Apr 22, 2012
Rabbi Yeshaya Schtroks, 55, OBM

London born Rabbi Yeshaya Schtroks, a beloved senior teacher in Morristown, NJ, passed away suddenly in his sleep. Levaya: Monday in New York.

By COLlive reporter

The Lubavitch community in Morristown, NJ, found itself in deep devastation Sunday morning after hearing about the sudden passing of its long-time role model, Rabbi Yeshaya Schtroks.

For over 26 years, Rabbi Schtroks has been the teacher of grade 6 at Cheder Lubavitch in the town and was highly regarded and respected by parents and students alike.

"Many of our children were students of Rabbi Schtroks," one mother told COLlive.com, still shaken by the news. "He was more than a teacher. He was a mentor and an inspiration."

Thousands have come through his class over the years, learning and looking up to him as a Chassidish man who has conducted his life with sincerity and integrity.

Rabbi Schtroks taught his students to love Torah and Mitzvos and was known as a gifted baal menagen with a beautiful voice, all while he himself was not a stranger to challenges and struggles in his life.

Around 8 years ago, his wife Mrs. Leah Schtroks (nee Greenwald), who also was a dedicated teacher in Morristown, passed away from 'yene machla.'

Teaching and educating was a duty he learned from his parents who were of the founding families of the Chabad in England after immigrating from the Soviet Union. His father, Rabbi Ovadia Schtroks OBM, taught for many years at Bais Lubavitch in London.

New Jersey Shliach Rabbi Mendy Solomon, who directed the Morristown cheder for many years, described Rabbi Avrohom Yeshayah Schtroks as "the quintessential melamed that is hard to find today. He was very 'old school' in the good sense of the word."

This past Shabbos, Rabbi Schtroks fulfilled his regular duties as Gabbai of Congregation Levi Yitzchok, the Chabad shul in Morristown which has seen recent growth with the dedication of a new Torah. He was chazzan for musaf and inspired congregants with his davening.

On Motzoei Shabbos, he went to sleep and didn't wake leaving a large Chabad family, students and alumni and many friends from around the world in a state of shock and devastation.

"The loss is immeasurable," one of his friends told COLlive.


A funeral procession took place in Morristown Sunday with students of his grade joining community members coming out in the rain to bid him farewell.

Educator Rabbi Zalman Markowitz, who has worked closely with Rabbi Schtroks, spoke to boys and explained how to ask mechila - forgiveness.

He reminded them of their dear teacher's last words when he spoke with great passion and emotion about the 28th of Nissan, the day the Rebbe "gave over" responsibilities to the chassidim.

The body was taken to New York where a levaya will start on Monday, 9:30 am from Shomrei Hadas Chapels in Boro Park and at 10:30 am will pass by 770 Eastern Parkway.

He is surived by his children Mrs. Tziporah Klein - Detroit, R' Yosef Yitzchok Schtroks - Crown Heights, Mendel Schtroks, Sholom Ber Schtroks, Schneur Zalman Schtroks, Shmuel Schtroks and Levi Schtroks, all of Morristown.

He is also survived by his second wife Suri Schtroks (nee Raskin) and her children, his mother Musia Schtroks and siblings Rabbis Yosef Yitzchok - London, England; Nochum - Crown Heights; Yonason Falik - Surrey, BC; Mendel - Kolon, Germany; Mrs. Bluma Perl - Long Island, NY; Mrs. Fruma Weg, Mrs. Sheindel Levertov and Mrs. Nechama Dina Reinitz, all of Crown Heights.

Not all family members (including his mother) have been notified yet about the tragedy. The family asked to please use caution when calling the family till Monday afternoon.


Mrs. Suri Schtroks and his children Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schtroks, Mrs. Tzippora Klyne, Mendel, Sholom Ber, Shneur Zalman, Shmulik, and Levi
and siblings: Rabbi Falik Schtroks, Mrs. Bluma Perl, Mrs. Sheindel Levertov, and Mrs. Nechama Reinitz will be sitting at 12 Tikvah Way, Morristown NJ

Shacharis: 6:45, 8:15, two minyanim at 9:15, two minyanim at 9:45
Mincha: two minyanim at 2:00pm, two minyanim at 3:00pm and two at 7:30pm
Mariv bezmano

Mrs. Sheindel Levertov and Nechama Reinitz will be sitting in Crown Heights at 1572 President street on Friday and Motzei Shabbos until 10:30 pm.

Mrs. Bluma Perl will be sitting in her home - Chabad of Mineola, 261 Willis ave, Mineola Friday and Motzei Shabbos: until 10:30pm

Rabbi Yossell and Mendel Schtroks and Mrs. Fruma Weg will be sitting in London, England
call 44 208 806 1674 for location

As of now his mother and parents-in-law have not been informed yet. Please use caution when speaking with the family.

