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COLlive Exclusive: When a 54 year-old Lubavitcher was in desperate need of a kidney transplant he didn't expect his donor to come forward so quickly. Full Story, Photos

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Aishes Chayil
December 12, 2010 2:02 pm

To Mendy’s wife: You are an awesome person.Surely all beautiful brochos coming your way will be m’kooyam.

a cousin
December 9, 2010 5:58 pm

blesses you for the chesed you showed!You were a gutta shaliach in giving a human being new life. Your wonderful mother and lovely wife should reap continued nachas from you. Much health and hatzlocho.

Mendy We are ALL SOOO Proud of YOU
December 8, 2010 10:28 pm

From your Bar Mitzvah Teacher!!!

to 55
December 8, 2010 1:58 am

The way kidney disease works is if it strikes, it strikes both kidneys at the same time. There was never in the history of planet earth a man that had kidney disease in one kidney. If one is struck, the other isn’t spared EVER. (Unless he was born with one kidney or had the other removed).

to # 33
December 7, 2010 11:21 pm

I realize the point you’re trying to make. However, when a person has two kidneys he has one to fall back on. When you donate one of your kidneys you don’t have that extra kidney to fall back on if ch”v there is a need.
No matter, I’m sure the aibershter will protect Mendy and any other potential donor till 180.

December 7, 2010 9:41 pm

Mendy! Yasher Koiach! May Hashem bentch you!

December 7, 2010 8:46 pm

So proud of you!!! Really, really amazing!
Dovid Leib and Sheina Sara

December 7, 2010 6:34 pm

wowo mendy youre an inspiration to us all!! may hashem reward you ten times fold!! with health and all inyonim!

Simply Beautiful Story
December 7, 2010 6:09 pm

Much Nachas & good health to you & your families.

December 7, 2010 5:35 pm


A Tzaddik
December 7, 2010 2:26 pm

Wow, Mendy, hopefully others will follow your lead. It gives new meaning to “sheli sheloch”

devorah leah
December 7, 2010 2:09 pm

to my beautiful friend devorah leah….i have no words…. may your lives be filled with much happiness and many brachos!

Women out there interested in donating a kidney as well?
December 7, 2010 2:05 pm

Just want people to realize this – and not everyone knows this, that a woman can donate a kidney to a man, and visa versa. So, if anyone women out there considering kidney donation, please come forward to test for this Lubavitch father of 9 who so desperately needs a kidney. And for those women who are in their childbearing years, yes, you can have children after donating a kidney. I had made a kidney match in which the donor had a baby less than 2 years after donating a kidney. And I know someone who donated a kidney in… Read more »

Amazing person!
December 7, 2010 11:53 am

they should both be blessed to live complete healthy lives till 120

no words to express
December 7, 2010 9:34 am

mendy hashem should bless you with good health and long llife together with allthe family ihave no words

December 7, 2010 3:55 am

Mendy – it is so nice to see your picture again after such a long time – and for such a beautiful mitzvah, –

Shauli Minkowitz

Incredible mitzvah...
December 7, 2010 3:48 am

Mendy…you are truly amazing! Inspirational! Your grandparents a”h and late father a”h would have been so proud of you. They are surely shepping great nachas in Gan Eden. You must come from such a good family and raised with the right midos and perspective on life. May hashem reward you for this great mitzvah and may your family be blessed with simchos and brochos b’harchovah.

December 7, 2010 3:35 am

its so nice to hear of good things happening

Lubavitcher yungerman who donated
December 7, 2010 2:17 am

I agree with 34. The people who suffer and fight for survival have a lot more to be admired for. Some of these people battle for ten years to stay alive, so their struggles aren’t ‘fly by nighter’ struggles but rather a serious spirit of life fueling their will to fight.

May all that need a yeshuah have one and all that need a geulah experience it now mamash. And, Mazel tov to Recepient and Donor. Tzum gezunt un laynge yohr.

December 7, 2010 1:27 am

very moving mendy

Kidney donors are urgently needed!
December 7, 2010 12:54 am

Please come forward to help save Ruvain’s life! He has suffered enough! If you are blood type A or O, and in good health, you can save his life! Please contact Rabbi Lider and come forward to test for Ruvain. When Ruvain’s friend needed a kidney – he was more concerned about his friend then himself! He is such a special person! I got to know him and I can say this about him! Information about kidney donation is on my website KidneyMitzvah.com Also, being a kidney donor myself, (as well as my brother) I can give you all the… Read more »

Rabbi Lider - what a wonderful person!
December 7, 2010 12:47 am

Rabbi Lider does such great chesed and did an extraordinary job here! He is also a partner in helping save this man’s life!

May you and your family be in good health ’till 120 years!

Best wishes,

Chaya Lipschutz

Credit for Mendy's wife too!
December 7, 2010 12:45 am

Let’s hear it for Mendy’s wife for allowing her husband to donate a kidney!

It was great meeting you Mendy & Devora Leah!

May you have lots of more simchas and nachas in your family ’till 120 years!

