Jul 5, 2018
Zalman Borenstein, 9, OBM

Chaim Schneur Zalman Borenstein, a young Shliach from Canada who united tens of thousands in doing good deeds in the merit of his recovery, passed away.

Chaim Schneur Zalman Borenstein, a young Shliach from Whitby, Ontario Canada who united tens of thousands in doing good deeds in the merit of his recovery, passed away on Thursday, 22 Tammuz, 5778.

He was 9 years old.

A studious and bright young boy, Zalman had fallen ill just a year ago and was diagnosed with the dreaded illness.

Learning and mitzvah campaigns were launched in his merit alongside Challah bakes, which united tens of thousands in doing good deeds.

Zalman also competed in this past years' Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos and was among the finalists.

More recently a new Sefer Torah was written in the merit of his recovery.

After a brave and valiant battle, Zalman passed away early this morning.

He is survived by his parents Rabbi Tzali and Chana Mala Borenstein, Shluchim in Whitby, Ontario Canada, as well as his four siblings Perel, Chaya, Yossi and Bina.

He is also survived by his grandparents R Moshe Nachman and Dina Borenstein of Crown Heights and Mrs. Fajgi Itkin-Leiberman of Ft. Laurderdale.

The Levaya will take place today, Thursday, 3:30pm at Pardes Shalom Cemetery 10953 Dufferin St, Maple, ON L6A 1S2, Canada.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes - Chaim Schneur Zalman ben Betzalel shlit"a HaKohen

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(7/5/2018 9:01:30 AM)
(7/5/2018 9:05:15 AM)
Boruch dayan hoemes
Special neshomo
(7/5/2018 9:37:15 AM)
We NEED Moshiach NOW!!!!
(7/5/2018 9:56:09 AM)
Ad mosai?
Ad mosai?
Ad mosai?

Moshiach NOW!!!!!
(7/5/2018 10:00:47 AM)
Hashem yerachaim
So painful!!!
Words can not express,
our mind cant comprehend
and the heart cant breathe.


(7/5/2018 10:04:15 AM)

(7/5/2018 10:05:46 AM)
my heart goes out to the family may all your loved ones be comforted

my we be zoyche to have the ultimate yeshua immediatley
(7/5/2018 10:09:08 AM)
Such a sweet boy
How is this possible
(7/5/2018 10:20:21 AM)
So sorry
(7/5/2018 10:30:03 AM)
Let's continue to say Tehillim,and do extra mitzvos
We need to continue bombarding the gates of heaven until MOSHIACH comes. As the Rebbe said DALOI GOLUS! DOWN WITH GOLUS!
MAY HASHEM comfort his family,and may h be a mailitz yasher for klal yisroel
(7/5/2018 10:49:22 AM)
So sad and tragic. May Hashem comfort the family and bring Techiyas Hameisim speedily, and may there be no more tears.
(7/5/2018 11:30:20 AM)
BDE ... so sorry
Moshiah Now
(7/5/2018 11:39:39 AM)
BS"D BDE but it still hurts, someone tell me this is only a dream and not a nightmare
(7/5/2018 11:46:34 AM)
Baruch Dayan Haemes
(7/5/2018 12:18:55 PM)
Our hearts are with you.
Moshiach now!
(7/5/2018 12:35:36 PM)
From Thornhill, Ontario
Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

A beautiful Neshama.

May the Mishpacha be spared further sorrow and pain.
(7/5/2018 12:36:15 PM)
The Bornstein family is a great family. Moshiach now!
(7/5/2018 4:34:48 PM)
Oy Hasem please bring Chana Mala and her family nechama with coming of Moshiach Now!!!