For nichum aveilim or to share stories please email: schtroksfamily@gmail.com

Baruch dayan haemes.

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Rabbi Schtroks (L) speaks with New Jersey Head Shliach Rabbi Moshe Herson at a local event
Rabbi Schtroks (L) speaks with New Jersey Head Shliach Rabbi Moshe Herson at a local event
Rabbi Schtroks (far left) seen dancing at a hachnosas sefer Torah in Morristown
Rabbi Schtroks (far left) seen dancing at a hachnosas sefer Torah in Morristown
Rabbi Schtroks (L) writes a letter in Morristown's new Torah with the help of sofer R' Shmuly Klein
Rabbi Schtroks (L) writes a letter in Morristown's new Torah with the help of sofer R' Shmuly Klein
The levaya that took place in Morristown on a rainy Sunday
The levaya that took place in Morristown on a rainy Sunday

Opinions and Comments
baruch dayan haemes!!!
(4/22/2012 4:00:56 PM)
A great friend and roll model
The Morristown community is in shock and tears over our loss. We lost a true friend, a model of what a chasidishe youngerman is and a true mikusher to the Rebbe
(4/22/2012 4:10:59 PM)
i cant belive this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
its hard to think of this as a reality
i am thinking of all of you
what a shock
a niece
(4/22/2012 4:12:03 PM)
Please ensure not to inform any of the immediate family.
(4/22/2012 4:18:40 PM)
former student
He was one of the few talasim that would stand in the washing machine by tekios, a true mikushar and excellent teacher, he is the sole reason the morristown kids would be the bar mitzvah and younger kids listening to maftir and the rebbes tefilos...may Hashem help his kids get through this.
(4/22/2012 4:21:59 PM)
dont call
rabbi sctroks brother and mother do not know yet, so please do not call them or tell them , thank you
a family member
(4/22/2012 4:25:31 PM)
R' Shaya Z"L
R' Shaya it was a true joy always talking to you. Always a varmer vort and a 100% true mentch. We spoke last Thursday night at the Perl Lchaim. I will never forget your genuine warmth and love towards people. May your family never know of anymore tzar.
(4/22/2012 4:27:53 PM)
There are just no words
We, the extended family of R' Shaya, and his wife Suri, are shocked and devastated beyond all words; our grief and heartache is felt and shared by the hundreds who knew Yeshaya for who he was, the kindest, warmest, most gentle person we have ever known; The total devotion he had for his dear dear wife, and children is second to none; he was a husband, father, son, teacher, par excellance, and loved by so many; to know him was to love him;so many of us have been touched in our lifetimes by his warmth, his genuine care and concern, and above all, his smile, which we will always remember him by; you could almost say it was his trademark.
Our hearts go out totally to his wife,Suri and his family; we cannot begin to fathom the extent of their loss and pain at this tragedy; its almost unreal, a nightmare that we would want to wake up from now;
We are with you, broken hearted, sharing your tears and your grief, we have cried today with you like never before;
May Hashem give you the strength to bear this tragic loss, so that you'll be able to continue your lives until the coming of Moshiach, NOW; We feel sure that Shaya, will storm the heavens and demand in his kind,warm, gentle way that the Aibishter bring Moshiach NOW; May you know of no further pain ever;
Ad Mosai Ad Mosai Ad mosai????????
Your family in London.
(4/22/2012 4:30:24 PM)
im 22
im 22 and he was my best teacher i ever had
(4/22/2012 4:33:42 PM)
Baruch Dayan HaEmes
I didn't know him...my loss. What a terrible tragedy.
(4/22/2012 4:43:04 PM)
Ad Mosai
Rabbi Schtrocks, You will be sorely missed by all of us here in Morristown, Those of us who have had their children in your class, and those of us who couldn't wait for their children to reach your class. A mother once said, that Rabbi Schtrocks was a Melamed of the parents too. Because noone came late to his class, and every child became a mesudar and organized. Your talmidim always felt your love for them and remember it always. Recently when speaking with a 22 yr old bochur he said, Rabbi Schtrocks taught me how to be a mentch and how to speak and think in Yiddish. I will never forget how to Leyn because he taught us Truhp, and I remember all about the Rabbeim and their families. He also told amazing stories.
Dear dear family, May you know no more Tzaar amd may we be zoche to the Geulah haamitis vhashleima NOW NOW NOW
Hamakom Yenachem Eschem Bsoich Shaar Aveiley Tziyon V'Yerushalayim
(4/22/2012 4:50:35 PM)
Oz Mine Lorks.
Can't believe this. I think he was in our town last year for a simcha. All round friendly chosid.
(4/22/2012 4:53:42 PM)
I'm 30
and he is the only REAL teacher I ever had
(4/22/2012 4:54:02 PM)
baroch dayin ha emes
(4/22/2012 5:00:49 PM)
MOSHIACH?!?!??! AD MOSAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(4/22/2012 5:07:03 PM)
A Yid, a Tzadik, a Chosid and a true Friend
Reb Shaya I will miss you forever
(4/22/2012 5:12:10 PM)
an admiring and grieving friend
Baruch Dyan Emes!
For years, Rabbi Schtroks stood across the Bimah from me during Kriya at Congregation Levi Yitzchok in Morristown.
My last memory was late last Thursday night when we "ran into" one another at Kol Tuv in Crown Heights - his warm smile and embrace along with his sweet voice, "Gut Shabbos."
May G-d Almighty PLEASE immediately bring Rabbi Schtroks back to his dear children, mother, siblings, students and friends with the reality he so longed to see - and will soon see - along with all of us - the coming of Moshiach Tzidkaynu and the Geulah Shlayma miyad mamosh mamosh mamosh!!!
(4/22/2012 5:19:12 PM)
I don't believe this
As a Bochur for 2 years in Morristown, I have never seen such a Chassidishe, nice, and caring teacher like Rabbi Schtroks.
Ad Masai, hashem please bring the Geulah, enough is enough.
(4/22/2012 5:24:12 PM)
i cant believe this, such a nice aidel man, a mentch.
Suri you should only know simchas
(4/22/2012 5:24:53 PM)
kibud av voem
What most would not know is that his kibud av va-em was something truly special.
(4/22/2012 5:25:24 PM)
just me
this is terrible - speechless here in CH - all around just wondering and wondering - makes no sense - like others wrote before me he was the down to earth ultimate chosid - enough said!

