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Rabbi Prof. Elie Cohen, 79, OBM

Rabbi Elie Cohen, a brilliant Lubavitcher chossid who was instructed by the Rebbe to become a professor of mathematics and to deliver Torah and Chassidus classes in Montreal, passed away of Covid-19 complications. Full Story

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Rabbi COhen
January 18, 2021 2:32 pm

What a tremendous loss to a community who barely knew what a tzadik we had in our midst. I would see him walking ALWAYS reciting tehillim as he walked. a tzaddik! If I’m not mistaken, he had a daily chavrusa with R’ Yitzchok Gniwisch עמוש for over 50 years.
MOshiach is long overdue. May his family know of no more tzaar.

January 18, 2021 2:39 pm

A true chossid and a fantastic teacher. I learnt so much from attending his chassidus shiurim.

January 18, 2021 3:06 pm

He has a brother, A ZADDIK, in Toronto.

January 18, 2021 3:13 pm

I always saw him saying tehillim from a siddur or learning from a sefer whenever he was in the street. no matter how cold it was his eyes were always focused on what he was learning.
What a special family! May he be a melits yosher and bring mashiach!!
Much comfort to the amazing modest happy and special family!!

Rabbi Eli Cohen was a true chosid
January 18, 2021 4:07 pm

Whenever Rabbi Eli Cohen would walk in the street he would always recite the words of Tehillim, never wasting a moment. He truly lived the words of today’s Hayom Yom.

“ Hayom Yom Hay Shvat:
One must recite words of Torah copiously, saying Tehillim or verbally reviewing Mishna whenever and wherever possible, in order to bolster the existence of Creation, to be saved from chibut hakever and kaf hakela, and to merit all the highest revelations.“

תהא נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים

What a loss to the Montreal community
January 18, 2021 6:33 pm

I always thought Rabbi Cohen was a Tzaddik nistar. His walking down the street was a deeply inspiring and humbling sight to those who witnessed it. May we Have Moshiach right NOW.

A teacher a mentor
January 18, 2021 7:05 pm

I had the pleasure of learning Tania , and shirot of the rebbe with rabbi cohen Zl for over 26 years I must say that he will be greatly missed by our community always positive and very exited by torah mitzvot and mahassim tovim.

DAVID KAKON, math honours B.Sc.
January 18, 2021 8:50 pm

He was my math teacher at Concordia University. I was very inspired by the fact that such a kind man and obviously religious man would teach and know mathematics so well. He was very much part of my journey in re-embracing Judaism and a committed religious life. A great man BDE, thank you Prof. Cohen.

סיפור ששמעתי ממנו וזכות פירסומו יהי לעילוי נשמתו
January 18, 2021 9:13 pm

מספר הרב אליהו כהן ז”ל כשהתקרבי לחסידות הייתי נוהג לדבר אם החסיד הנודע הרב פרץ מאצקין ז״ל, פעם שאלתי ממנו למה לוקח לו כל כך זמן להתפלל בשבת (רב פרץ התפלל באריכות ובעבודה) שאלתי הרי אפילו אם חושבים פירוש המילות אין זה לוקח כל כך זמן וענה לי אפשר להתפלל ולומר לדוגמא חלקים מספר תהילים שנמצאים בתפילה ואפשר לחשוב פירוש המילות אבל אין זה נחשב עדיין ״שאתה״ מתפלל זה רק שאתה חוזר מילים שאמרם דוד מלך ישראל ומבין פירושם וזה נכון אינו לוקח כל כך זמן אבל אם רוצים להגיע שיהי כמו שאתה ״בעצמך אומר״ הדברים מלבך, כאלו נאמרים מדעתך… Read more »

He was a dugma chaya
January 18, 2021 11:30 pm

of a chasid of the rebbe

May Hashem grant the family comfort and strength
January 18, 2021 11:30 pm

Moshiach NOW

May Hashem grant the family comfort and strength
January 18, 2021 11:30 pm

Moshiach Now!

Tzvi Morantz
January 19, 2021 5:18 am

BDE. A true chossid of The Rebbe Shlita every second of his life. His smile and focus, his teaching and farbrenging, his complete love for everyone and his sense of humor are etched in my mind always. May the family and all his students be comforted.

Montreal Has Lost A Giant
January 19, 2021 8:30 am

Growing up in Montreal, we are always blessed with having every Shabbos a Farbrengen it was the ultimate of what a Chassidisheh City should be. He would always sit Bkabolas ol Listening to all, with such humility & holiness. However when anyone would dare use “Negel” With his beautiful sweet smile and personality he wouldn’t allow them. At times it was tough for the kind Frenchman to face the Russians 🙂 but he always did it with such Chesed, he had a huge impact on the entire community. He will be dearly missed!

