Rabbi Yitzchak Hakohen Arnold, chassid of the Rebbe Rayatz and the Rebbe, and shliach of The Rebbe to Los Angeles for 45 years, passed away on Sunday, 10 Menachem Av, 5782.
He was 93.
Rabbi Arnold’s first encounter with the Rebbe was long before he became the Rebbe, he told JEM’s Here’s My Story. He related that he was just 12 years old, and he remembered the crowd dancing, “suddenly, I felt a hand pull me from behind. When I turned around I saw it was the Rebbe — who urged me to join in the dancing, which I did.”
R’ Arnold studied in the Chabad Yeshiva in 770, and in 1958, the Rebbe instructed him, along with about a dozen others, to go study in Israel for two years.
While in Israel, he met and married his wife, Channa, and they returned to the US where they both entered the field of Chinuch, ending up in Los Angeles.
He related how after five years of married life, they still had no children. His wife then remembered a letter she wrote to the Rebbe long before, when she was a bride, about covering her hair as a married woman.
“At that time, the Rebbe had answered her, ‘If you cover your hair with a wig, as a married woman should, you will have children,'” Rabbi Arnold related.
“She took that letter with her when she went to see the Rebbe to ask for a blessing. She put the letter on the table and said, “I have a promise.” And then she burst into tears.”
The Rebbe recommended a particular fertility clinic, where he suggested she see a doctor whose name he provided. They went there and, fourteen months later, their first son was born.
Rabbi Arnold was a devoted Shliach and co-directed Kolel Tiferet Zkanim Levi Yitzchok, a synagogue for the elderly, in Los Angeles for many years.
He was predeceased by his wife Channa in Iyar, 5781.
He is survived by his children Shloime – Los Angeles, Yaakov – Skokie, IL, Elka – NY, Dina – NY, Leora Budd – Phoenix, AZ, Chaya Sarah Toron – Beachwood, OH, Devorie Silver – NY, and Avremel – Hallandale, FL, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother Rabbi Avrohom Arnold – Lakewood, NJ, Mrs. Dubby Fink– Lakewood, NJ, and Mrs Freida Stein – Lakewood, NJ.
The Levaya will take place on Monday, August 8th in Los Angeles, CA (times and additional details to follow) and will be passing 770 in NY on the way to the airport around 8am.
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.