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    My Zaidy Was Not Just 93

    From the COLlive inbox: When I tell my father's friends that Zaidy (Rabbi Shmuel Gurevitch) passed away, they sigh; but are relieved when they hear that he was 93. But my Zaidy was not 93! He was my Zaidy. Full Story

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    great article
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    great article

    BS”D

    This was the truest article i have seen in my life. Thank you for opening my eyes from a personal perspective.

    Thank you for sharing this
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    Thank you for sharing this

    What a poignant article…I totally relate. When my zeide, R’ Meir Itkin, passed away at the age of 96, I felt the exact same way…the age was [almost] completely irrelevant.

    Baruch Dayan HaEmes
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    Baruch Dayan HaEmes

    I feel for you.
    Your pain is obvious, and real. Very real.
    There is a reason why an onen is patur from mitzvos. Your writing clearly portrays why.
    When in pain, there are no explanations, no reassurances. Nothing. Except to know that others are with you, and here for you.
    So what I want to say to you is this – I don’t know you personally, I don’t even know your name, but R’ Yid, I know you, and care for you. And I feel for you.

    You are definitely your Zeide's einikel!
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    You are definitely your Zeide's einikel!

    I don’t mean that just in general. You are the grandson of R. Shmuel and great-grandson of Reb Itche der Masmid, who was renowned for accepting nothing but the whole emes in every situation in life. Your article is real and very deep and inspiring. I’m sure it makes both of them proud. May your zeide’s neshama have an aliya in the zechus of what you wrote, and may you be reunited with him immediately in Yerushalayim with Moshiach.

    Baruch Dayan HaEmes
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    Baruch Dayan HaEmes

    I think many grandchildren who have experienced the death of a beloved grandparent feel the exact same way. Very beautifully written!!! Heart wrenching!! May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.

    So Sorry
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    So Sorry

    Thanks for sharing your perspective. It is so important for people to realize.

    Wow
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    Wow

    powerful and incredibly well written. A little editing and this would be amazing.

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    Commenter

    i do not usually comment, but you compelled me to.
    thank you for putting it into words. truly true

    wow-
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    wow-

    to be honest i never heard of your grfa. but in your piece i saw raw, heartfelt pain of the loss and it hit me in the gut.i feel like crying for someone who meant so much to a family,Since when does age ever define a loss or degree of grief,This was a beautiful tribute to the love of a grandson for his dear grandfather and it meant a lot to me personally.

    We want Moshiach NOW!!!
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    We want Moshiach NOW!!!

    Hamakom Yinacheim Eschem Besoich Sha’ar Aveilei Tzion VeYerushalayim.

    I agree with you. My father passed away young, but the age does not matter. We just need Moshiach already!

    Still missing a grandparent almost 40 years on
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    Still missing a grandparent almost 40 years on

    Your words are painfully moving and deeply touching.

    I think I understand what you are saying!
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    I think I understand what you are saying!

    The point is, that you have to thank for those 25 years you did have him, when I was 6 I had no more grandparents alive, I barely remember my grandmother! So of course it is your zaidy you lost and it is really hard, but please look back at those years you were able to spend with him and thank the aibershter for what you had! May his neshama have an aliyah!

    true
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    true

    very true but i think you should be grateful for his long life/health etc. my grandmother passed away at 90, peacefully in her sleep, and when looking around at this brutal world, there is no greater blessing than that.

    Your Zeidy was a shliach.....
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    Your Zeidy was a shliach.....

    In yechidus for a bar-mitzvah of the son of a shliach back in the late 60’s, the Rebbe questioned the shliach on all aspects of the upcoming bar-mitzvah. There were close to 400 balle baatim,as well as the Reform Rabbi,conservative,misnagdishe etc all expected. The Rebbe then asked which chassidim would be coming from NY. I remember my father listing Rabbi Jacobson,Feter Hendel, Shimon Goldman,Mendel Shemtov ,Shmuel Aizik,and others. The Rebbbe then said that Reb Shmuel Gurevitch is here now from EY and he should be asked to also attend and he came then as a shliach to my bar mitzvah… Read more »

    Melbourne Australia
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    Melbourne Australia

    As a newly-wed young man,I had the zechus to drive Reb Shmuel around when he came to Melbourne to collect for Tomchei Tmimim in Kfar Chabad. we developed a warm freindship, especially since he also knew my father ob”m and the other emmisaries who came to Australia to establish the Chabad comminity here. What was evident by the way people received Reb Shmuel into their homes, that they immediately recognized a Jew with exceptional chassidishe middois toivois , humility and sincerety. I envisaged that he would have been a clone of Reb Itche der massmid. What a giant of a… Read more »

    wow
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    wow

    Wow.

    Understood
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    Understood

    I can relate with every inch of my body my zeidy didnt die as an old man he wasnt even sixty! Two of my uncles passed away and people are always telling me how special they are but it doesnt take away the fact that they are gone, no longer with me! its been over four years since my zeidy has passed away and there is still that void in my heart but that void will never go away! My heart is crushed but i have to glue it back together and try to move on. I wish you much… Read more »

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    to number 14

    can you please identify the shliach. I curious for several reasons.

    WOW.
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    WOW.

    thsi brought me to tears. truly amazing.

    Wow!
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    Wow!

    very well written. Only simchos!

    please explain
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    please explain

    In no way is this a criticism of any sort-I’m just interested why when people suffer a loss others say only simchas??I notice people write about Moshiach and I understand that he is very much wanted but while others are grieving and only thinking of that particular emotion, why are simchas and other such statements made? I truly want to understand the meaning behind this.I notice it is always on these comments when tragedies occur- someone help me get this so I dont think anything negative such as “why these cliches” and who does this help?Thank you.

    Great article
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    Great article

    “Its Okay he was 116” “It will be alright” “oy vey Moshiach Now!”
    Tell it to the children and einiklach and brothers and sisters
    Tell it to the one..vchu Emunah and bitachon are great but not to be used as clichés to comfort people, they’re meant for you to use on yourself.
    The Bilsofsky video explains it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci-8Z3H4KVY

    very, very moving
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    very, very moving

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