(4/22/2012 5:34:09 PM)
FITZY and now this??? AD MOSAI! AD MOSAI!. AD MOSAI!
(4/22/2012 5:34:14 PM)
(4/22/2012 5:42:59 PM)
an admiring and grieving friend
May you, Suri, be comforted and know that we and the entire Morristown Community is here for you with love and support always.
(4/22/2012 5:43:37 PM)
The shluchim fund
(4/22/2012 5:50:25 PM)
Shocked at this most terrible news!
Rabbi Schtroks will be forever remembered by the Morristown and CH community and Chassidim and Shluchim worldwide; a huge loss for the whole Chabad world. Ad mosai Hashem???
(4/22/2012 6:12:13 PM)
Baruch Dayan Emes
Amazing man may moshiach come so he will be back with his friends and family ad mosai
(4/22/2012 6:14:52 PM)
Baruch Dayan HaEmes
It is impossible to describe what kind of person my uncle was. He must have hundreds of students by now, all of who know and remember him. He was a real teacher who had real value and passed it on not only to his students but there family's, his family and all those around him. I spent a year in Morristown learning. In that time I got to watch him and learn from him. While most people would talk about who knows what at there Shabbos table, he would sit and tell stories, dvar torahs etc. He would play the game 20 questions with different Tzadikim, Rebbes, Tanoim, Amoroim and others. His children knew that the person had a birthday, yartzite or other special occasion that day. In this way his family learned all about the many rebbes and Tzadikim in our history.

Now the words of 'Mode Ani' "thank you Hashem for returning my neshomo" each morning take on a new meaning.

The neshomo of Avrohom Yeshiaye Ben Ovadia Schtroks should have a alia. His children, siblings, wife and mother should find comfort amongst the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalaim.

Hashem, look down. See the pain of all your children. Enough is enough! Forget about the buttons, we have waited to long. Send us MOSHIACH and the return of all out lost loved ones.
(4/22/2012 6:33:13 PM)
I was in Mo-town ( shortly after my spouses passing ) and Rabbi schtroks z'l approached me in such' n eideleh & varemeh and secheldike manner ( to comfort and encourage me ) which only a true chassidisshe yid can do and does.
His absence will truly be felt and his memory will truly inspire.
may hashem give strength to the whole family to bear this terrible loss. Hamokom.................
(4/22/2012 6:37:57 PM)
To number 5
Please tell us more. This is so important.
(4/22/2012 6:54:25 PM)
Extended family from Brazil
We cant believe, we have no words.
Warra tragedy !
Suri you should only know simchas.
Hamokom yenachem aschem besoch shear avlei tzion beyerushalaim.
(4/22/2012 6:57:41 PM)
Simcha Freedman/London

Suri, you are in my, OUR, thoughts, may Hashem guide you and help you through this pain and may you and your children and Shaya's children and family only know of simchas!


