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Rabbi Yonah Avtzon, 61, OBM

Rabbi Yonah Avtzon, director of Sichos In English publishers and a longtime Crown Heights Shadchan, passed away suddenly on Wednesday morning. Update: Levaya Thursday at 10:45 am. Full Story

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Ad Mosai!!
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Ad Mosai!!

Bde!!

Bde
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Bde

Ad mosai!!!! Moshiach now

BDE
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BDE

So sad

Baruch Dayan Haemes
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Baruch Dayan Haemes

Please Hashem
Ad Mosai
So sorry for family

BDE
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BDE

Terrible. Such a kind person.

Sharing Zalman Moshe's Yohrtzeit!
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Sharing Zalman Moshe's Yohrtzeit!

Both great chasidim

Oy!
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Oy!

We need Moshiach already!

A tremendous loss BDE
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A tremendous loss BDE

He will be greatly missed!!

Relative
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Relative

Bde, so sad, enough is enough

Jack
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Jack

BS”D This must be a bad dream BDE

עד מתי !!!!
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עד מתי !!!!

בד״ה עד מתי השם ירחם על עמו ישראל וישלח כבר עכשיו ומיד את מלך המשיח . שנזכה כבר לגאולה האמיתית והשלימה עכשיו ומיד ממש !!!!!!!

Terrible
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Terrible

Such shocking news
Can’t believe it

BDE
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BDE

Sorry for your lost

BDE
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BDE

So horribly sad.
As a student in Maamer class I attempted to get hold of an English translation for myself and my classmates. I somehow reached out to him and he was so kind and generous. Gave me a booklet for myself and my classmates! Helped us tremendously. May his neshama have an aliyah.

Boruch Dayan Ha’Emes!
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Boruch Dayan Ha’Emes!

Moshiach now!

Unbelieveable
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Unbelieveable

WHY WHY WHY

BDE
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BDE

So Sad to hear! Was an incredible Shadchan! BDE

Boruch Dayan Emes
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Boruch Dayan Emes

I don’t have the words…

WHAAAT????
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WHAAAT????

IM JUST CONFUSED?
IS THIS REAL?
MY SHADCHAN….

BDE
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BDE

What a shock , he was such a kind man .

BDE
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BDE

A real man of chesed, his children are as well. Lubavitch is really not going to be the same without him.

Brokenhearted and shocked
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Brokenhearted and shocked

Yonah had the Zchus to publish the Rebbe’s Torah and from the other Rebbeim. He accomplished so much, and whenever anyone learns from the many Seforim he published, he will continue accomplishing.
הקיצו ורננו שוכני עפר

Bde
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Bde

So sad.
Great family.
Great man.
Always doing the Rebbes work..
Moshiach now

So Tragic!
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So Tragic!

He was a good man;; an irreplaceable loss.
BDE

Boruch Dayan Emes
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Boruch Dayan Emes

It’s with a heavy heart to hear of the great loss of my dear friend Rabbi Yona, who was also my Shadchan mentor. He will be missed worldwide (for a very short time), we should hear only happy news from now on. Akiva Perl

Very bad news
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Very bad news

To lose such a scholar is terrible. For the safety of the rest of the rest of the house check the mezzuzot. A young man and a genius making sichot available to all.

Bde
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Bde

Moshiach now! Ad mosai!

Heartbroken
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Heartbroken

So so awful!!
An amazing shadchan and a truly good person!
Such. terrible shocking news!
He should have a lichtigeh Gan Eden,…… and be a Gutta better for his family.
I’m in tears.

One of a kind
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One of a kind

It is hard to think of anyone in our generation that has the amount of zechusim that he has.

He has brought Torsas Vihashkofas Nissei’ei Chabad to tens of thousands of Yidden.

Knowing him quite well,he will shturem the gates of heaven to allow the Rebbe to be goi’el Klal Yisroel NOW MAMOSH !!!

Big Loss
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Big Loss

He gave me an opportunity to edit and write when no one else would, good man, big loss. Sorry to the family, BDE

BDE
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BDE

Ad Mosai!!

