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Rabbi Shimon Raichik, 68, OBM

Rabbi Shimon Raichik, who was born to Shlichus and served as the Rov of Congregation Levi Yitzchok in Los Angeles, passed away on Chof Kislev - Rosh Hashana of Chassidus. Levaya in Los Angeles at 11 am Thursday. Full Story

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Duchman Mendel
November 24, 2021 11:01 am

A very sad sad day in Los Angeles and the world over.

Bentzion Kravitz
November 24, 2021 11:15 am

So sad. In addition to the time we spent together in Los Angeles, I will never forget sharing a taxi to Boro Park to get a kapota, he had a good sense of humor and amazing wisdom. This is a tremendous loss. May Hashem comfort the entire family.

Devorah Hayman
November 24, 2021 11:20 am

LA and the world has lost an extraordinary, beloved, devoted Rov and leader. Unbelievably devastating news. My heart goes out to the Raichik family and the LA community. Ad Masai!!!!!!

Ad Mosai !!
November 24, 2021 11:22 am

The Aibishter just keeps collecting diamonds. Ad Mosai !!! Please Aibishter send us Moshiach you are leaving us without Leaders!!!!

A Heart of Chassidic Warmth a Mind of Brilliance
November 24, 2021 11:25 am

Shimon, it cannot be! A person of exceptional Ahavas Yisroel. Truly his father’s Son. A master of Kabolos Ol and faithfulness of a Tomim at all times. Born in the wild’s of LA and fired with the love of every Jew and humanity. Shimon, one of the outstanding Gems of 770, A brilliant Rav, a dedicated Chossid, a prolific writer and chronicler ofChassidic law and lore. Shimon, every Tomim’s friend and then some. Shimon, every heartbeat in sync with the Rebbes directives. Shimon, a humble man who stood taller then most of his protégés in Yeshiva. Shimon, who lived what… Read more »

Reply to  A Heart of Chassidic Warmth a Mind of Brilliance
November 24, 2021 12:38 pm

Warm Condolences & Strength from Above to all the family.
May Rov Shimon Raichik’s Memory always be for a Blessing.
Hessel & Miriam Leah Kessler & Family

Yosi Rimler
November 24, 2021 11:30 am

אבד חסיד…He was a great mashpia and rov. But mores so…one many knew they can find correct advice in times of crisis that he shared בלב ונפש
ונהנין ממנו עצה ותושיה
He will be greatly missed.

November 24, 2021 11:45 am

The world has lost one of the brightest lights there was. Thank you for all those special moments we spent farbrenging, helping to guide us yungerleit bdarchei hachassidus…

Baruch Dayan HaEmes

A TRUE Chosid in every sense of the word!
November 24, 2021 11:48 am

He is sorely missed! AD MOSAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Harav Shimmy
November 24, 2021 11:59 am

Tremendous loss to his family the entire chabad family and to all who came in contact with him. baki in the rebbe”s sichos and minhagei chabad par excellence, תוכו כברו and ahavas yisroel written all over his face with feeling and sensitivity towards all. אבד חסיד מן הארץ וחבל על דעבדין. געוואלד געוואלד

big Z Schapiro
November 24, 2021 12:19 pm


Yohonoson Allison
November 24, 2021 12:21 pm

Incredible loss to the LA community.

Yes, and even more so
Reply to  Yohonoson Allison
November 24, 2021 2:14 pm

Incredible loss to the world over.

One of the best people on the planet -
November 24, 2021 12:42 pm

Incredible loss.

An exemplary chassid
November 24, 2021 12:44 pm

Reb shimon like father and mother and twin Yossi were exemplary chassidim. Totally impervious and above the rampant shtus that was and still is prevalent in LA. At the same time so given over to all Yidden regardless of their observance or non observance. it made no difference He grew up in a cute little house on Edinburgh Ave in Fairfax straight out of a east European shtetel. Just by observing this family and their emunah pashuta and true mesiras nefesh was unprecedented in Los Angeles at the time and still is We are losing too many giants now and… Read more »

November 24, 2021 12:55 pm

He was the most incredible kind person. He loves everyone! His level of care was beyond outstanding. He is going to help bring Moshiach up there.

I didn’t know him personally
November 24, 2021 1:06 pm

He was a true Chossid, yireh shomayim, dogma chaya, and Shaliach, in every sense . He’ll be missed worldwide.
PLEASE AIBESHRER, take us out of this galus!!!

Oy Hashem!!!
November 24, 2021 1:10 pm

Pls stop and just send Moshiach alredy!!!
We cant take it anymore!!!!

Los Angeles
November 24, 2021 1:44 pm

A very say sad for many. What an incredible Rav. Bde

November 24, 2021 2:02 pm

Rabbi Raichik was the most amazing human being. He was by my side and supported me through many trials and tribulations. The community his most righteous family have lost a Jewish parent,brother, grandfather, husband and leader. I will so miss his presence , advice and his way of preserving our Righteous Rebbe and the Rebbe’s holy words.

