Thursday, 11 Heshvan, 5781
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Shua Polonsky, 31, OBM

Shua Polonsky, a young husband and father from Crown Heights who suddenly fell ill and united the world in prayer, passed away. Update: Levaya today (Friday) at 9:45 AM. Full Story

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November 15, 2017 12:06 pm

Bde simi my friend is a friend of urs whatever u need help with I will be there for u may we only share simchas

oye! bdh'e.
November 14, 2017 7:27 pm

ribbono shel olam, voss veelstu fuhn dein follk yisroel?
shfoch chamaschah al… asher lo y’da’uchah, nete af amchah yisroel.
zol shain nemen a sof. moshiach now.

BDE - Hamocom yenachem ...
November 12, 2017 3:58 pm

Me and my 10 year old son spoke to him a few days before he got sick regarding the Oholai Torah Crown heights basket ball league – which he voluntarily was arranging. He patiently took time to explain to answer my child’s questions and explain the purpose was to encourage ahavas yisroel and achduse yisroel etc. A special person.

May the family be comforted by hashem amongst the morners of zion. Vkitsu vranennu shochnai ofor vehu broshom.

so painful
November 12, 2017 1:22 pm

Hashem we neeed moshiach

November 12, 2017 8:57 am

may moshiach come now!!!

to 110
November 11, 2017 8:55 pm

You’re absolutely right. A great husband /spouse and Dad/parent comes from planing and effort. Let’s put aside our phones and make time for our loved ones in his merit.

Boruch Dayon Emes
November 11, 2017 3:45 pm

Our sincere condolences to the family. Yocheved, Marsha and Mel are like family to us.So sorry about your loss and we pray that Moshiach comes and you will soon be reunited with your precious Shua.
May the zchus of all the unity and davening around the world bring abundant blessings to his special family. We are all shocked and saddened.
Hamokom yenachem eschem besoich sheor aveilei tzion viyerushalayim!
Rabbi Yossy and Rochel Goldman and family/ South Africa

Boruch Dayin EMES!
November 10, 2017 1:37 pm


Baruch Dayan emes
November 10, 2017 11:44 am

It was so hard to say those 3 words.
Simi, I follow you on Instagram, and you have the most beautiful smile and family. I’m shocked that this happened, and can not imagine what you are going through right now. It’s so unreal, and it’s so hard to accept. I don’t know you, but I can feel your pain and loss. I’m crying with you.
The world went so dark yesterday, and the only way for it to go light again is with Moshiach.
May we merit to bring Moshiach now!

ברוך דיין האמת
November 10, 2017 11:38 am

Please Hashem משיח עכשיו!

November 10, 2017 10:39 am

This is so terrible !!! The poor man was 31, I wish his family all the luck and strenght of the world. Your with Hashem now, my dear friend, Rest In Peace. 😢😢😢😢😢😢😢

All factions
November 10, 2017 9:35 am

As a chabad community let us resolve to embrace this grieving family, and improve our ways… we must

Avy Lahav
November 10, 2017 9:07 am

ברוך דיין אמת
My deepest condolences to the family .

November 10, 2017 9:05 am

Shua was very passionate about the impact of technology on relationships.
In his memory, can we be more careful? Leave phones aside when spending time with loved ones, be more present when talking with people, turn off phones at night.
It is heartbreaking that Shua can no longer be with us and his family as he always was, fully there, listening and helping, but let his life be a guide for us.
We don’t know how long we have left, so let’s treasure that time and make sure we spend it with our spouses and children, without artificial interruptions.

November 10, 2017 8:23 am

So sad and painful

November 10, 2017 8:03 am

Simi, words cannot describe the pain I’m feeling for you right now. Hashem should give you the strength to bring up your beautiful children and we ashould all see the coming of moshiach NOW and be reunited with your loving husband.

November 10, 2017 7:24 am

Shocking, just shocking, moshiach now!

November 10, 2017 6:30 am

My daughter, Essie, has been so very touched by Shua’s goodness and is truly heart broken with the shock of his passing. I have been praying for his healing and now the Lord has done this in a way that leaves those who loved him in pain. I pray, now, for his precious family!

November 10, 2017 5:57 am

You are my hero and a true hero to a lot of ppl I know. You did not deserve this and g-d should bless you with the power and the strength to carry on and raise your children. You and shua have inspired so many ppl to do good and I myself have taken upon things and will try to keep them forever. I do not know you guys and neither do they people who I know, but we were all rooting for you and we still are! The amount of people you have touched for the good will surely… Read more »

November 10, 2017 5:52 am

It is not fair! It is not fair these girls will have to say izkor at shul, it is not fair their father won’t be there to walk them to the chuppah, it is not fair that Tsophia probably won’t remember her dad, it is not fair Simi won’t share her entire life with the person she truly loved. I just cannot understand! And let me tell you something, I don’t even know them, i don’t even live in America, but the impact they have both done in my life is unbelievable. I just hope Simi and her family the… Read more »

From Hensha
November 10, 2017 5:48 am

I am in shock like all the others. I knew Yocheved growing up in Cleveland. She was very close to my daughter. I spent many a Shabbos at the Waxman home and was close to the grandparents, Marcia and Mel. I vividly remember Leonardo spending much time in our home on President Street when he came to be with the Rebbe.
May Hashem comfort the entire very special family in their pain.

