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Rabbi Yaacov Schwei, 86, OBM

Rabbi Yaacov Schwei, the eldest of the 3 members of the Crown Heights Beis Din who escaped the Soviet Union and received personal instructions from the Rebbe, passed away on Friday. Full Story, Photos

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April 24, 2020 11:42 am

Baruch Dayan HaEmes!
We need Moshiach now!
He was such a special person!

What a loss
April 24, 2020 11:43 am

We need Moshiach.
What a great Rav

Mrs Pamela Hackner
April 24, 2020 11:46 am


Baruch dayen haemes
April 24, 2020 11:46 am

Baruch dayen haemes!

April 24, 2020 11:48 am

Dear rabbi schwei, thank you for always understanding our young families situations, for giving accurate but moderate advice yet never compromising Halacha . Never getting involved in machlokes . May you have a lichtige gan Eden . Help shine your light in shamayim to end machlokeis in Lubavitch so Moshiach can come .

April 24, 2020 11:49 am

Baruch Dayan Haemes.
May his neshomo have an aliya, and storm the heavens, beseeching and begging the Aibishter to have mercy on us, and end this horrible plague and bring Moshiach right now!!!

Mashiach Now
Reply to  landsman
April 24, 2020 12:29 pm

Amen 🙌🏻

April 24, 2020 11:50 am

Chaval al deavdin. The heavens received a very special Neshomo. Not fair. Larger then life midos Tovos. Etc. honestly too hurt to speak about him now. Chaval chaval chaval.

April 24, 2020 11:51 am

whats going to be?

He was a very special man!! who always smiled and gave people the time of day. He always had patience and was understanding and considerate.

AD Mosai! Moshiach now!!

Very tragic! He was a rav mschmo umla!
April 24, 2020 11:52 am

Someone that respected by evreybody!a real chossidisher rov!a rov that lived and yearnd for moshiach! A real example for the community!he had alot of ahvos yisroel and patience!how sad!however we are sure that he went up there to be akshen zein for the hitgalus of moshiach!!!

April 24, 2020 11:53 am


No words
April 24, 2020 11:55 am

Rabbi Schwei had unparalleled compassion and gentleness. This is an unspeakable loss for our world.

Moshiach has to come!!!

HIs Student
April 24, 2020 11:56 am

When I studied at ULY, he was my teacher. I was in charge of organizing farbrengens (shopping for farbeisen, raising money, booking a mashpia to farbreng with us, etc.). Rabbi Schwei, our own rebbi, always demurred. Finally, one week, after begging him, he agreed. All the bachurim were sitting and noshing when he sat down. After a niggun, he started to cry. And cry. And cry. Finally, he managed to say, “I hear that bachurim are going to not tzniusdike websites… and then he just started to sob. After composing himself, he excused himself and left. The farbrengen lasted a… Read more »

HIs Student
Reply to  HIs Student
April 24, 2020 12:39 pm

This was about 20 years ago.

Reply to  HIs Student
April 24, 2020 6:26 pm

Brought tears..

April 24, 2020 11:58 am

I am heartbroken to hear this terrible news. I have been calling Rabbi Schwei since I got married with shailos and he has never been anything but exceedingly kind to me, always. I will miss him greatly.

April 24, 2020 12:03 pm

BDE. Our role models are being taken

broken heart
April 24, 2020 12:05 pm

BDE Ad Mosai!!!

Oy vey..
April 24, 2020 12:13 pm

What a huge loss for our whole community.
Der Aibishter is hitting hard, please stop this and bring moshiach immediately!!!

April 24, 2020 12:16 pm

He gi to shamayim to bring moshiach right now. Its cant be!!!! Such a great person, rov, i always feel that he realy listening and understand!!!! So so sad..

April 24, 2020 12:16 pm

Rappaport family thinking of you ❤️
We need moshiach now!!

Rabbi Dalfin
April 24, 2020 12:19 pm

Rabbi Schwei was our thurd mesivta rebbi in uly. He insilled in us yiras shamayim. I recall him saying one that wears a yarmulka that requires a pin to hold it on the head shows that his yiras shamayim hangs on the pin and isnt really inside the person…

Hed make winter melave malkas in the 770 montgemry shul, tell stories of chasidim.of old and teach a nigun…

He will have illuminated gan eden and bring mashiach.