(4/22/2012 7:02:14 PM)
What an inspiring person
Seeing Rabbi Schtrocks in shul on yom tov was an amazing thing that will never be forgotten. I went to camp with his son Levi and he was also a truly amazing person. The Schtrocks family should not know from any more tzar, and only simchas, with the coming of mashiach b'mhaira V'amainu Right Now!!!!!!!!

Ad Mosai!!!!!!!!! Baruch Da'ayan Haemes!!
(4/22/2012 7:06:01 PM)
i can't believe this
i can't believe what i am reading. my heart is broken for you, tzipporale, and for the entire family. your father was one of the most remarkable, erliche, chassidish yidden i have ever known, and you are in incredible girl, just like him...i can't begin to believe it....my thoughts and tefillos are with you...may hashem give you much sstrength... a friend
(4/22/2012 7:08:06 PM)
Rabbi Schtrocks was so amazing
Hamakom Yenachem eschem b'soch shaar avelei tzion beyerushalayim
(4/22/2012 7:08:16 PM)
A Nephew
This really really hurts! I'm going to start saying broches every morning with kavana, in his zchus.....B.D.E.
(4/22/2012 7:25:12 PM)
rabbi yeshaye schtroks
I only knew this man harav hachossid hatomim reb yeshaye
schtroks for a few months he was a chassidshe yid betzem blev ubenefesh such a nice man with ahavas yisroel so loving and caring he loved his family so much he was so proud of them all every single member of his family he would say a chassidshe vort to everyone and a kind word, oh reb we"re not going to have you to guide us to give us counsel but the lessons you taught me and us till now will stay with us for life hashem please bless this family
(4/22/2012 7:49:00 PM)
The schtroks boys
... And the kids he raised. You don't see that often around the chabad communities. They are all real mentchen, humble people, serious about yedishkeit and are the way buchurim are supposed to to be. They come to shul on time go to the mikvah, start with the minyan, they don't talk from beginning to end. I know Sholom Ber best, a serious guy, aidle guy, very sharp, knows how to learn, very humble and pleasant, always smiling and just a real genuine person and mentch. His parents raised him well and he continues in that derech. He does not deserve any of this.
(4/22/2012 8:00:47 PM)
I remember...
...I would not play baseball at lunch break because I didn't think I was good enough and I was scared to get on the field and try. R Schtroks would pitch most games and he saw me standing on the side, he made me get on the field pick up the bat and he showed me how to hold it and hit. I have played every day of school since then.
Now I have a huge ego but back then he noticed and made sure to include me in the game. You can't forget things like this.
(4/22/2012 8:05:52 PM)
(4/22/2012 8:09:05 PM)
moshiaccch theres no option left: come!!
bang on those stiff gates in shemayim rabbi yeshaya
demand moshiach where well all be reunited with our
loved ones.
bde. blessed is the true judge
addd mosssai!
(4/22/2012 8:12:40 PM)
suri you are a great wife and mother i cannot believe it HASHEM have mercy on all the children you have left without a mother or a father .
(4/22/2012 8:21:50 PM)
he was a very devited teacher that engrained a geshmack for torah and mitzvos in his students hamakom yirachem eschenm besoch shaarei avilei tzion byerushalaim
(4/22/2012 8:23:07 PM)
a real chosid
neim halichos,chosid in class somthing to learn from

hamakom yenachem...
(4/22/2012 8:29:36 PM)
a morah
the Aibishter should have true rachmanus on these yesomim and and all the many yesomim and send moshiach now!!!!!!!
(4/22/2012 8:38:52 PM)
special uncle
yoseph yitzchok, tziporahle, mendel, sholom ber, zalmen, shmulik and levi, we are thinking of you,
your cousins in paraguay
(4/22/2012 8:39:53 PM)
they been married for 6 years
(4/22/2012 8:39:57 PM)
Boruch Dayan Ha'Emes!
I have no words, only tears.
Moshiach Now!!!
(4/22/2012 8:56:21 PM)
(4/22/2012 9:17:16 PM)
what a shock.
I hope we can all step up our Ahavas Yisroel. This is really a shock. HaShem, OY.
(4/22/2012 9:33:50 PM)
So sad
He has little kids as far as i know he has a son 13 years old
(4/22/2012 9:39:20 PM)
Ever since I was a young boy, I knew the name Shaya Schtroks. My father considered him his best friend, and we visited the schtroks family a number of times over the years.

To my father, Shaya was an exceptional man, and even though I only knew him through my father, I think children can sense these things, and I could tell that he was a great Chossid.

