Today we count the 7th year since the tragic passing of R’ Gedalya Shaffer, OBM. He is the person who is responsible for keeping many of us in Crown Heights.
When we were searching for answers he was the go-to person. Whether about chassidus, or about nigleh, or science or anything in history, or about cultures of the world, he always knew the answers to questions. And make the time to answer us.
He was a brilliant scholar in Torah and also in anything else, from science to philosophy, or history to art and music. His brilliance and vast knowledge was matched only by his humility. Among an ocean of sifrei kodesh and books, he was knowledgeable of every single one in his vast library.
R’ Gedalya’s love and reverence for the Rebbe was in his every deed and word. Without fanfare of his hiskashrut, he was deeply devoted to the Rebbe and to the Rebbe’s teachings.
He was a tremendous baal tzedaka, greeting every person who came to his house and giving them time, always offering a listening ear and a drink. His gracious and delightful wife Bronya, continues to inspire and teach people all over the world. The best way to describe her is the jewel in the crown who was R’ Gedaliah.
His children all are worthy of their name. If you need favor, ask a Shaffer. If you need to know about something, there’s a Shaffer who is an expert in it. Whether it be Jewish history, Gemara, a Maamar, medicine or computers. Or music. You can ask a Shaffer.
May this sad day be turned into a day of joy, and Hashem should bless Mrs. Bronya Shaffer and all her children and grandchildren with bracha and hatzlacha.