Always always carrying seforim
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Always always carrying seforim

A terrible shock – a huge loss
Ad Mossi ????

עד מתי
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עד מתי

יהודי שעזר להרבה בחורים להשתדך ועוד רבות ורבות דברים טובים
היה מגיע במוצאי שבת לאוהל של הרבי היה ניכר עליו לפני הכניסה לרבי

BDE
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BDE

Reb Yona was a real Chossid, and leaves behind a family who he can be proud of, i personally have benefited from his kindness and generosity (albeit at times very honest, i always knew it was Dvorim Hayotzim Min Halev) BDE.

A Dedicated Chossid  who loved the Rebbe!
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A Dedicated Chossid who loved the Rebbe!

He single handedly was responsible for disseminating the teachings of chassidus to the English speaking world, more than anyone I know. Was dedicated 24×7 to the Rebbe’s Inyanim!!!
I’m sure He is shturiming Now in all the heavens to bring Moshiach right NOW!!! עד מתי!
-A.Raskin

Boruch Dayan Emes
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Boruch Dayan Emes

Aibeshter! Moshiach NOW!

Ditto 34
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Ditto 34

BDE He helped so many people get married A True Shadchan .

BDE
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BDE

I saw him yesterday and asked him when the new volume of shulchan aruch will come out because I almost finished Eiruvin. He said its in the printer and its good someone else learns it besides me. BDE

so so sad
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so so sad

Chenny. and the whole avtzon family. we are thinking of you! this is such a terrible loss. so sorry

Former Detroiter
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Former Detroiter

Baruch Dayan HaEmes – very sad news. Yonah will be missed.

BDE
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BDE

R Avtzon made my shidduch and helped me help others with their shidduchim.
He was a very practical man with good suggestions and put in lots of work to each shidduch he made.
I am shocked to hear the news!
Hashem should bless everyone with MOSHIACH NOW!!!!
RIGHT NOW!!!
R Avton’s neshama should have a tremendous aliya for all the good that he has done and the rippling effect he has had on our community and outwards!!!
He will be sorely missed!!:(

BDE
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BDE

This is very sad and shocking news.
He was always ready to help with Shidduchim, and will be missed.
Moshiach now!

 BDE MOSHIACH RIGHT NOW !!!!!
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BDE MOSHIACH RIGHT NOW !!!!!

Tragic Loss for Lubavitch
Irreplaceable Pillar of Publishing the Rebbeim Chassidus

big Z Schapiro
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big Z Schapiro

BDE

BDE
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BDE

his work made him perhaps be the largest partner to most shluchim in helping thier people get educated towards the rebbe’s teachings.

Such a loss to the community
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Such a loss to the community

This is a tradegy, he was behind the Translation of the Alter Rebbes Shulchan Aruch! And much more!

Ad mosei!
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Ad mosei!

Baruch Dayan Ha’emes

Lubavitch
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Lubavitch

All the real lubavitchers are leaving this world. Only fake lubavitchers left besides for a handful. Lubavitch is crumbling slowly. What will be, no more rebbe and no more real chasidim!??

BDE
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BDE

Amongst his other peulos, R. Yona worked tirelessly every day to help any and every person looking for a shiduch.

He is surely in heaven continuing his great work on behalf of all those that are looking for a shiduch.

BDE
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BDE

BDE

BDE
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BDE

Baruch Dayan HaEmes

BDE
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BDE

such a shock!! My husband was just on the phone yesterday with him regarding a shiduch!!! We need Moshiach Now!!!

so sad
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so sad

besides being such a pillar in Lubavitch , besides being one of the longest and hard working shaddchonim….we will all go on and continue our lives…his family,
he was such a young man, has such a young family, leaves behind young boys and such a young wife.!!
an open home and large family…
Mtar Nist Fregen Beim Aibishter Kein Shum Shailos
all true but such a tragic news!!1

Horrified to hear this
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Horrified to hear this

BDE. In tears how can this be?!? Hashem?!?!??? Bring moshiach now! This can’t be! I’m so sorry Chenny, may you and your family be comforted
Moshiach now

