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Rabbi Mordechai Altein, 100, OBM

Rabbi Mordechai Dov Altein, the first Chabad Shliach in modern times and the oldest Chabad Rov, passed away. Update: Levaya Monday at 1:30 pm. Full Story, Photos

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BD"H
December 1, 2019 2:43 pm

I can’t believe it. He was such a tzaddik. He will surely be missed. Baruch Dayan HaEmes.

A Great Man
Reply to  BD"H
February 12, 2020 6:31 pm

I was a student at the Lubavitcher Yeshiva in the Bronx during my 6th and 7th grades. I recall his commitment to G-D as well as his commitment to our education. He made “arrangements” for those families unable to afford tuition. Though only two years, I never forgot him. There is a special place close to the lord for people like him. A blessing to have known him. Jules K.

ברוך דיין האמת
December 1, 2019 3:10 pm

Rebbe, u were my principal in elementary school from kindergarten thru 8th grade. When I was bad and sent to your office u would sit me down and start dialing the rotary telephone. U would tell me that before u call my father, u are calling the truant officer. I would then promise to be good. I will always remember u as a distinguished, honorable gentleman. U will be missed by all who knew u and those that didn’t. May u be a מליץ ישר to your family, students from אחי תמימים – חבד, and כלל ישראל.
Leibe H.

The heavens are crying bitterly
Reply to  ברוך דיין האמת
December 2, 2019 10:00 am

Woe is to us on the lost of this Great Chosid Rosh Yeshiva My first Rosh Yeshiva k-8th grade from 5728 The last of the 10 Talmidim who were sent to the Friediker Rebbe right before the onset of WW2 in Poland & to help pave the way for the Friediker Rebbe’s Arrival here in America 1 yr later

The last of a generation
December 1, 2019 5:24 pm

Some time ago, I asked him if it is true that his father in law Rabbi Jacobson cursed Joseph Kennedy on the ship from Europe to US in 1940. His answer was it is true but he does not remember the details.

One of a kind
December 1, 2019 5:58 pm

I was so blessed to have personally known Rav Altein and benefitted from his sage advice! What stands out most in my mind, was his patience….. always giving clear answers, never implying that your questions were anything less than important. The world has lost a one of a kind human being! BD”E

Rabbi Dalfin
December 1, 2019 6:04 pm

Bd”E..
A true chasid…the accolades the Freirdiker Rebbe writes abt him are unique…

We had the good fortune to have him spend time with us at Beis Menachem shul in Boro Park 15 years ago or so.

Iy”H we’ll share some of that later in week…

Zol er zein ah gutter better far zein gantze mishpacha un far unzer teierer Mashpia, the Rebbe’s chozer and publisher and editor of Chasidus Mevueres, HaRav Laibel Altein.

Yitz vann
December 1, 2019 8:44 pm

Where is the funeral

Where is Rebitzen doing shiva ??

Rabbi altein held me at my bris !

My family was very close to his family .

I remember playing with Yossi as a child !

Some amazing memories

Leibelaltein
Reply to  Yitz vann
December 1, 2019 11:34 pm

Shomrei hadas chapel in boro park 14thaveand39th st

A special hakoras hatov
December 1, 2019 10:03 pm

It was with a smile and his gentleness that he gave us our first Torah on loan from the bronx NY that opened the Chabad House at the University of South Florida in Tampa Florida 5736 1976
Baruch dayan Hoemes
Rabbi Lazer Rivkin Merkos Chabad Lubavitch of Tampa and Central Florida

Bronxite
December 1, 2019 11:11 pm

I remember attending the daily minyanim with him in his shul in the Bronx in the late 70s. Always with a smile.

A great loss to the Bronx as well
Reply to  Bronxite
December 2, 2019 10:03 am

What yrs? I am one of the few Jewish Frum & chabadniks Bronxites stil living here

Moshe Haber
December 2, 2019 2:32 am

It was an honor and a pleasure to have known him. I will remember him fondly.

He was So special
December 2, 2019 8:44 am

One of my earliest memories in chabad in the 1970s was getting to know him and his wonderful rebbetzin. Such a loss! BDE

Josef Brandler
December 2, 2019 1:39 pm

BD”H
I was a student at Lubavitcher Yeshiva in the Bronx where Rabbi Altein was the Rosh Yeshiva. He taught me my Bar Mitzvah Parsha and helped me put on tefillin for the first time.He instilled in me a love for Yiddishkeit that I have passed on to my children. He was a long time family friend and he will be sorely missed.
Josef and Estelle Brandler and family

Barry Quint
Reply to  Josef Brandler
December 6, 2019 8:12 am

RABBI ALTEIN got me my first tefillin about 38 years ago. I still put it on everyday.

Baruch Dayan Emes
December 2, 2019 2:05 pm

I grew up one block away from Rabbi Altein, in the Bronx. I was friendly with his daughter Chani. After my marriage, my husband a”h worked for Rabbi Altein, at Lubavitch on Olinville Ave in the Bronx. I saw him last when he was honored by Rabbi Kotlarsky of New City, New York, in the town of Ramapo.
Our eldest daughter attended Lubavitch on Olinville Ave for kgn and also 1st
grade, as I did too. I have very fond memories of both Rabbi Altein and his
wonderful Rebbetzin. Baruch Dayan Emes. Brenda Wolinetz Schlanger

Anonymous
December 2, 2019 2:25 pm

A tzadek.talmud chchom. In true seance of the words. I attended the Bronx yeshiva. Also rabbi altein was mesadan keddush when my wife and I got married. The haluches were rather complicated. But rabbi altein took charge and knew just what to do.
A very special person.

BD'E
December 9, 2019 10:11 pm

MAY YOUR FATHER BE A GUTTA BETTA FOR YOUR FAMILY AND KLAL YISRAEL AND YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY MORE SORROW ONLY SIMCHAS.
Phyllis (Leistner) Stiefel

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