When my father told me stories about the great Chassidim of old, I always pictured the faces of Chassidim from our days to put a picture to the names.... Pinchas Reizes, became Mendel Futerfas etc, etc,...

One of the people whose face graced my stories was Shaya Schtroks.

His every action WAS Chossid.

How lucky I felt when eventually I became his cousin through marriage, and this afforded me the opportunity to get to know him on a personal level.

How sorry I feel now that I did not use this opportunity more often. That my children will not know Shaya Schtroks.

Today Lubavitch has suffered another unimaginable loss with the passing of Shaya Schtroks.

(4/22/2012 9:52:21 PM)
with rabbi zirkind and shtroks passing it truly says good people finish last ....
(4/22/2012 9:53:05 PM)
Today in moristown?
(4/22/2012 10:04:20 PM)
his first year he was a melamad
i had in his first year back in London. He then a Bochur and he has a natural talent. Never race his voice kept us all calm. He was a born teacher. Mayors wife and childrenfind comfort and have the strength to carry on. This is such a shock to the whole London and world. His mother is sick may she have a refuah shlaima. Shall she be told lets hope she will stand strong
(4/22/2012 10:28:24 PM)
friend of mendel schtroks sheyichye
im terribly sorry for your loss and i wish you that only happiness comes your way from this day forward. this is an immeasurable loss for all of us, the entire world shuddered today when this terrible news came to their ears. you dont deserve such a tragedy and no one can stand in your place of suffering. there is nothing that can stop hashem from listening to your cry and fulfilling every request that you have, this gives you the strength to reach the highest goals and surpass every other person's level. be strong and brave, you are your father's blood and his continuation lies in your hands. lord knows its not easy and you are going through more than is expected of anyone to handle. i pray among the rest of klal yisroel for you and your family that your path be laden with diamonds and everything that you wish shall come to you with overflowing goodness. we want moshiach now!!

Levi J.
(4/22/2012 10:33:37 PM)
Hamakom Yenacheim Eschem Besoich Shaar Aveilei Tzion ViYerushalayim
Rabbi Schtroks comforted me when I was in Aveilus for my father. May Hashem comfort all the family too!
(4/22/2012 10:36:34 PM)
to my dear cousins
tziporaleh, yosef yitzchak, mendel, sholom ber, shneur zalman, shmulik and levi, i love you all!!!!!!!!! be strong!!
(4/22/2012 10:36:56 PM)
i am in shock
uncle shaya!!!!!!!
you were the one that always remembered my birthday and taught me so much about life! may my dear special cousins find the strength to continue and may the schtroks family only hear and share simchas!!!
a neice of shaya
(4/22/2012 10:41:48 PM)
uncle shaya
an extraordinary special uncle that i have learnt so much from... my heart goes out to my dear cousins
(4/22/2012 10:47:46 PM)
grieving in Morristown
R. Schtroks personified the expression, "Noach l'makom, v'noach labriyos", good to Hashem, and good to people. He was so careful, so mehudar in mitzvos, yet never made the rest of us feel "less". He taught my boys the meaning of yiras shamayim. They didn't believe that they could learn the birchos Yaakov by heart, and he showed them the potential inside them. Watching R. Schtroks care for Leah when she was ill, such loving care, and still being makpid that the children should not feel neglected. This is such a huge loss for our community. I cannot even imagine the loss for the family. Hashem should have rochmonis, and bring Moshiach already.
(4/22/2012 11:05:02 PM)
family member
his mother still does not know. Musia (nee Schapiro) Sctocks
(4/22/2012 11:11:10 PM)
Dearest Cousins...
We all love you so much.
I know that after enduring so much pain, suffering and hardship, your world must feel so lonely, desolate and sad. Know this: There are truly hundreds of us throughout the entire world who love you dearly and care very much about you and your well being. We love you... and we commit.... YOU CAN COUNT ON US. We are here for you.
(4/22/2012 11:47:06 PM)
Hamokom yenacheim eschem....
Their are no words to describe r'shtoks, he was the best teacher that we will all remember always, he's smile he's eyes evrything about him is everlasting, a real chosid, a real yerey shomaim and a real lamdon.
he's first wifes passing is still fresh in our minds... and now him?! AD MOSAI HASHEM?!
(a morristowner)
(4/22/2012 11:50:41 PM)
to no#62
one of his brothers does not yet know too. he will iyh be finding out tommorow
(4/23/2012 12:01:20 AM)
A neighbor in Morristown
None of us could forget the lengths to which Rabbi Schtroks went following the death of Leah, OBM in caring for his children. As broken as he could have been, must have been, he followed up on every detail with every child, talking to teachers, checking on their adjustment. May the children be comforted on this staggering loss with the knowledge that love like this never passes away; it will remain with them and with their children. May Hashem bring them all together again, NOW, with Moshiach.
(4/23/2012 12:02:11 AM)
Boruch N. Hoffinger BS"D
I've been reading some of the comments on this tragedy...the rabbi seems like an amazing and wonderful 'YId.'
'A 'Tzadik,'
"Ha'makom yenahem etkhem betokh she'ar avelei Tziyonvi'Yerushalayim."
(4/23/2012 12:02:17 AM)
Attn: Sholom Ber and the rest of the family.
I'm learning in his honor because I know that that's what he'd want from me, I miss him, and i miss you guys, may you only know of simchas from now on!

