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Professor Velvel Greene, 83, OBM

Professor Velvel Greene, one of the most known Baal Teshuvas of Chabad in this generation who had great influence on many during his lifetime, passed away. Full Story, Video

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A Phenomena the Rebbe Prepared for
May 27, 2013 5:58 pm

Velvel Greene was a phenomena that will always be part of the history of Chabad. Going to University enabled the Rebbe to cultivate and introduce to the world a phenomena and international influence as unique and as impacting as the personage of Velvel Greene. He reached everyone! I remember the three different occasions that he lectured at the Chabad House in our area. Yet I still remember the details of his report I heard when I was but a child, as he told of his visit to the then Soviet Union (with Rabbi Shmuel Lew). How he gave away his… Read more »

Boruch Dayan Hoemes
November 24, 2011 5:21 pm

I remember Professor Greene farbrenging with the English speaking bochurim in Kfar Chabad, it must have been in 1970 (over 40 years ago). I still remember some of his “maases” about NASA. He was brilliant!

a real friend to the jewish community
November 24, 2011 12:46 am

baruch dayan emet!!!!
may his memory be a blessing

Friends from Montreal
November 23, 2011 9:09 pm

To Dovid,Hamokom Yenachem Eschem bsoich Shaar aveilei tzion V’yerusholoyim only simchos, from here on

Professor Greene,a Memorable Chossid.
November 23, 2011 1:37 am

I remember Professor Greene speaking at several Tzach functions. He was a gifted speaker who connected extremely well with his audience. His thought-provoking messages, delivered without pomp or arrogance, invariably left a powerful impression on his listeners- Yidden and, l’havdil, non-Jews alike. His was a truly meaningful and productive life. May that fact bring a measure of nechoma to his family and friends. Hamakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’aar aveili Tzion Vee’rushalayim.

November 22, 2011 4:00 pm

At the Greene home in Beer Sheva.

November 22, 2011 3:09 pm

Does anyone know where the family is sitting Shiva? Is it in Beer Sheva or Jerusalem?

Rabbi Moishe Leider Chabad of University City
November 22, 2011 2:08 pm

Years ago we invited him to speak at Chabad in S. Diego during the winter. On Friday I asked if he would like to come and see the ocean and enjoy the beautiful California weather. He instead wanted to stay in the Chabad House and prepare his talks that he would give over Shabbos. He had great respect for his audience and wanted to give them his full attention. The talks were truly magnificent. We had him many times since and he never disappointed us. We will dearly miss him.

November 22, 2011 8:43 am

my king has been taken,and i want a rematch.
,,,now im angry !!

(the last remark i used every time he won at chess. he LOVED it, used to make his day to hear it)

Sara Granddaughter
November 22, 2011 3:56 am

We love you Zaidy, we miss you terribly.
The whole family.

Missing Velvel. Greene already
November 22, 2011 2:38 am

The funeral is at 2:00 at the New Cemetary in Beer Sheva, today, Tuesday.
I would compare Velvel Greene,Alav Hashalom, to Leonardo diVinci of the secular world. He knew so much aout so many things. His power of understanding and clear sitedness always impressed me. His deep Torah discussions he had with my husband and family over the Shabbat Kidush table at our home with our childre will be remembered.. Shalom Saba Zeev.
Sima and Yehudah Tamir

Feigelstocks pgh
November 22, 2011 1:06 am

Our thoughts are with you.May you know of only revealed good from now on.Hamokom yenachaim eschem

Rabbi Yitzchok Yaacov Charytan
November 22, 2011 12:56 am

Bsd Prof. Green grew up here in Winnipeg Canada and in his youth attended a Yiddish language school known as the Peretz Shulleh. One of the teachers there was a Yid by the name of Noiach Witman (who in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s hosted a Yiddish Radio program where he let Chabad Nigunim and sichos of the Rebbe be given over in Yiddish by Rabbi Avrohom Altein the head shliach) Mr. Witman before he passed away liked to talk to me in Yiddish. In one of our conversations he told me that Velvel Green was one of his students.… Read more »

Rabbi Moshe Bryski
November 21, 2011 8:26 pm

He inspired so many Jews with his brilliance, eloquence, love of Hashem, love of Torah and Mitzvos, love of Eretz Yisroel.. my community was blessed to have heard Velvel numerous times over the years… He will never be forgotten.. Dovid, you were blessed with a very special father… he wil be missed… Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shar Aveili Tzion VYurashalayim..

Great loss
November 21, 2011 5:55 pm

I first met Prof. Green when I was only six years old when
we became neighbors.
Our first conversation was on ‘Kriat Shema’ and on the different appearance and Grammar of the ‘Mezuzot’ word between the first and the second ‘Parasha’.
Our last conversation was when I turned thirty, it was on computer hacking news and techniques.
In this vast spectrum of knowledge fields Prof. Green understood.
I will miss you Velvel., I will miss our talks and our Chess matches on Saturday, I will miss your smile and your care

Boruch Dayan haEmes
November 21, 2011 5:50 pm
Boruch Dayan haEmes
November 21, 2011 4:59 pm
So sad, what a loss!
November 21, 2011 4:55 pm

He spoke at our Chabad House years ago, and he was amazing. What a special Jew.