Baruch Dayan Haemes
April 24, 2020 12:24 pm

Baruch Dayan Haemes

April 24, 2020 12:25 pm

Very sad
Best Rabbi ever !

April 24, 2020 12:26 pm

So many words to describe Rabbi Shwei. If I had to choose one, it would be kind. Always kind. No matter the topic or situation, Rabbi Shwei always led with kindness. BDE. So very sad. What a great loss to humanity.

baruch dayan hoemes
April 24, 2020 12:27 pm

“chaval al deovdin vlo mishtakchin”, wow is to us, that he passed away.

April 24, 2020 12:29 pm

Is this real?!!! Ad mossai!! We need moshiach!! May his neshama have an aliya, and may comfort come upon his family

Sooooo sad!!!
April 24, 2020 12:29 pm

He was unmatched in so many ways!!!!
Can’t be!!!

Correction regarding CGI parksville:
April 24, 2020 12:33 pm

Rabbi Schwei, or Reb Yankel, was also in Camp Gan Israel, Montreal, as Camp Rabbi in the late 60’s and early 70;s He helped me prepare my Bar Mitzvah Maamer
An amazingly humble special kind of Chosid. I will always remember him.

Yasef Minkowitz

April 24, 2020 12:34 pm


He was what I always thought a Rov should be..
April 24, 2020 12:36 pm

So many stories.. I came to ask a question, he asked me about my parnossa. Mind you, question I came to ask had nothing to do with parnossa. I did not complain about parnossa. He asked! Because he cared. I said I was between projects, so it was tough at the moment. Few months later, by mechiras chometz, it was a huge crowd. Rav Schwei got up, left everyone behind, took me to separate room and said: “I remember you had a hard time. I could not help you at the time, but now, BH, I can. What do you… Read more »

Thank you for sharing
Reply to  He was what I always thought a Rov should be..
April 24, 2020 1:07 pm

Thank you for sharing, so beautiful.

This is a sad moment in crown heights

No words to describe our loss
April 24, 2020 12:37 pm

Moshiach Now

April 24, 2020 12:45 pm

Tragic loss.

Every time I went in to him for a question, he had or a shulchan aruch or taharah kehalocha open in front of him.

Serious Rav.

From Argentina
April 24, 2020 12:46 pm

Years before, among other things I remember when Rab Schwei traveled to Cordoba, Argentina. We were lucky that the Rabbi came to spend the Chagim with us. I will never forget when the Rabbi read Chana’s Haftara on the first day of Rosh Hashana, he cried and could not continue reading for a moment, this happened every year he came. I never heard Haftara again with that emotion
A great loss. Baruch Dayan Haemet

Special Rov
April 24, 2020 1:21 pm

Rabbi Schwei was a most humble , patient and caring Rov whenever I spoke with him.

Ad mosai!
April 24, 2020 2:17 pm

Rav Schwei lived up to his name. He was an outstanding talmid chochom, a true chosid, an oheiv shalom, a rodef shalom, he had true ahavas Yisroel and brought people closer to the Torah.
The Rebbe spoke once about the merits about a person who passes away on a Friday. A great loss.

April 24, 2020 2:41 pm

Was my Rebbe in ULY 11th grade.
Kind and gentle Rav.
May his family and all of us continue to emulate his kindness.
He will be missed.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes
April 24, 2020 2:45 pm

He respected all people. He really cared.
Big loss to the community.

True compassion
April 24, 2020 2:53 pm

When Rabbi Schwei had to give an answer to a shaaleh that wasnt okay, you could see the genuine pain he felt at having to pasken as such. He really cared.

April 24, 2020 2:58 pm

I will
never forget the patients R’Schwei had as a rebbe in Lubavitcher Yeshiva ,we were learning the sugya of כוורת in masechta shabbos and he explained it time after time and then drew drawings and every time he explained it as a first time..אבד חסיד מן הארץ

Ad mosai
April 24, 2020 3:31 pm

Such an incredible loss for the community. Rabbi Schwei was such a special, humble, and kind Rav. May Hashem bring Moshiach immediately and return those that we lost back to us.