Your neighbor.
(4/23/2012 12:03:39 AM)
I don't understand COL
"Not all family members (including his mother) have been notified yet about the tragedy."

With all due respect to COL, if you're aware that not all the immediate family have been notified, how can you take the decision to post this publicly? And what if someone from the family finds out the sad news by reading COL...? Could you imagine the shock?

Can't you wait to be sure that all the family have been notified...?

I don't understand....

COLlive response:

The family asked that a notice about the passing be posted online and the family also asked that the above mentioned line be written as well.

As a general rule, COLlive has and will always be in contact with the family before a notice about a passing is posted.

(4/23/2012 12:09:52 AM)
to 69
The people who dont know, arent people who are hanging around on the computer let alone internet.....unbelievable 69.........
(4/23/2012 12:47:08 AM)
On top of it all, his children are now double orphans! Is there a fund to help with their material needs, tuition, weddings, etc.? IS THERE A FUND FOR THIS?
(4/23/2012 1:32:53 AM)
Just spoke to him Shabbos day for the first time
Im in shock I was in morristown for Shabbos and by the Kiddush he was sitting on the side with another person and I was talking to some friends and out of the blue he kinda called me over and asked me my name and who I'm related too in morristown
This was the first time I've ever spoken to him and shocking it's the last I hope he will be a good better" for all of us and my chance encounter was hashgacha protis and he should pray for me and my family as well bd"e
(4/23/2012 1:48:08 AM)

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(4/23/2012 2:12:31 AM)
still in shock!!!!
Uncle Shaya! always smiling when i saw you, always happy, despite everything you have gone through.
To my dear cousins, there are no words to say. May Hashem give you the strength to deal with this and may you not know of any more pain. We are thinking of you and crying with you.
Hamokom yenacheim eschem besoch sha'ar avlei tzion veyerushalayim
(4/23/2012 2:21:50 AM)
reply to #69
From my experience today I can confirm the editors response. They knew many hours before the information was posted they where respect full and professional and kept in touch with us until all the necassary details where worked on. The decision to post the information this afternoon was actually the family's request.
(4/23/2012 3:04:31 AM)
A Former Talmid
11.A Former Talmid wrote:

Such a sad day!I was one of Rabbi Schtroks's students--now almost 25 years ago-- both in a classroom setting and also in a private tutoring setting. And while I was not in contact with him over all these years, he definitely came up in my memory every so often, and I use him as an example when discussing good teachers.

All I can say at the moment is that this man was a real teacher; passionate, fair, prepared, and wise. He always came into the classroom knowing his stuff, and he came up with all kinds of devices to teach it well and to have his students know the material thoroughly.

He would also be involved in the "recess" part of our day, as he was our pitcher when we played baseball, and would also instruct the kids who were not as adept with a bat how to hold and swing properly.

He also instituted a once-a-week Yiddish day, where all that was allowed to pass our lips throughout the day was Yiddish. To drive the point home, he would give us a 5-minute penalty during soccer if we said as much as pass me the ball in English. We all took it in stride and laughed about it, as it made us think about speaking in Yiddish conversationally.

If all the teachers in Lubavitch would be as dedicated and as passionate about teaching as he was, the community would look a lot different. People would be healthier.

While going online to find out more about this tragedy, i discovered his profile on Geni.com. I thought, "how like Rabbi Schtroks to make a genealogy map of his family. He was quirky like that; interested in history and anthropology, mostly, of course, within a Jewish context.

I remember him being fascinated by the fact that Rashi used the French noblewomen as an example for the look and style of the Eifod in Parshat T'tzaveh. He also would relish in all the French words that Rashi used to explain so many Hebrew words and ideas throughout the Torah.

He was a humble man and a man who knew his place in society as a teacher of young children. He seemed to be very content with that and didn't want for more. In fact, he seemed like the kind of man who knew the importance of that position and was not only content but proud of that position.