An old friend from LA

(7/5/2018 4:36:31 PM)
Hamakom Yinachem Eschem
May your family be comforted during this unspeakable tragedy. He was a beautiful young boy! Moshiach NOW!!!!
(7/5/2018 5:03:17 PM)
A tragic loss - by Rabbi Elisha Greenbaum
For the last 12 months thousands of people, in all corners of the world, had been davening for a very special boy, Chaim Shneur Zalman HaKohen Borenstein, aged 9, of Whitby, Ontario.
Long term members of Moorabbin would remember his mother, Leahs sister, Chana Mala, from the year she spent here in Melbourne. She and her husband, Tzali Borenstein are dedicated Shluchim of the Rebbe to a small town in Canada and Zalman, their oldest son, our nephew, was diagnosed with a brain tumour almost exactly a year ago.
Unfortunately Zalman passed away a few hours ago.
Nobody ever likes to speak bad about the dead and thus, almost every person who passes away is described in highly complimentary terms. But Zalman really was special.
He was a very bright boy who adored davening and loved learning Torah. He was talented in art and music and dedicated to his parents community; reaching out with friendship and generosity of spirit.
Im trying my best to not make this sound overly effusive and I know much of it sounds too good to be true of a 9 year old, but if you have any doubts about my describing this child as special, allow me to describe his last 12 months, since he became sick.
No matter the pain he was in and in spite of the ravages his condition wreaked on his body, Zalman became, if anything, even more dedicated to Hashem and Judaism.
He insisted in the first months of his illness in continuing his regular Torah videos and essays that hed previously enjoyed producing for his local community.
He would also daven the whole davening every day, with someone holding a siddur in front of his face, turning each page at his signal.
Even as the illness progressed he cared deeply about every Jewish custom and law and made sure all his nurses and visitors were inducted with a crash course in practical Judaism.
Even when he could no longer talk and was forced to communicate just by moving his eyes, he would spend hours every day studying torah with a succession of tutors. My son Shmuel Yosef, who has been learning in Toronto, would drive an hour each way him just to learn with him. His amazing parents, Tzali and Chana Mala, would dedicate hours of every day learning with him; all this in addition to nursing Zalman and caring for their other children and ministering to their community.
New York plays host every year to an international competition for pre-teens, who are tested in the laws and details of Hashems mitzvos. Zalman had aspired since he was a child to take part in that competition and last year he made it. He might have been wheeled onto the big stage by his father, while lying back in his wheelchair, but hed made it as a finalist under his own steam. Despite all his physical challenges, he worked and worked to memorise that tremendous body of material and had honestly earned his moment in the spotlight.
He was a Chossid and Shliach. He insisted on sharing Judaism with others and even begged his parents to take him out on Purim and Chanuka to share the joys of yomtov with local Jews.
In his last few months his aspiration was to see the completion of a new Sefer Torah, dedicated by his family and community in his honour and there was no prouder boy on this world than Zalman on the day that Torah was dedicated, in the presence of a huge crowd of admirers.
Yesterday, as Zalman was labouring to take his final breaths, Chabad Chassidim around the world were learning the daily Hayom Yom; a collection of aphorisms collected by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
In the Hayom Yom for Wednesday the 21st of Tamuz, Zalmans penultimate day on earth, we learn that even in times of exile, Hashems presence never departed from the Western Wall. Despite all the devastation and destruction, the desolation was restricted to the buildings.
Similarly, with the personal sanctuary within each Jew ; the foundation is whole, clear and pure, Even when a Jew seems spiritually desolat e, this is only the building and not the foundation. The foundation of the individual always remains holy.
The Rebbe is making the point that no matter how low a Jew may sink spiritually, at his core he remains holy, but Id like to suggest that the analogy can be extended to mean that even when his physical body is failing, a Jews essence continues to shine.
T his was illustrated by Zalmans last 12 months. Even when his body failed him, his soul radiated holiness. Even when he struggled to breath, his focus was on words of Torah. As his physical faculties departed, his spirit grew and his true essence shone .
And it took a special family to nurture that spirit. The way Tzali and Chana Mala carried themselves over this difficult period has been remarkable. They were the ones chosen to nurture this special gift for the last nine years and theyve devoted this last year to surrounding Zalman and his siblings with Judaism, music , warmth and affection.
The Hayom Yom of today, the date of Zalmans passing reads:
A chassidic aphorism makes the head clear and the heart clean;
A chassidic virtuous practice fills the home with light;
A chassidic melody fortifies hope and trust, brings joyousness and places the home and family in a state of "light. (Hayom Yom - 22 Tamuz)
They may not have have Zalman in their home as long as they would have wished, but having surrounded him during his all too short time with Chassidic sayings, practices and songs, Zalmans parents and family can be assured that by their example they will have brought clarity of vision, light and joy to themselves, their families and to the world and, please G-d, helped usher in a time where we will be reunited with Zalman, as well as his departed cousins and grandparents as we celebrate the arrival of Moshiach.
(7/5/2018 6:17:13 PM)
A beautiful child
Rabbi Greenbaum your exquisite essay should of been posted on the main page of this website and not in the comments. You brought this child before our eyes. As if he photograph wasnt enough to reach into our hearts. Thank you for sharing your love.