May Hashem comfort the family for this loss.

to dovid
November 21, 2011 4:39 pm

sorry for your loss. hamokoim yenachem eschem
yerachmiel wolowik

He epitomized a mentsch
November 21, 2011 4:15 pm

His son, Rabbi Dovid Greene, contacted me when my family and I lived in Raanana, as I was organizing shiurim in English for Professor Greene, a’h, in the city. Rabbi Greene asked me to find a videographer to tape his father’s shiurim, as most of those given previously had been on Shabbos – hence, no videos. The result: About 6 taped shiurim, b’h. We became friends, and I learned much from his humility, genuine simcha in life, and beautiful ability to truly not judge a fellow Jew based on his dress or derech. Prof. Greene, a’h, graced us with his… Read more »

minnesota beis chana
November 21, 2011 4:12 pm

I remember he spoke in Minnesota when I was a student in Beis Chana there in summer 1983/84. Never forgot him. May his family only know simcha’s in the future.

wow what a loss
November 21, 2011 1:23 pm
November 21, 2011 1:20 pm

A fEw years ago he spoke in our Chabad in YL, CA and we spent the ride from la together as well as a beautiful shabbos. He was a great speaker, bt most importantly a kind, good hearted, concerned and sensitive man. We remember him and wish his family well.

Great man. Great loss
November 21, 2011 12:21 pm

Rememeber Prof. Velvel Greene since 1967. Was a great help to me. Unique speaker and writer. A person of heart and soul. A Neshomodiker Yid. And I loved his Yiddish. Will be greatly missed. המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים, בזכרו הבהיר תמצאו ניחומים, ויקיצו וירננו שוכני עפר והוא, יקירנו, בתוכם תיכף ומיד ממש

Really sad...
November 21, 2011 11:59 am

What a mentsch, chossid, special person. I had the chance to interview him a few years ago for JEM for 5 hours… what a special man…

what a loss
November 21, 2011 11:29 am

This is an imeasurable loss to Lubavitch and the Jewish world. It’s terrible what Hashem has been plucking away from us.

moshe der g
November 21, 2011 11:14 am

to our dearest friend reb dovid shliach in rochester minnisota
hamkoim yenachem eschem besoich sharei aveli zion veyerushalyim. your father was a great guy. and you were his great son. the respect and love you had for him were unlimited. may he be a melitz yoisher for you and your family and klal yisroel

November 21, 2011 11:08 am

Baruch Dayan Emes, Dovid: HYEBSAZV – only Simchos!

An amazing true chassid
November 21, 2011 10:54 am

He was a great example for us all.
may his memory be for a Blessing
Boruch dayan Haemes

A true example of a Chassid.
November 21, 2011 10:46 am

Actually when asked “if he was a Baal Teshuva”, Reb Velvel was often heard saying “I will let you know when i will become one, for now Im still working on it”.
A true example of a Chassid.

Kos Tanchumim BDE
November 21, 2011 10:36 am

as Rabbi Kotlarsky has correctly pointed out one is a “Baal Teshuvah” for 10-12 months then one is like all of “us” however was not like all of us by any streach of the imagination a wonderful chosid and person T”NZBH.

boruch dayon hoemes
November 21, 2011 10:34 am

I was learning in kfar chabad 3 years ago, and we arranged a farbrengen with R’ velvel OBM in one of anashes house, it was amazing to hear his stories about the rebbe, and to get a sneak peek at his folder full of the rebbes letters, he was a very special yid!
We actually have a 3 hour recording of that farbrengen, hopefully we will put it out in the near future for the public to listen to

Remembering the professor
November 21, 2011 10:11 am

We loved him. He was a power house. We have many fond memories. We loved to hear his stories and encounters with him and the Rebbe. He was inspiring to all of us.
May his memory be a blessing to all.
Levi and Sora Feller

November 21, 2011 10:03 am

He has 3 daughters. Rachel Black, Penina Seidel and Nechama Kahana.

November 21, 2011 9:52 am


remembering dr. green
November 21, 2011 9:47 am

About 45 years ago, Velvel Green was the featured speaker at a Chabad dinner in Oak Park, Michigan, and spent the night in our home.
During the night, when my baby cried and I got up to tend to her, Dr. Green, the eminent microbiologist and guest of honor, was already in the room, preparing to make her a bottle.!!!!
This was the essence of Dr. Velvel Green.
May his memory be a blessing to his family and friends around the world.

So sad
November 21, 2011 9:43 am

I went to the Bais Olam yesterday for my husbands yeartzeit and saw so many of our friends buried there. now another special friend. Velvel and Gail were often guests at our home in Crown Heights. I remember how Velvel influenced many years ago when I lived in Cleveland with his sharp mind and especially his Moshel about. A journey to outer space.
May the entire family take comfort in know that Velvel was instrumental in the return of many Nechama.
Hensha Gansbourg

:( realy sad
November 21, 2011 9:30 am

realy sad