May his family be comforted in this time of sorrow.
(4/23/2012 3:06:53 AM)
Flatbush Admirers - Flatbush/Midwood Chabad Shul
Dear Shtrockschildren, family and all of Morristown,
We are with you in your loss. We will be in pain with you with this untimely loss. We in Flatbush Chabad will take upon ourselves to increase in Ahavas Yisroel and not to hurt another person in hhonor of this special Neshama. We davened very hard for your dear mother AH and we will observe the Mitzvah of Ahavas Yisroel in honor of your father AH.
We want Moshiach now.
We need Moshiachh now!

Chabad and Anash of Flatbush
(4/23/2012 4:01:06 AM)
our hearts are with you, suri
love a niece from australia
(4/23/2012 4:02:00 AM)
To Sheindel
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
Mes condoleances. Tres attristee par le deces de ton frere, Rabbi Yeshaya Schtroks, OBM.
Patricia (de tes annees a Beth Rivka, France)
(4/23/2012 4:37:06 AM)
I'm 26 ( No longer a Chabadnik.)
I am no longer connected to Chabad but this man is the only man to make me proud to have once been a chabnik. Learning from him was a absolute treat. I waited to be in his class from 1st grade until I finally got there and enjoyed every second....BD"E
(4/23/2012 4:44:20 AM)
Boruch Dayan Hoemes
I was in Morristown Yeshiva recently, and I want to say that of all of the members of Anash yichyu, ybdl"t Rabbi Shtroks made the biggest impression on me. Sometimes he would even come to listen to a Shiur, in what seemed to me before or between his classes.
(4/23/2012 5:08:54 AM)
(4/23/2012 5:12:29 AM)
Boruch Dayan Hoemess
The reaction of the extended world shows us again and again, what a tremendous huge loss we have all suffered; To the family I say, you should know that this has affected hundreds of us, the world will never be the same without him; May his zechusim, and as we can see, there were 100's of those, bring his beloved wife an and children much comfort and strength; Im sure he is beseeching the Aibishter for you all, and may we witness the coming of Moshiach, now, in the zechus of this most wonderful person;
Hamokom Yenachem Eschem, and may you never know of any further tzzar.
The world of Chabad mourns with you, as does your families, you are not alone
(4/23/2012 8:14:45 AM)
Just to note
Look at the picture of the Siyum Sefer Torah, it is R Schtroks's hand holding Dr. Weiss (yblcht"a, in the kasket), encouraging/helping him get his turn to hold the Torah. Unassuming, quiet, in the backround, making sure no one else is left in the 'backround'. That was Rabbi Schtroks.
(4/23/2012 9:07:57 AM)
No words
I have known Rabbi Y Shtroks as a teacher in London before he got married as a Bochur, we are going back to 1981 he was a very caring teacher on all levels, just one thing amongst other things, I am a professional Baal Korah today on Shlichus as he encourage and taught me to lain, I still hear him today when I prepare the laining every Shabbas, whenever we met up, no matter what time it was in the day he will have time to chat and asked how things are, and how he gave me some words of advice, a natural, something I now use when I talk to my BB, I just can't believe it, I am devastated.

To the family, I share in your pain, the loss for me is great I cannot begin to understand what it is for you, my heart bleeds for you all, may the woundelful memories we all had of the late Rabbi be of comfort.

