R’ Hirschel Pekkar, a renowned Crown Heights silversmith who created the famous Menorah which stands each Chanukah in 770 Eastern Parkway, passed away on Thursday, 27 Av, 5781.
He was 85.
R’ Hirschel was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine in 1936, and after World War Two – during which his father, a soldier in the Russian army, was killed – he escaped along with his mother to Germany. They stayed for a time at a displaced persons’ camp near Bergen-Belsen and at age ten he was sent to live with a relative in England and attended the Gateshead and Manchester yeshivahs there.
He became a jeweler, eventually settling in London. “Although I was leading the life of a religious Jew, I felt something was missing in my life,” he told JEM’s My Encounter. When he was 18 years old, he began to study Torah with a Chabad rabbi named Yankel Gurkov who introduced him to chasidic teachings and told him about the Rebbe.
He described his first Yechidus with the Rebbe in 1962, when he came to New York along with a group of Jews from England as part of a trip organized by Mr. Zalmon Jaffe.
During that audience, he discussed the issue of his livelihood with the Rebbe. The Rebbe encouraged him to take the time to improve his skills as a jeweler.
R’ Hirschel created the large Menorah which stands in 770 in 1982 to the Rebbe’s specifications according to the Rambam. In later years he created another replica which was lit in Jerusalem.
He is survived by his wife, Tzivia and children, Chana Hurwitz – Crown Heights, Devorah Shagalov – Florida, Moshe – Florida and Yossi – Mexico.
The levaya will take place tomorrow, Friday, passing by 770 Eastern Parkway at 2:45 PM and burial at Montefiore Cemetery at 3:45 PM.
Shiva will be at 781 eastern Pkwy 2B.
10am-1pm and 3pm-9:30pm
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.
A lichtige Yid and Chossid who spread joy, kindness, light and Torah.
May he bang down the gates of golus.
May Hashem grant his family comfort and strength.
ברוך דיין אמת! Always had a kind word and a smile for everyone.
Condolences to his family.
Many years ago we had the pleasure of having him as our Chazzan for Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur. A lovely man and great chazzan. Really enjoyed having him and hearing all his stories. A big loss
A talented man, yet so humble about his gift from hashem. Would never know that he could create such masterpieces.
Indeed a humble man.
A Baal Shems’ke Yid.
His work was beautiful.
A special lichtike Yid, He was such an integral part of the Pittsburgh community. His Divrei Torah, his Chazzonus and most unforgettably his singing of Yehi Ratzon by Seder HaNigunim. Always a smile, a cheer me up and a good vort toward another person. He created good friends and good vibes wherever he went. He had incredible miracle stories to share because he saw himself as a conduit of Hashem and whatever Hashem wanted of him. Goodness and kindness were his signature and he will be sorely missed. Hashem should comfort his Aishais Chayil and wonderful family. We miss you… Read more »
A warm,pure Yid.We were good friends.Didn’t have a mean bone in his body,He was always with a smile and a good word.Always ready to help you in any way he could.He should demand from Hashem that He give us the Geulah Shlaimah now Momish.BDE.
He would always say to me: “Like your mother said when you were born, nice to see you.” He used to love to give over the vort about “Adar Mazal Dagim”.
A Lichtiger,warm,Freilichen Yid.He always had a smile and a good word for everyone he spoke with.I don’t recall him ever saying a negative or spiteful word about any Yid.He had a Good Heart,really a Heart of Gold.He should be only in Heaven and demand from Hashem that He should give all of us the Geulah Shlaimah now Momish.BDE.
A one of a kind, kind and special Chossid.
May he arouse Hashem to bring the Geulah right now. HaMakom Yenachem eschem bsoch she’ar aveliai Tzion bYerushalayim.
Always a smile on his face, a good word to say and a gematriah to give over! What a winning personality!! He was a gift to all!
He used to repair my eyeglasses 👓.
He was such a beautiful soul. In shul he would always be so respectful to all the women and come to make kiddush in the women’s section. He is a real inspiration and a role model. Always so cheerful and joyus!! Moshiach now!!!!
Such a humble and holy man!!!
Our community is lucky to have had in our midst
Condolences to his special wife and the whole family.
My father was always known to protect a fellow jew, always ready to support and help another person in need. Simple things like walking someone to the door, and not just letting them leave the house alone. It’s those special moments that come back now and I remember all those lovely memories like it was yesterday. I mentioned above about protecting another jew, and indeed he did, and many times so. If a yidishe person was being harassed or robbed, my father would not think twice and make sure the message was sent very clearly!!! I am glad that now… Read more »
BDE we(Shmarya & I) are very sorry for your loss. Just make you laugh, have your Dad bring Moshiach for real.
A warm הYid with a big Neshomo that was always lighting. His warmth and kindness were special. His genuine “goodskeit” was hearwarming and greatly encouraging. His believe in Moshiach was strong and constant. A special kind of a Jew that will be greatly missed.
יקיצו וירננו שוכני עפר והוא בתוכם תיכף ומיד ממש
He took the pictures at our wedding and also sang Boruch HaBoh at the Chuppah. A really special Yid!
May HaKadosh Boruch Hu grant his Rebbetzin and family strength and comfort.
A friend for 40 years, a Holy Jew! Will be missed, I have many Rebbe stories with him! G-D will comfort his family. MOSHIACH NOW!!!!
Tzivia so sorry to hear of Herschel’s passing. always with a smile, always with a joke, upbeat and optimistic. He and you both befriended us when we came back to NY from Israel around 2004 until our departure in 2011. So comforting and Welcoming.
Your husband fixed my spice box which was in pretty bad shape, adding bells and a flag, and he shined it creating something quite special. I still use it and treasured it dearly . HaMakom Yenachem eschem bsoch she’ar aveliai Tzion bYerushalayim.
Chana and Reuven ז”ל
Schoenberg, Ramat Bet Shemesh
The person who brought me to Yeshiva(Ash Hatorah) from the Western Wall, for my first religious experience, ( 1980) he himself was brought to Judaism by Rabbi Pekkar, therefore I always thought of Rabbi Pekkar as my spiritual grandfather
R’Hershel Pekkar Z’TL was a our loving soul who smiled brilliantly and always welcomed everyone to his simple abode first in Stamford Hill and then in Crown Heights. He was a genius with his hands and created masterpieces that were never seen again!! He loved everyone and most of all, his beautiful family Sheyichyu!! He worked extremely hard and never complained.
May his holy Neshama have an aliya in Gan Eden and be a meilitz yashar for his beautiful family, and for all klal Yisrael B’EH.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
Miriam & Clement (Rachamim) Meghnagi
Wishing all nechoma on the loss of a true Chossid who exemplified true emmunah and the essence of bitochon that life is intrinsically good! They no longer make this kind of Yid!
bsd may g.d be with you . to gan eden elyon . mamash i worked for hershel for around 7 years , and he was totally amazing a trained designer of jewelry. he would sing chabad nigunim , while we made items he designed, being almost all judaica . he did a cos of silver which was huge the same like the rebbes . the gold and silver was all over the place. ahava va yira . hershel loved to tell stories of the rebbe . one time he went into the rebbe in the office and the rebbe took… Read more »