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Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Itkin, 69, OBM

Rabbi Fitche Itkin, a transplant of 770 in Pittsburgh who served as a Shliach and a beloved Mashpia for young and old, passed away after an illness. Levaya will pass 770 on Tuesday. Full Story

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BDE- Moshiach now!
December 19, 2023 12:52 am

May Hashem comfort and strengthen the family and bring the ultimate nechama of Moshiach now! Thinking of my friend, Tzvi Kievman, from Yerushalayim

Former Student
December 19, 2023 1:09 am

I remember R’Itkin was always kind and caring. I saw him personally ask students how they were doing to try helping them in Yeshiva

I myself struggled in Chassidus class, and he made sure that I learnt Chassidus at a pace different than the class, so that I was able to learn Chassidus. That kindness helped me stay connected to yidishkeit years later.

He was a true Chassid. His connection to the Rebbe was so strong that it helped inspire not just him, but us students as well.

We just lost a great giant!
BDE

Fellow student
Reply to  Former Student
December 19, 2023 8:32 am

I literally had the same experience.

I saw it too
Reply to  Former Student
December 19, 2023 10:04 am

I saw first-hand how he took special interest in every single student, no matter where they were holding. In fact the ones who were struggling he took the most interest in, and made them feel important.

A big mentsch
December 19, 2023 2:22 am

B”h
Condolences to the Itlin family. The Pittsburgh Anash community has lost
one of the most caring community members. HaMakom Yenachem Eschem Besoch Shaat Avlei Tziyon BeYerushalayim!

ברוך דיין האמת
December 19, 2023 2:44 am

A tremendous loss for the Pittsburgh community. May he be returned to us very soon with והקיצו ורננו שוכני עפר!

Mashpee in Oholei Torah 8th Grade
December 19, 2023 4:16 am

BDE What a loss! Before going to Pittsburgh, he served as a chasidus teacher in Oholei Torah 8th Grade. I learned Tanya from him. I remember one specific story that demonstrated what a unique person he was. He created a competition about knowing Tanya bal per. The winner was going to get a certain sefer. I came in second place and he noticed my disappointment. Immediately after class he called me aside and told me that the next day he would bring me a sefer as well. He always noticed people’s feelings and responded accordingly .

איש חסיד היה
December 19, 2023 7:39 am

חבל על דאבדין
A real freshwater Chosid with a special warmth loved by all. Will be dearly missed. His will live on through his beautiful family and talmidim.

Chen Goodman
December 19, 2023 8:21 am

Oy, BDE! Rabbi Itkin was a real chossid down to his bones. I remember that NY trip, very special experience that he made happen. Zachiti to be in his class a see what a chossid is. May hashem send the family whatever nechama they need! Moshiach Achshav!

Benny
December 19, 2023 8:29 am

What a loss. He was an amazing person. Always kind and smiling. Always personable and caring no matter who you were or what your background was. May his neshama have an Aliya.

Real Chossid
December 19, 2023 9:07 am

Rabbi Itkin lit up the world around him, spread light into people’s homes and hearts.
A chossid that you imagine lives only in old books.

Shmuel
December 19, 2023 10:57 am

BDE

He was a great family friend and mashpia.
Went out of his way to help us in our time
of need.

What a loss! Who can replace him?

BDE
December 19, 2023 11:30 am

BDE, an amazing teacher!

אָבַד חָסִיד מִן-הָאָרֶץ
December 19, 2023 12:21 pm

😢

המקום ינחם
December 19, 2023 12:48 pm

א דערהויבענע יונגרמאן

אבד חסיד מן הארץ

so so sad
December 19, 2023 4:47 pm

bde
such an amazing person
oy hashem bring moshaich
his kids are angels

Bde!
December 19, 2023 5:15 pm

This is for Menucha,
You were my favorite counselor. The best one I ever had. You helped me through so much. Your smile was always shining so brightly. I once asked you how you managed to always keep a smile on your face. You really changed my life in ways you don’t even know how…
For years I thought about asking you to be my mashpia but we haven’t spoken in years so I wasn’t sure how.
Hamakom y’nachem etchem b’toch sh’ar availai tziyon ee yerushalayim:

dear menucha itkin
December 19, 2023 5:33 pm

you were always an inspiration to me. you had so much joy and always made everyone around you feel special. you are so special. im so sorry for this tremendous loss
sending a lot of love

MY MASHPIA & FRIEND, RABBI YOSEF ITKIN
December 19, 2023 6:24 pm

Rabbi Itkin was my Mashpia & my friend. I am heartbroken!

I loved him so much! Such a warm chosid!
Even when he was in pain he asked me to tell him a gut Vort & about what I’m doing. He lit up a room with his warm smile.
I will miss him dearly!
To Mrs. Nechoma Itkin & your beautiful family:
May Hashem comfort you & may you know of only simchos!

Yirmiyahu Cohen

He really was a great man
December 19, 2023 9:17 pm

Always cared for the bachurim,
Spent hours on end with them as if they where his only priority

וידום אהרון
December 20, 2023 12:46 am

I have no words to describe the pain of this loss to our community

great nephews
December 21, 2023 9:54 pm

whenever i saw him he always would give me a hug and give me a Doller which for me felt like a million

Bde
December 25, 2023 8:10 am

Menucha-you are an inspiration to me! I’m so sorry for your loss. You have always inspired me to do the right thing. You always make everyone around you smile!

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