November 24, 2021 2:26 pm

Libraries can be filled of the unimaginable chesed he did…as a rov..he would spend hours and days to help someone in his role as rov or mashpia….and often refusing any money people offered him. When something big was on your chest….he was the address…and he knew how to help. צדיק אבד ואין איש שם על לב

Rabbi Moishe leider
November 24, 2021 2:27 pm

The Jewish community in San Diego as well and my family in particular mourns this great man. We were all touched by him and his father in so many ways for over 45 years. Boruch Dayan haemes

November 24, 2021 2:28 pm

Very sad day for the LA community. A huge loss. Rav raichik was a pillar in LA in so many ways. His wife is the most incredible women and his kids are insanely kind, and just incredible people! Stay strong! Moshiach NOW.

He will be sorely missed
November 24, 2021 3:32 pm

Love and Kindness were hallmark’s of his leadership style. A great man and a loss that will sting.

THE best !
November 24, 2021 4:16 pm

The best rov .. warmest most generous and selfless soul … no judgements from him only smile laughter and authentic hiskashrus to the rebbe …. And I only saw him from time to time when visiting his shule … he always remembered me and we shared some regards from home … real proper leader

עד מתי
November 24, 2021 4:30 pm

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל ה’ אֱלֹהֵינוּ ה’ אֶחָד.

Beautiful warm Chassidishe ponim
November 24, 2021 4:37 pm

I didn’t have the privlege to know the rav, but just from these pictures he radiates chein and goodness. Baruch Dayan Haemess

November 24, 2021 4:45 pm

bde. so sad…he was the face of la breas community. he was such a caring nice person who always smiled and had something good to say…such a chossid the way he would teach a maamor he would really live it. I remember how i would join the shiur always just because he made chassidus sound so geshmak. La will never be the same. We need Moshiach. Ad mosai

A Shliach
November 24, 2021 5:23 pm

I am a BT who was going through some difficult times and i wanted, to G-d Forbid, take off the beard i had grown…i was sent to R’Raichik and he sat with me and said the right things to influence me in a way that i should keep my beard and ‘not worry about what could go wrong’

This was a turning point in my life and i went on to get married, be a father and a merkos Shliach..with a full beard

May Rabbi Raichik be eternally rewarded for the good he did
Baruch Dayan HaEmes!

A huge loss for our world!
November 24, 2021 6:43 pm

Our world has lost a real diamond. A dugma chay in chassidishkeit, varmkeit, and true Ahavas Yisroel. Our hearts go out to Chana Leiba and the entire Raichik family and to the L.A. community. Ad Mossai!!!!!
!והקיצו ורננו שוכני עפר
Falik and Simie Schtroks (Chanowitz) British Columbia

BenZion Welton
November 24, 2021 8:45 pm

My teacher in Hadar Hatorah and a teacher here on the West Coast. A truly inspirational chassid! While his brother Yossie was being carried on the shoulders of all the Persian kids he rescued, Reb Shimon clapped and cheered. You will return soon!

Ad Mosai! Moshiach Must Come Now
November 24, 2021 9:31 pm

BD”E Cannot fathom that this is real. Rabbi Raichik was a lion, a force above nature in goodness, kindness, and a giant in Torah. He lit the world up by helping people far and near. He made each one feel cared for and guided by his wisdom and big heart. The world has lost someone great, of course he is storming the heavens to bring Moshiach immediately, may we see the geulah shelaima immediately please GD!

A true humble Chosid and Rav
November 24, 2021 10:12 pm

Always caring for others and seeking peace. Los Angeles will truly miss Rav Raichik.
Ad Masai.

"ליכטיג און ווארעם"
November 24, 2021 11:16 pm

Was in the house many times, was always fill of ohr
Warm chasideshe pure light.
Horrible loss.
עד מתי

What a great loss.
November 24, 2021 11:46 pm

I had the chance to sit in his Tanya classes a few times. He was a great teacher with a sharp and quick sense of humor. Always kind and humble. Rav Raichick and Mrs Raichick have been true examples of chassidim.
Baruch Dayan Haemet. What an incredible loss.
May the family gain strength from above.

Aura Shira, Hannah and Adelle Michel

Simmy’s friend
November 25, 2021 12:44 am

There really are no words to describe how sad we all feel. We lost a giant of a man a tzadik a holy soul n person. A true kind loving rov bde. 💔 moshiach now
Sending love n strength

רונן חממי
November 25, 2021 12:51 am

יהי זכרו ברוך. איזה אדם מיוחד. מלח העולם. זכות גדולה להכירו. תודה על כל העזרה והנתינה למשפחתינו שתמיד עשה באהבה .זצ”ל

Yid from LA
November 25, 2021 2:03 am

I remember about 7 years ago Chanukah he was standing on the entrance of Ralph on labrea giving out lakes to mekarv yidden to yiddishkeit and Chanukah. I was very amazed .
About 15 years ago he went to a shul to speak last day Yom Tov and I asked him questions and he answered them so wisely

Rabbi Raichik
November 30, 2021 1:40 am

A true shliach
A gadol baTorah
And yet knew how to connect with people

Rabbi Shimon Raichik ob”m
December 7, 2021 5:43 pm

He oversaw my conversion. May his Neshama have an aliyah in that merit. He always spoke softly and exemplified chessed and anavah.