A great chossid and Rebbi.
April 24, 2020 3:38 pm

Rabbi Schwei obm was my Rebbi in ULY in the 70s. He would repeat the Gemara many times…the third or fourth time as slow aidel and gentle as the first time. Before that, Rabbi Schwei was Camp Rebbi in CGI Montreal where he taught me the Bar Mitzva Maamor and Haftorah Trup. Besides all..Rabbi Schwei had a great talent in art. I remember as a young camper watching him in amazement how he was drawing the beautiful banners with portraits of the Rabbeim and so much more with such perfection. His banners adored the walls of the camp dining hall… Read more »

Chaim Citron
April 24, 2020 4:04 pm

When I was a young bachur at Bedford and Dean in the late fifties and early sixties, Rabbi Schwei would sometimes come and talk to the bachurim. He was so sincere he was so emesdik he was so eidel that I looked at him as an example and role model of what a true Chassid should be.

Such a gentle, respectful rov
April 24, 2020 6:52 pm

without compromising halacha

I will miss him so much


Moshiach NOW !!!

Fond memories of Rabbi Schwei O.B.M.
April 24, 2020 6:52 pm

Rabbi Schwei as Camp Rabbi in Gan Yisroe in Montreal, would often Farbreng with the counsellors with special Tochen ,which inspires me to this day! Rabbi Schwei would also teach the Trop of leining every Erev Shabbos before Mincha as we settled on the Camp’s front lawn in a semi circle . these are some of the unforgettable moments that will forever be etched in my mind and in the minds of others of hundreds of campers and counsellors who had the great Zechus of being under his special guidance. He is being missed sorely.The only solution is MOSHIACH NOW!… Read more »

a huge loss for the whole Kehilla and Chabad
April 24, 2020 6:53 pm

May we be zoche to see you in a guf gashmi with Moshiach NOW

Bang down the gates of golus for us

May Rabbi Schwei be a gute beter for us all

Irreplaceable loss!
April 25, 2020 7:12 pm

Don’t usually write, but need to express the deep pain that I feel, I hope the family reads these comments. This is an irreplaceable loss for crown heights and chassidim everywhere.There is so much to be said and I am sure will be, but i think, as I read in a comment here that Rabbi Schwei was the Ahron Hakohen of our generation. Answering women’s shaalos, with such sensitivity, The Rov we could call with the most uncomfortable shaalos… And he was so reassuring…thus promoting sholom bayis… Rabbi Schwei passed away on חסד שבתפארת. I dont know how to explain… Read more »

personal memories
April 25, 2020 8:54 pm

I had the Zchus to listening to him as a Chazn (Rosh Hashonoh and Yom Kippur) in Cordoba, Argentina for several years. I was very young then, but I was very impressed and left a strong mark his feelings and tears in his Tefilos, especially in “Asoro Harugei Malchus” part. I remember as a kid sitting down to study / listen to his class there in cordoba, he used to study with his grandchildren, the Turk’s, and I sat to listen the Chumesh’s class, etc. despite not understanding a word, it was the whole class in Yiddish… until now I… Read more »

He was the Rov to call
April 26, 2020 12:29 am

HE was so gentle and not judgmental . You could ask him any shaila.
If he didn’t know he even said so.
He surely can help bring Moshiach NOW!!

Rabbi Schwei A neighbor and Rav
April 26, 2020 1:32 am

I was granted the zchus of being Rabbi Schwei’s neighbor ever since I remember. He had such compassion and true ahavas Yisrael. He always would ask me how I was doing in different areas of my life. He cared so much and tried to help when times were challenging. A true talmid Chacham which was a true chossid . He personified what a true chossid is. I can’t believe that Hashem took his neshama ITS NOT OK ,WE NEED HIM!!!! Hashem please stop taking the most special,kind and true Chasidim! I know that he will storm the heavens והחי יתן… Read more »

Rabbi Schwei left a strong chain
April 26, 2020 4:30 pm

I did not have the honour of meeting Rabbi Schwei, howevr I have met some of his grand- children who live in LUTON ENGLAND. Eacha and everyone are role models to clall Yisroel.

from Montreal
April 26, 2020 10:59 pm

much has been written – so …..humbly we pen a few lnes.JUST THE MENTION OF THE NAME YANKEL OR ISAAC SCHWEI BROUGHT PEOPLE TO A HALT
AND AN AWE AND RESPECT FROM EVERYONE. DEDICATED TO THE REBBE AT EVERY TURN.we can imagine how they said hareini mekabel olay mitzvas asei shel veohavto
lereiacho komoycho. Talented and distinguished, together with their spouses
and children, there was no person in need who was turned away.
Hamokom Yenachem ESchem Besoch Shaar Aveiley Tzion Veyerushalayim