Mrs. A G
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Mrs. A G

Yonah usually had a smile and was one of the kindest people in CH. He leaves a void that only Hashem will fill. May his wife children grandchildren, siblings (Esther B my friend )do good deeds in his memory and bring the Geula now! BDE

Boruch Dayan Ha'Emes
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Boruch Dayan Ha'Emes

He was the humble, unsung hero of many English speakers.
At a recent captivating talk, at Chabad of Teaneck, he brought many chassideshe stories alive. I bought his books.
Wow. Pure. I especially appreciated that though he had his take on each story, he moved those all, to an Appendix of the books, to be read when and if one wished. I did. They were extremely good, his having thought much about them.
A rare and humble move that I hope all historic writers follow.

Bde is smile
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Bde is smile

I never speak to this person but I member him in 770 always with a smile
Is look like a real חסיד

Yona - Man of Truth - The Rebbe's man
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Yona - Man of Truth - The Rebbe's man

Yona lived and breathed the Rebbes writings and spreading the light of the chassidus. He was a friendly man and did everything with an emes. I will miss him. He went to the mikveh on a daily basis where I would meet him to shmooze.

aside for shadchan
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aside for shadchan

which i am not minimizing c”v, he was also a tremendous talmid chochom, and yodeah sefer. he was without blitos, a true chossid. i am honored to consider him a friend.

ברוך דיין האמת
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ברוך דיין האמת

So sad to hear, No words

ברוך דיין האמת
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ברוך דיין האמת

Hashem is taking the very best, משיח עכשיו!!

Shocking! So sad!
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Shocking! So sad!

No words to describe the great loss to our Chabad community to Klal Yisroel, to those personal partners and friends who shared in his vital activities, to all those recipients of his Good/Great Deeds or to the greatest loss suffered by this exceptionally warm Avtzon family and mostly to his dear young children and wife…😢😢😭😭🥺🥺😢😢 Ad Mosai?!

BDE
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BDE

Aside for his own family and the many Shidduchim, he leaves behind so many books and the effects of those books that made so much Chassidus accessible to so many in an authentic way. So sad that his productive life was cut so short.

Great guy.
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Great guy.

Nicest guy. Accomplished tons for the Rebbe MhM.
Sichos In English invaluable source. BDE.

Yoel Seliger
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Yoel Seliger

Bsd bde rachmana latzlan.a huge loss for clall Yisroel. opened the doors of understanding to Rebbes works rambam and so much more to the world’s English speakers and more. Where would we be without his efforts. Such an amazing scholarship and eloquence..ad masai? Moshiach now!!!

BDH
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BDH

Such a friendly, good man. What a loss.

Bde
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Bde

Horrible news
Such a great person will definitely be a guter better far di gantze Mishpochah

Bde
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Bde

Looking at his beautiful and special family one by one, you can see who Rabbi Avtzon was.

Leah ❤
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Leah ❤

Bde we love you Leah , Brhs freshman’s

OY OY!
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OY OY!

Horrific news, so sad – BDE

);.
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);.

There is no words to express…

LEAH!!!💖
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LEAH!!!💖

BDE. We are so sorry for ur loss and look forward to only simchos❤
Lots of love,
Your family at Bais Rivka:)

ND Dubov
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ND Dubov

BDE. Shocking. I worked with Yonah on projects for 30 years. His zechusim and Hafotzas Hamayonos are unbelievable. My heart goes out to the family. We are with you in the pain and loss. Moshiach Now!

Ben Abrams
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Ben Abrams

Yona – Chossid and Tomim ben Chossid and Tomim. A devoted Son, Brother, Husband, Father and Zaida. A no-nonsense straight talker. A beautiful open and caring heart. Humble despite yeoman achievements in HAFOTZAS HAMAAYANOS. A true friend to so many with Emes as his guiding light. And the living shall place it to their heart (to emulate his midos toivos) Reb Yona we miss you and the genuine friendship you shared No words – to adequately express what cannot be expressed at a moment such as this, BDE A friend, a mentch, tremendous achievements and productivity in the area of… Read more »

so sad to hear
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so sad to hear

He really tried so hard to help with shidduchim

Kalman
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Kalman

So SAD, Moshiach NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BDE
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BDE

We will miss you Uncle Yaineh.
The nicest man who was always helping everyone out

BDE
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BDE

Ad Mosai

BDE
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BDE

Shocked beyond shocked. Cannot fathom. No words!!! Strength to the family!!!!!

