By COLlive reporter
Many hundreds of people traveled from throughout California to attend the funeral of Rabbi Yehoshua Binyomin Gordon, the 66-year-old Head Shliach of the San Fernando Valley, on Monday.
The procession left from Chabad of Encino, from where Rabbi Gordon and his wife Deborah Gordon began serving as Shluchim of the Rebbe in Encino in 1973 leading to a network of 26 centers.
Participating in the funeral were fellow Shluchim and community members to whom Rabbi Gordon served as a mentor and teacher. Students of Yeshiva Ohr Elchanan Chabad in Los Angeles, accompanied by Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Ezra Schochet, were bussed in to pay final tributes.
The passing came as a shock to people outside of Rabbi Josh Gordon’s immediate circle and community. As the beloved host of the world’s largest daily Torah classes, many have been starting their day with Rabbi Gordon teaching Chumash and Rashi, Tanya and the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah.
Even while ill, Rabbi Gordon asked Chabad.org which hosts his classes not to inform the public. While he was always ready to put himself out for others, he did not want others to be inconvenienced by him, they explained.
“He could not bear the thought of so many people walking around pained in any way because of him,” the website’s staff said in a statement. “With the heaviest of hearts, we obliged. And for as long as he possibly could he went about his business as usual, including teaching his daily classes.”
Honoring the wishes of the deceased and the Chabad custom, no eulogies were given at the funeral on Monday. Rabbi Gordon was interred at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Commerce, CA, near his close friend and colleague, Rabbi Avremel Levitansky, the Shliach of S. Monica.
The Gordon family will be observing Shiva mourning at their home – 4901 Rubio Ave. Encino, CA 91436.
Rebbetzin Deborah Gordon will be receiving visitors
Tues. – Thurs. 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm.
The rest of the family will receive visitors
Tues. – Thurs. 9:00 am – 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
SCHEDULE FOR PRAYER SERVICES
Wed – Fri: 7:00 am
Sunday: 8:00 am
Tues – Thurs: 5:20 pm
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