R’ Sholom (Sydney) Hecht, who owned a Judaica Store in Brooklyn for decades, passed away on Tuesday, 22 Tammuz, 5780.
He was 93.
Born in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, he was the youngest of 6 brothers – Shlomo Zalman, Moshe Yitzchok, Avraham Dov, JJ and Peretz – sons of Rabbi Shea and Sarah Hecht obm, a prestigious Chabad family who were one of the first Chabad families in the US and were very close to the Rebbe.
He passed away 22 Tammuz, the Yartzeit of his father, Rabbi Shea Hecht obm.
He had a close relationship with the Rebbe, and an open door to the Rebbe, whenever he would visit.
He lived in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he opened Hecht’s Judaica store in 1969.
R’ Hecht would bring dollars to the Rebbe, which the Rebbe would distribute for charity each Sunday.
For 50 years, R’ Hecht would make a yearly trip to Italy to cut Esrogim which he sold through his Judaica store. He would present an Esrog to the Rebbe every Sukkos.
He was a very spirited man who had a great love for the Rebbe. He was known for his sense of humor and as a great storyteller, who loved recounting his stories with the Rebbe. He was a baal Tzedaka and exemplified kibbud av va’em in the way he cared for his parents.
He is survived by his wife Chaya Gitel and children Shea Hecht – Flatbush, Chana Rochel Book – Israel, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Levaya will take place Wednesday, at 10 am at Shomrei Hadas in Boro Park and passing by 770 at 11 am. Burial in Old Montefiore Cemetery.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.