He made my son's shidduch
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He made my son's shidduch

Very sad. The entire Crown Heights mourns with the family. Rabbi Avtzon had the zchus of creating so many beautiful shidduchim and chasiddishe homes. We greatly benefited from Rabbi Avtzon’s time and attention. May Hashem bless his family with strength during this awful time. Moshiach Now! BDE

Beyond Belief
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Beyond Belief

Rabbi Avtzon was a special & kind person, even when he was
in the hospital very recently he was working on my son’s behalf, such dedication and warmth in a person that I met
just once was beyond the normal. May his family only have Simchas in the future and may he have a Lictakah Genadin. BDE

Chills
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Chills

Look at today’s Hayom Yom and you will see you the Rebbe discusses event tied with R. Avtzon’s life

BDE, may he be a gutta beta for his family and klal yisroel

Bde!!!
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Bde!!!

Ad mosai!!what a special man!!! What is happening with empire shul all these people dying…wake up call!!!

stunned
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stunned

What a loss!!
R’ Yonah Avtzon was caring and kind and giving.
Always responding to shidduchim – although I am sure he had hundreds of e-mails.
He was a no-nonsense man and always gave good advice.
Hashem should bring lots of nechama to his family!!
A wonderful and special soul!

בד"א
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בד"א

What a tragedy,

Reb Yona
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Reb Yona

Always with a smile
Always with a helping hand
Emes till the end

May the family find comfort.

Bde
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Bde

Ad Masai! We should only hear good news!

Ad mosai
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Ad mosai

BDE

bde
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bde

we love you meir
from ot mesivta

BDE
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BDE

I did not know the niftar, yet I feel incredible pain at the news of his passing. I would credit his organization which he directed and offered so many translations as keeping me, a Shliach who grew up on shlichus, deeply connected to chasidic thought and philosophy. It’s taken for granted now, having such access since so many books and I know that without them I would not see where I am today. Ad mosai

Such a loss
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Such a loss

No one will be able to step into Reb Yonahs O”H shoes!
He is truly irreplaceable!
Just from the vast outpouring of emotions here on COL, since we all heard the shocking tragic news that has affected so so many of us, its clear to see what a giant of a man he was – in so many ways

He will be sorely missed by all who were involved with him and those who weren’t too
May he continue all his wonderful peulos from Shomayim
What a loss!:(((

Oh mon D......
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Oh mon D......

Jusqu’à quand cette galout va-t-elle durée!!???
Barouh Dayan aemet!

💕💕
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💕💕

Leah we are so sorry for your loss, we love you, may moshiach come and you reunited with your father ad mosia

Oh. My.
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Oh. My.

61? Walking around fine one day, doesn’t get up the next day? Carpe Diem, man. Live today like it could be all you have – because it IS all you have, until and unless you get up tomorrow. And then live tomorrow like it’s all you have…

I’ll miss him, special guy he was. And I’ll try to live my moments richly, forward. You never know. You really don’t.

community loss
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community loss

Rabbi Avtzon will be so sorely missed.
Filling his shoes is impossible.

I k
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I k

BDE such a special generous kind mensch. A true chossid .No words to express the loss. The community and Chabad have lost a great person.
He has the most amazing wife and beautiful family. May they see only yeshout and nechamot.

Boruch Dayaan haemes
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Boruch Dayaan haemes

Such terrible news

Anyone has his name for mitzvos leyilui nishmas?
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Anyone has his name for mitzvos leyilui nishmas?
Horrible and shocking news
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Horrible and shocking news

Not to be believed Such an inspiration to so many. There are no words to describe how he will be missed and how badly we need the Hisgalus of the Rebbe. Ad Mosai. Enough

to 98
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to 98

Yona ben Meir

bde.
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bde.

Reb Yonah will be so sorely missed.

