By COLlive reporter
R’ Moshe Katsenelenbogen, an elder Lubavitcher chossid whose life was in peril for practicing Judaism in the Soviet Union, passed away on Wednesday, 8 Elul 5774 in London, England, after a brief illness.
He was the son of the renowned chossid R’ Michoel Katsenelenbogen obm, from the first students of Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim in the Russian village of Lubavitch.
His mother was Sara obm, daughter of the chossid R’ Chaim Benzion Raskin obm who is known as “Mume Sara” for spearheading an escape route for many Jews from behind the iron curtain.
When she was caught by the Communist authorities for her activities, Sara and her son Moshe – then a young man – were exiled. Mrs. Katsenelenbogen passed away in exile after suffering a heart attack.
R’ Moshe was the epitome of a chossid, people described him. He had yiras shamayim and was a Talmid Chochom who upheld his Torah and Judaism with great self-sacrifice amidst many material and spiritual hardships.
Known as a sharp, intelligent and worldly man, R’ Moshe was active in strengthening yiddishkeit in Russia in the darkest of times.
In the early 1970’s, he escaped from behind the Iron Curtain and settled in London, England, where he was known for his unique Chasidic personality. His passing is a big loss to his family, anash in London and the entire Lubavitch community worldwide.
He is survived by his wife Zelda (nee Pinsky) and his children: Rabbi Nochum Hillel Katsenelenbogen – Maryland; Rabbi Michoel Katsenelenbogen – London, UK; Chana Landau – London, UK; Rochel Zajac – London, UK; Nechama Dina Heller – London, UK; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren going in the ways of Torah and Chasidus.
He is also survived by his brother Reb Yehoshua Raskin of London, UK.
The Levaya will leave from his house in London, Thursday, 9 Elul, 10 am.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.