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    Reb Zalman Gelernter, 89, OBM

    Reb Shloime Zalman Gelernter, a longtime Crown Heights resident who owned the landmark Kesser hat store on Kingston Avenue, passed away. Full Story

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    Yossel
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    Yossel

    Boruch Dayan Ha’Emes. I believe most people have no idea what a great Tzaddik Reb Zalman was….

    what a teiere yid
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    what a teiere yid

    he was a yid that always looked to do chesed and mitzvos

    baruch dayan haemes
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    baruch dayan haemes

    he gave me my first lubavitch hat

    BDE
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    BDE

    A true baal chesed

    Dvar Torah
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    Dvar Torah

    Whenever someone bought a hat in his store, Reb Zalman would include a dvar Torah or a chasidishe story for free.

    Thank you!!
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    Thank you!!

    When I was a bochur and had little cash, he would sell me hats at prices that had to be almost a joke, and be insistent that I take the hat when I hesitated. Kindness was his hallmark as far as I’m concerned

    Such an erlichen yid
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    Such an erlichen yid

    He went through gehinom but managed to remain a positive person and look out for the good of another yid. What a neshama! He’ll be missed down here, Hashem please send him back, with Moshiach now!!

    A revealed tzaddik!
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    A revealed tzaddik!

    always with a smile and cared for every single neshama that he came in contact with!!
    He will be very much missed!!!

    Naftali Michalowsky
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    Naftali Michalowsky

    Boruch Dayan Hoemes.

    Would not surprise me if he were a beinoni. The most remarkable man I’ve ever met.

    bde
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    bde

    all the girls are such amazing kids:( i didn’t know him or his wife but the daughters that i know have tremendous hachnosas orchim and are special people

    A PILLAR OF THIS COMMUNITY FOR SO MANY
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    A PILLAR OF THIS COMMUNITY FOR SO MANY

    BDE

    From Melbourne Australia
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    From Melbourne Australia

    המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

    When it was a bochur
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    When it was a bochur

    I must of spent 5 minutes in the hat store and looked at me and said “Nu….do you know how many mishnayos you could have learned in the time you spent looking for a hat”

    A special Yid
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    A special Yid

    I remember when they were opening a new hat store in Crown Heights (a typical person would have been very upset, he seemed happy. He told me the oibershter can provide parnassah for 1 hat store for 2 hat stores…
    That had a great impact on my life

    Hakaras hatov
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    Hakaras hatov

    A model of excellence of kibbud av belongs to their son , Yoni. He is humble and has given tremendous respect and specifically care to them in their elder yrs. It is certain that his devotion is very precious to the aibeshter and Hasem will certainly reward him as is his due.

    BDE
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    BDE

    He was a real true chasideshe yid

    BDE
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    BDE

    He was special beyond words. He was one person who kept true Torah values in this world and instilled them in his children. May his memory be for a blessing. May you know no more tzaar. HaMokom Yenachem Eschem BSoich Shaar Aveilei Tzion Virushalayim. The Rebbe once paid a visit to a shiva and mentioned that by chassidim we know that the person moved up, and it’s exactly like going from the bayis to the alya (the ground floor to the top floor). The person is there but has just gone up a level, a great level. May the family… Read more »

    Story
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    Story

    Rav Zalmen Gelernter was truly the 8th wonder of the world. I once asked him “when will they stop calling us baal tshovos?. He answered in jest “when you start talking during davening”

    his daughter
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    his daughter

    my father taught us many things.
    one was a unique twist on a
    something he seemed to have had a chidush about(or heard it and repeated it). we had relatives who lived an incredibly righteous life..when they reached their older years…they each became senile.My father said of them” just as we carried the first shattered holy loochos in an aron.. their holiness was retained…likewise we accord holy people care and their dignity…as we did the shattered loochos.

    with the old breed
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    with the old breed

    he helped some many people in so many ways….

    Dovid
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    Dovid

    A true Tzadick he’s already in gan eden

    from a bochur in 770 in the 70's
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    from a bochur in 770 in the 70's

    So quiet unassuming and eidle!

    first hat
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    first hat

    12 years ago my friend brought me to his hat store. I had only so much money and it had to stretch over the trip. My friend asked him if they had a used hat. He went to the back and found one. He plunked it on my head and it fit just perfectly. It was a Borsolino and he only charged me $10.

    yehuda
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    yehuda

    A yid with only emes.please
    Inform his fathers name

    Zahava Krevsky
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    Zahava Krevsky

    BD”H…691 Crown Street was my home in the early 70’s.I lived downstairs from the Gelernters …Reb Zalman ZT”L was the personification of a Tzaddik Nistar,,,humble,YirasShamayim,Baal Chesed….

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    שלמה זלמן בר׳ יונה

    Going to his store was much more then buying a hat.
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    Going to his store was much more then buying a hat.

    I remember going to his store in 98 and my father wanted to buy the cheapest hat which was then called a huckel. As a 12 year old I felt like I should be getting a Borsalino but my father couldn’t afford it. He saw what was going on and for $60 he sold my father a Borsalino. While in his store it was much more of an experience then a purchasing a hat. Always saying a chassidishe vort/story asking via just du gelernt dem voch. Reb Zalmen was yid who brought Sefer hazichronos to life. You did not need… Read more »

    Creation
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    Creation

    To have lost so much during the war , and created so much in his life, is truly a miracle. Anybody who was touched by Zalman is the better for it.

    What a person...
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    What a person...

    From the last of another generation…

    an old neighbor
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    an old neighbor

    he always had a gimatriyah…………

    Hamakom
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    Hamakom

    yinachem eschem b’soch she’ar avaylay tzion viy’rushalayim.

    Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe Feller

    with Reb Zalman now gone also,
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    with Reb Zalman now gone also,

    it’s the end of an era.

    BDE
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    BDE

    ער איז געווען אזא צדיק שאין כמוהו

    BD"E
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    BD"E

    May Hashem comfort you, Morah Henny, & all your family, during this trying & sad period of your lives. With warm regards….The Kessler Family (LB/LA)

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