Rabbi and Mrs Borenstein. No words or wishes can help your pain now. Everything is a fog and your heart is like a heavy stone. If you pause and listen as the days, months, years go on Zalmens Neshama will speak to you and help you. He will give you comfort and so much wisdom to help you face the moments you will come up against. You will never get over it but you will learn to live along side of it .

We see this beautiful child and the light and joy he brought to you. Everyones heart and love are with you .

(7/5/2018 8:05:44 PM)
until when.
hashem have mercy on our children below who lost a fellow sibling, son, grandson, friend and shliach.
a hero of a boy who gave up his life al pi kiddush hashem in 2018!
Please send moshiach so that we can be united with him
and our loved ones.
(7/5/2018 9:06:12 PM)
May they be comforted......
(7/5/2018 9:30:11 PM)
Oy Aibershter
Our small cheder had parents all take on mitzvos for him and he accomplished more in 9 years than almost any can hope to inspire in 99 years.

The Rebbe's famous sicha demanding the Beis HaMikdash be rebuilt and that anyone who hasn't seen it rebuilt is as if it was destroyed in their day, was on Yom Chamishi (Thurs.) Parshas Pinchas. The Rebbe screamed that date and said it's like the Bais HaMikdash is being destroyed today, Yom Chamishi, Parshas Pinchas.

That was the day Zalman was taken and that shows not only how great he is (as he has increased in life and goes higher and higher, always staying connected to his family and bringing blessings down to them), it also shows that his mission down here had everything to do with bringing Moshiach. This tragedy should never have happened, but Aibershter, let it be the last! It definitely opened the doors to the Geulah as none other could and he has sped up the Geulah tremendously. He will also be a true front line chosid of The Rebbe.

The Beis HaMikdash could not be built in an eternal way without the churban, R"L. The day of this terrible tragedy shows and testifies that Zalman has opened the door to the geulah like no other.
(7/5/2018 10:46:24 PM)

(7/5/2018 10:59:46 PM)
Please hashem
We need moshiach now
(7/6/2018 1:29:54 AM)
My heart is breaking for this beautiful Neshama
(7/6/2018 3:22:04 AM)
Fwd from Rabbi Lustig:
I'm on my way back from being Menachem Avel the Borensteins in Ontario.

Mrs. Borenstein told me that Chaim Schneur Zalman insisted on marking his missions every single day. He made his parents do it.

Yesterday (Wednesday), the day he passed away, the only thing he managed to communicate to his mother that day and the last thing he communicated to her was "mashpia.com".

He also studies for the chidon daily and had his nurses read the book to him. He was studying book two for next year already. His mother told me that one time Chaim Schneur Zalman mentioned something about an Eruv having to do with food and his mother thought that he didn't know what he was talking about. But the goyshe nurse corrected her and said yes "we learned in the Yahadus book about different types of an Eruv (book 2) and it does have to do with food. (Actually, all the types of an have to do with food, and not just about a string... ).

In general he was very proud of being honored at the Chidon and had his plaque hanging in his room. He was very proud to always look at it. He loved it when heard the Chidon playing in his house.
(7/6/2018 4:20:28 AM)
Rabbi Katz
Looks like a lechtige boy
May his lechtige Neshsma be a Meletz Yosher

All will be saved by Hashem every davening
Stays by Hashem our prayers always do!!
(7/6/2018 3:42:18 PM)
baruch dayan haemes
My heart is with you in this terrible loss. A precious soul, so innocent and pure, was taken away from us all.
(7/10/2018 10:21:31 AM)
Baruch Dayan Hames
may moshiach come speedily in our days!
(8/21/2018 9:21:41 AM)
My heart is breaking for this beautiful Neshama
(10/22/2018 4:17:04 AM)
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