Best wishes,

Chaya Lipschutz

December 7, 2010 12:19 am


December 7, 2010 12:09 am


donating a kidney
December 7, 2010 12:04 am

The one receiving the kidney has so much bitachon and hope in Hashem through all tzaros that they go through from when it fails and going through dyalisis 3 times a week 4-6 hrs per day of treatment, a must to be cleaned and to stay alive equals no life b’gashmiyus, falling down psychologically and still believing in Hashem which can go on for several years R”L like by Woonteiler – Hashem shall heal him if bderech hateva let a donor come forth – I think there is more to respect and give honor to the receiver. The donor like… Read more »

Another Lubavitcher yungerman who donated
December 6, 2010 10:53 pm

The sacrifice of donating a kidney is overrated. It is almost zero pain as these surgeries in these days are performed laproscopically (besides the kidney removal which is a minimal cut). Also, recovery time is very short.

I don’t mean to minimize Mendy’s great sacrifice and mitzva, as well as other donors. I’m just saying, that if you think that you aren’t the superhero type, you don’t have to be. If you are willing to sacrifice some time and minimal discomfort, you can be the next Mendy Mathless to another desperate kidney disease patient.

December 6, 2010 9:59 pm


I Am Humbled.
December 6, 2010 9:26 pm

I don’t know you but I am so humbled by you.
You have done a true act of chessed, absolute selfless giving of your self. You have earned yourself a olom habah.

December 6, 2010 8:29 pm

I’m so amazed……. WOW!

December 6, 2010 8:23 pm

mendy, im so proud to be your cousin. You did such an amazing thing! Im still in shock!

December 6, 2010 7:36 pm

btw the matthless’ have 2 beautiful children ka”h. A son and a daughter.

December 6, 2010 7:27 pm

true ahavas yisroel

devorah leah
December 6, 2010 7:06 pm

this is one of the most touching things i have ever heard… you always were an incredibly special girl but this really blew my mind. only somebody with a heart like yours could have done this. may the aibeshter watch over both of you and may you be bentched with many many brachos.

Not enough credit
December 6, 2010 6:56 pm

Rabbi Leider has been running Ahavas Chesed for many years and he does it completely out of the goodness of his heart he is a real Tzadik.
I know he doesn’t care for it, but it is about time that he is getting some public recognition.

December 6, 2010 6:30 pm

We all know how you’ve been helping yidden b’ruchnious… What an amazing zechus to be able to help another yid in such a manner b’gasmious as well. You are truley an inspiration. Hatzlocha with all your future endevours…from an old roomie.

My Shliach!!!!!
December 6, 2010 6:03 pm

Mendy was my Shliach in Toronto for 2 years,and his Ahavas Yisrael is truly inspiring.Mendy arranged Mivtzoim, making sure every last jew would be taking care of…..

We love you
December 6, 2010 5:54 pm

We love you ,mendy

no werds
December 6, 2010 5:51 pm

Mendy,He’s a real tzadik!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wow Mendy!
December 6, 2010 5:49 pm

Very impressed how you’ve matured into a wonderful young man. Like # 10 I also remember you from New haven Hebrew Day. Only Brochas…….yashar Koach!!

fellow jew
December 6, 2010 5:42 pm

wow that;s awesome mendy!!!

December 6, 2010 5:42 pm

Pure Ahavas Yisroel. No other words.

Boruch Hashem
December 6, 2010 5:36 pm

May you both have only simchas!!!

what a special person
December 6, 2010 5:04 pm

what a wonderful and great person to give away a kidney. what a beautiful example of ahavas yisroel. May Hashem bentch you with all good things!!

Chony M
December 6, 2010 5:03 pm

I am very inspired and impressed. It couldn’t have been easy to give up a part of your body, but you did the what the aibershter and the Rebbe would have wanted. May they both watch over you in this zchus for your entire life.

December 6, 2010 5:00 pm

if you scroll down photos, 2 before last, you will see Mr. Hirsch Pekkar giving two people who were recipients, plus the donor, that is three people in all, giving his actual Rebbe’s Dollar’s as Chanukah gelt, what a beautiful gesture on this Simcha of life being restored.

refuah shlaima
December 6, 2010 4:48 pm

mi kamchoh yisroel

Good going man
December 6, 2010 4:44 pm

Great story

December 6, 2010 4:36 pm


December 6, 2010 4:35 pm

beautiful mendy, u changed soo much, i was your counselor when u were three yrs old

The Schechters
December 6, 2010 4:34 pm

Mendy, we feel humbled and honored to know you. You are a very special person along with your special wife. May you always have the koach to do many more mitzvohs in good health. A freilichen Chanukah!

December 6, 2010 4:23 pm

Ahavas Chesed has blood drives every few weeks, perhaps Collive can help publicize that too.

congratulations Mendy!
December 6, 2010 4:16 pm

I could not come to the seudas hodoah but I’m very impressed! Yashar koach and the good work!
Pinchas Margolis

from your cousins in florida
December 6, 2010 4:13 pm

mendy we are so amazed the zchus zol bieshtain

December 6, 2010 4:13 pm
Sandman from New Haven
December 6, 2010 4:03 pm

Mendy – What you did was amazing. What a Mitzvah! Happy Chanukah and easy recovery.

December 6, 2010 3:34 pm

lovely story.. a beautiful chanukah miracle.. oif simchas…

December 6, 2010 3:23 pm


December 6, 2010 3:20 pm

Should be well and healthy and bring Moshiach speedily !!!!