My request to the almighty is, as He sees the Rabbi come forward, just like the Rabbi cared so much for all who had the Benifit of his teaching, and mentoring, etc, the Almighty should respond the same way and do what he promised us all, to take us out of this exile NOW NOW NOW.
(4/23/2012 9:40:44 AM)
current motowner
Thats insane he was so young ... boruch dayin hoemes. I am tearing up now, he was so sweet and amazing!
(4/23/2012 9:59:43 AM)
A Real Mencht
Rabbi Schtroks, you had an affect on me and my children that goes beyond words since you were not a person to waste words or small talk. You were a very serious person but kind hearted none the less. My son was lucky to have you as a teacher even if not for the entire year. You were and are a deeply spiritual person and a man of truth like Yaakov Avinu. You will be missed and you made a contribution that is beyond what most of us will ever achieve.
Thank you,
(4/23/2012 10:08:48 AM)
Donate to the Shluchim Fund
(4/23/2012 11:23:16 AM)
This is real socking news.
Hashem should comfort all the mourners.
(4/23/2012 11:44:28 AM)
boruch dayan haemess
Sharing in the pain, along with the rest of us
What an unbelievable man! I wonder how many of us had no idea at all of the extent of his popularity and goodness . . . until now
(4/23/2012 12:43:51 PM)
28 years
taught 28 years not 26
(4/23/2012 4:22:25 PM)
special uncle
whenever i saw shaya a''h he was always with a smile, always happy, and always wanted to know how everyone is doing. yosef yitzchak, tziporahle,mendel, sholom ber, zalmen,shmulik, and levi, we are all with you!!
(4/23/2012 4:40:49 PM)
b d e
There are no words to describe the pain of loss of my beloved cousin the smile ,warmth ,clever word he would say when we would meet up be it here in London England or in USA we always had a great chat and plenty time for me no matter how rushed he was. Oi OI SHIYAH HOW MUCH I MISS YOU. cousin. KS
(4/23/2012 4:57:42 PM)
My heart bleeds
its so sad...
(4/23/2012 6:04:29 PM)
kol boniach
The way he taught children and made them feel special even the weaker children, would put many melamdim to shame. We needed him here in London where there is a such dearth of quality melamdim who know how to bring the best out of a child.
(4/23/2012 7:32:37 PM)
Donate to Rabbi Schtrocks OBM's family on the Shluchim donation website, http://www.theshluchimfund.com/
(4/23/2012 9:47:06 PM)
how to email contact the family
please post detail of how to contact family i would like to write a private letter and email them
this is so much for them to bear
boruch dayan haemess Hamokom Yenachem Eschem, and may you never know of any further tzzar.
(4/24/2012 2:35:45 AM)
family member
I got to know him even though im young he told me alot i will trully miss him moshiach now and to his children you all know me pks dont despair you know your father better then any of us follow in his foot steps
(4/24/2012 2:49:26 AM)
Ganze Mensche
Our family is honored to have known such a ganze mensche as Rabbi Y'shaya Schtroks. May your mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters and all your family know no more suffering. May deeds of kindness surround the loss.

Family friends from Surrey
(4/24/2012 3:18:31 AM)
We wont forget . . .
The impact Rabbi Schtraks leaves behind will never be forgotten as has been made obvious from the 100's of reactions on COL; He has impacted the lives of so many, and those of us left behind will always feel the loss that he leaves;
A truly special person, with truly special middos and character;
May Hashem give his wife and family the strength to continue, and may the knowledge of who their father/husband was, help carry them through the following most difficult months;
(4/24/2012 10:26:37 AM)
the schtroks in london will be sitting at 32 firsby road
(4/24/2012 2:20:52 PM)
to collive
he is my teacher and im in 4th not 6th grade.

here is some stuff he mentioned on friday, his last day of teaching: 1) he spoke about how this was his year of Koach( 28 ).

2) Rabbi Schtroks was telling us about (where we were up to) in Chumash where yaacov asked for a sign before he passed away.

3) He ended off the day with "tut altz vas eer kent" I'm giving it over to you

A student of his
(4/24/2012 7:23:58 PM)
That sounds very scary!
Please tell us some more of what he said....
(4/24/2012 8:19:20 PM)
to 97 How to Contact family
For nichum aveilim or to share stories please email: schtroksfamily@gmail.com
(4/25/2012 2:05:53 AM)
to 102
wow! i guess his last words in your class were very powerfull and true. you should feel lucky you had him as a teacher
(4/25/2012 2:01:31 PM)
There is a direct fund for the family.
A fund has been established and run by Reb' Shaya OBM, it will continue to be administered by the family. You may contact the Greenwald family for further details...
(4/25/2012 5:55:05 PM)
Family Fund
(I am a close family member, staying in Morristown)

The family have indeed setup a fund managed by the 'Zichron Shaya Schtroks Committee.'
Zichron Shaya Schtroks Committee
Rabbi Zalman Wilshanski, Rosh Yeshivah and Rav of Congregation Levi Yitzchok Morristown, neighbor to the Schtroks Family
Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin, London England, Brother of Mrs Suri Schtroks Shetichye
Reb Naftalie Greenwald, Brother of the Childrens Mother obm
Mrs Shaindel Levertov, Sister of Rabbi Schtroks
Rabbi Mendel Klyne, Son in Law

DONATE AT www.ZichronShayaSchtroks.com

Please note all funds donated to "The Shluchim Fund" for the family are being coordinated together with the family fund.

May we share Besuros Tovos, teikef umiyad.
(4/25/2012 6:20:53 PM)
a student
he was the best teacher i ever had
(4/25/2012 7:08:39 PM)
a parent
My son was in his class many years ago, together with his son. When I asked my son if it was hard having the father of a classmate as a teacher, he said, "Maybe it would be if it was another teacher. But R. Schtroks is so extremely fair that no one minds at all." He didn't make a move without thinking, considering it. And that gave all his students a sense of security, confidence, and trust. We miss you!
(4/26/2012 12:15:50 AM)
i cry and cry
such an amazing chossid. an emeseh dugmah chayeh!
simply an unbelievable person!
(4/26/2012 11:47:47 AM)
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