in Wislica, Poland, to Shalom Yaakov and Malka Bukiet, in the year 1925, at the age of three her family picked up and moved to Montevideo, Uruguay, where her parents raised her with a deep appreciation for Yiddishkeit.
After her cousin, Rabbi Chaim Meir, arrived in New York, following WWII, the Rebbe Rayatz encouraged him to go and meet his cousin in faraway Montevideo. With a passport and tickets, arranged and paid for by the Rebbe Rayatz, he travelled to Uruguay, where the couple later married. Shortly afterwards they returned to New York.
A brilliant woman, who had a keen understanding of people, she would go out of her way to help another. With that she was a great cook, and many of her recipes are recorded in the Lubavitch cookbook.
She did everything she could to make her husband’s hectic life as Rov of a shul, custodian of a Mikvah, Rosh Yeshivah, member of the Vaad Rabonei Lubavitch, Gabai of the Lubavitch Chevra Kadisha and sought after rov for questions, as tranquil as possible.
She raised a family who chose to be leaders in Jewish communities across the globe.
She is survived by her children, Mrs. Rochel Stillman – Los Angeles, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Bukiet – Los Angeles, CA, Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Bukiet – Kfar Chabad, Israel, Rabbi Levi Bukiet – Chicago, IL, Mrs. Chaya Bukiet – Crown Heights, Rabbi Alter Fishel Bukiet – Boston, MA, Mrs. Sarah Tzirel Kramer – Montreal, and Rabbi Shneur Zalman Bukiet – Miami, FL.
The levaya will take place tomorrow, Monday, leaving Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park at 10 AM and passing by 770 at 10:45 am.
Rabbi Avrahom Bukiet from Israel and Mrs. Chaya Bukiet from Crown Heights will be sitting Shiva at the Chazan Residence 734 Empire Blvd. till Friday afternoon.
Family, besides Rabbi Avraham Shmuel and Chaye, will then be returning to Los Angeles and sitting at:
343 North Formosa Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes: Esther Zisel Bat Shalom Yackov.