To 98
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To 98

R’ Yonah Ben R’ Meir.

In honor of Yaneh
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In honor of Yaneh

Let’s all commit to continuing Yanehs work, everyone please make 3 phone calls and try to make a Shidduch

Shalom's chavrusa
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Shalom's chavrusa

So sad to hear this news,,,,, may his neshama have an aliya…. bde

Ad mosai
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Ad mosai

Unbelievable crazy I can’t believe this, Reb Yona was
A true chosid

Rivka
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Rivka

His wife Rivka is a true eishes chayil.
she was at his side through all the publishing, shidduchim, and everything else that he had accomplished.
may her and the children be united with yonah with the coming of moshiach now!

intresting to note his yichus
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intresting to note his yichus

Like, father and son-
Yeineh comes from the chossid of the Alter Rebbe R’ Binyomin Kletzeker who helped with the printed of the Tanya and down the line Sichos in English founded to help explain Tanya and chassidus.

Yankel Koncepolski
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Yankel Koncepolski

ברוך דיין אמת

A great Chossid, A special person
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A great Chossid, A special person

So difficult to believe. A Great Chossid. Old style. An Askon. A good benevolent person with a great heart. A man of tremendous accomplishments, yet humble and unassuming.
Will be missed terribly.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים ואך טוב וחסד, בטוב הנראה והנגלה, ימצא אתכם תמיד כל הימים ויקיצו וירננו שוכני עפר, והוא, יקירנו בתוכם, תיכף ומיד ממש

BDE
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BDE

A very special family

How About ?????
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How About ?????

how about reciting the entire Tehillim this motzei Shabbos after 12 midnight , just like Hoshana Rabba ??????

May his wife be comforted
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May his wife be comforted

His wife rivka is such a special lady. She raised his wonderful talented family of 12 with such a special dedication. She was a pillar of support in all his hafatzus hamayanus. Only hashem can comfort her.

Ad mosai!!!

BDE
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BDE

Chanie, my thoughts are with you.
May the Aibershter grant you and your family a true nechama – which is only possible with the coming of Moshiach NOW.

ברוך דיין האמת
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ברוך דיין האמת

Chenny, we are all thinking of you…

Boruch Dayan Emes
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Boruch Dayan Emes

Shocking news… We are so sorry to hear this, and we cannot believe the news I looked up to Yona Avtzon as a true Chossid and as a child i benefited greatly from his Seforim and still do now – all the things in English that we take for granted – Seforim written with genuine Yiras Shomayim and bring the reader to a greater love of Hashem and the Torah – as well as all the other Seforim of Chassidus and Halacha that we use all the time As being someone who greatly benefited with his help in Shidduchim, i… Read more »

May all the Avtzon's , his wife and family be comforted..
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May all the Avtzon's , his wife and family be comforted..

What a loss..
Thinking of you,
Stery and Shaina

bde
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bde

Des gens d’exception
une famille extraordinaire

Dearest Leah
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Dearest Leah

Baruch Dayan Ha’emes! Our BRHS family is so sorry for your loss. Only Simchos. May you and your family be comforted.

Love,
A Sophmore

Shaddchun Mentch
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Shaddchun Mentch

Rabbi Aftzon Z”L, set the standards for what a shaddchun is all about! He worked tirelessly helping all those who needed shidduchim in a timely and respectful manner and was never too busy to return phone calls and emails, and his kindness in a difficult parsha was more than words can say.His loss will be greatly felt!!! With G-d’s help on the other side you can somehow continue to help with shidduchim…

Do they really need a Shadchan in Shamayim?
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Do they really need a Shadchan in Shamayim?

I know Rabbi Avtzon a”h (a pillar in Lubavitch) was that much more, as Rabbi Gershon Avtzon sheyichye remarked “the words of the Rebbe to the people; a Sefer about Moshiach..Our only comfort is that any moment with the arrival of Moshiach we will be celebrating sooo many Chasunas as in Tu B’av … Rabbi Yonah will spur the process by putting the couples together.. Ad Mosai?? We ARE READY!!

Bde
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Bde

A real loss

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