Moshiach Now
January 19, 2021 11:23 am

BDE, he was such a special man

Rivka Cohen
January 19, 2021 12:37 pm

I’m so shocked and very sad by this news ! My condolences to the whole family!
He will always be remembered what a TSADIK I loved going to his shiourim even though I married a BRESLOV hassid 😉 he also was always always always reading tehilim may his neshama have an aliyah and I’m counting on Rabbi Cohen to storm the heaven for the gueoula sheleima of am Israel please Hashem console his family I cant bear to even imagine their sadness . This is clearly labor pains it cant be much longer! Amen

A polyglot too
January 19, 2021 4:18 pm

Elie was my colleague in Concordia since I was hired in 2000. His figure has been defining the department for many years and I will personally miss his quips when we exchanged amenities. He could also speak Italian quite well, which impressed hugely me and my visiting parents from Italy.

My deepest condolences to the whole family.

Farewell Elie.
Marco Bertola.

Yogendra Chaubey
January 19, 2021 7:35 pm

I have known Elie since I joined Concordia in 1979. He was a great colleague, always ready to hear keenly the other side. We exchanged our salutations with a joke when we were in the office in off-hours, especially during the time when I served the department as its Chair, when I stayed late in office and arrived early. He had his special religious sessions of teaching in off-hours. His joke was, ‘Going on your break now?’ Work was ‘break’ for him. He was always smiling and joking. Life was fun for him. He was very sensitive to students’ issues… Read more »

Miriam Benezri
January 19, 2021 8:10 pm

It is with great sadness that I am reading this article about the passing away of one the greatest Rav in Mtl
I had the privilege to learn with him @so many shiurim for women
He represented what a Hassid should be in his essence

My teacher
January 19, 2021 9:26 pm

Rabbi Cohen was my teacher at Concordia in the fall of 1975.I found him to be an extremely knowledgable professor who set a high standard for his students.He was tough but fair.And if you received a good grade from him you had to earn it.

I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathies to his family on their terrible loss.May Hashem comfort you at this difficult time.

My teacher
January 19, 2021 9:34 pm

Rabbi Cohen was my mathematics teacher at Concordia in the fall of 1975.I found him to be extremely knowledgble and very dedicated.He set a high standard for his students.He was tough but fair.And if you received a good grade from him,you certainly had to work for it.

I would like to extend my sympathies to his family .And may Hashem comfort you at this difficult time.

Shmuel TAYAR
January 19, 2021 9:55 pm


May I add that my teacher and mentor Rabbi Dr. E. Cohen was also co-founder of Lubavitch HEBREW DAY SCHOOL in Cote.S, Luc, Montreal.

A tzadik in our time.

Aharon K
January 20, 2021 3:16 am

I was deeply saddened by the passing of R. Elie. Kind, lively person, very deep and knowledgeable, he was a living example of a tzaddik. Rabbi Cohen’s Tanya classes and his personality helped me a lot with my own attitude to judaism. He was reciting tehilim right beside me while I was having brit milah at the age of 24. Thank you for everything, Rabbi Elie

To Mrs. Rochel Cohen ( nee Gurewitz) and family
January 21, 2021 1:57 am

Rochel, please know that your Bais Rivkah ( Crown Heights) classmates are shaken and terribly saddened by the ptirah of the very special person who was your husband. May The Aibershter give you and the family the emotional strength to keep going and keep his spirit alive until the geulah shlaimah. We pray that Hashem immediately fulfills the promise of vhakitzu v’rannenu shochnai offor, with Rabbi Cohen among them.
Hamakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’ar aveilei tzion ve’rushalayim.

January 21, 2021 2:07 pm

Rav Elie was nothing else but a Hero of modern times, without his teachings on Chassidus, I don’t know where I would of ended up.

Now I am growing to be someone noteworthy of his teachings and will keep growing to become even better.

His memory will live on forever in my heart.

Montreal resident
January 25, 2021 3:08 am

Amazed at how someone can be so into davening and learning and yet take time to notice and greet every person, I had the honour of passing him in the street quite frequently, not once do I remember him without a tehilim, but nonetheless as I would pass him he would always notice me and nod to me, I always felt bad that I was disturbing him from saying tehilim, but he always had a smile and meant it sincerely doing so not because he Had to be polite, but because he had true ahavas Yisroel towards everyone. Going to… Read more »

Rabbi Sholom Blank
January 25, 2021 4:14 pm

Significant amongst the beautiful cherished memories of the Montreal Lubavitch community I grew up in is the Likutei Torah class that R. Eli gave to the members in the shul on Shabbos.
Consolations to the family ,especially to my friend Chai

My mentor, my teacher, and my friend
January 27, 2021 10:27 am

Rav Elie was very special to me. I will miss him dearly. The memories of the time that we have spent together will remain with me for the rest of my life. He was my mashpiach, my professor, and a very caring and dear friend to me. I will try to carry on his spirt with me in my life, although I may never live up to his qualities. Thank you for everything, Elie. I hope we will meet again in Heaven. ז״ל

Jonathan Cohen
January 27, 2021 12:44 pm

Rabbi Cohen is a Tsadik yesod Olam. My father had the luxury of being part of a weekly class with him. Every couple weeks, the shiur would take place at my house. I was a young boy when these Shiurim started, maybe 10 years old. I remember he would ask for me to join and welcome me warmly with a clever and charming line each time. I felt welcomed and loved by him from a very young age. He was truly a special man who devoted his life to Hashem and bringing others jews closer. In his merit, I commit… Read more »