November 10, 2017 5:37 am

Baruch Dayan Haemes

November 10, 2017 5:32 am

You’ve shown your true colors– so strong beautiful and wise. Sharing Chassidic thoughts thay have literally changed me so much! Your steely faith and focus on the truth in hard times is astounding. Shua has already made this world a better place– I have taken upon myself so many important changes just yesterday. Another stranger — feeling close. May Hashem send comfort and strength for you and your girls

Dear Family
November 10, 2017 3:18 am

As someone who experienced an out of nowhere tragedy, and as you may find with others who experienced a tragedy like yours, Hashem is charging you with a special lifelong mission to bring light to the world, in a way nobody else can, as a direct result of the specific tragedy you experienced and that the only reason that something like this could happen is for some unfathomable and unexplainable good to come from it as a result of everything you have experienced and that only you could handle. Now it is being revealed that you are a special soldier… Read more »

November 10, 2017 3:02 am

I dont know any of these people at all .chassidim are one family and I feel such sadness in my heart ..This is so hearbreaking its just alot of pain.May Hashem give the families lots of strentgh and comfort and Bring Moshiach asap so we can have all of our loved ones back.

why indeed?
November 10, 2017 2:20 am

i do not know him but it is so sad

Continue your hachlatos!
November 9, 2017 11:44 pm

Don’t forget the hachlatos u made in his zechus! May his neshama have an Aliyah

So sad. He was such a nice person :(
November 9, 2017 11:23 pm
heart goes out to his family.
November 9, 2017 11:19 pm

its very sad and a tragedy but he fullfilled his mission here and that was too unite all of us…and im sure his children will be great tzadekim and his wife will be strong knowing that so many jewish people became united and dovened for her husband…BDE

So very sorry
November 9, 2017 11:08 pm

Very sorry. Lovely faces ypu all have.
I dont know u but was prayi n g and asking Gd for u.

I hope thatv the love you clearly had for each other will carry ypu forever.
Chana simcha

November 9, 2017 10:29 pm

There are actually NOOOOO words to describe just HOW much you accomplished Simi in this short hardest 21 days of this tremendous challenge you were faced with, the chesed the mitzvos the amount of tehilim alone and on and on…..
May ALL this good that was accomplished bring Moshiach immediately!!!!
You are a True Hero Simi and everybody was and is sooooo
inspired by you….may hasem grant you the koach and bring us Moshiach NOW

November 9, 2017 9:56 pm

Hamakom Yenacheim eschem bsoch shaar aveilei tziom vyerushalayim. vehikitzu veranenu shochnei ofor vehu bsochom.

November 9, 2017 9:41 pm

oh my goodness!! the family should be comferted amongst the mourners of tzion . soo sad BDE

What a shame...BDE
November 9, 2017 9:40 pm

He was in Morristown a little bit. Always would smile and nice person to know. Easy to speak to and was a good listener. Just remember how he always was smiling

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
November 9, 2017 9:39 pm

There are no words sufficient to describe such a tragedy. It is beyond comprehension. Ad Mosai?!? How much longer Hashem? To all those who davened and said Tehillim, thank you for your love and care. We have to keep on going even though the ways and reasons of the Almighty. Hold your loved ones close, cherish every second with them. Life is fragile and too short to focus on trivialities. Love yourself and others and do acts of kindness and support often and with a sense of urgency as the Rebbe z”tl said. Hugs and love from a fellow Jew.

may You be comforted...
November 9, 2017 9:34 pm

Among the mourners of Tzion:(
Very very very….sorry to hear of your loss.

I am so sorry
November 9, 2017 9:33 pm

Im so pained to hear this. I have no words. May haShem comfort you among the mourners of zion and jerusalem. Devestated.

Oy vey ad mosai
November 9, 2017 9:29 pm

We need Moshiach now!!

November 9, 2017 9:28 pm

You don’t know me, but I just wanted to tell you the amount of people you’ve touched and reached and affected thru this is incredible. Was just with a friend and we weee both crying and saying we don’t even know you but this feels so incredibly personal. Just wanted to tell you that we are all with you. 8i hope all of the good that the world has done in shuas honor brings Moshiach as soon as possible- there really is no other option. You’re a incredible person. You’re eminah and bitachon thru all of this has really inspired… Read more »

so so sorry
November 9, 2017 9:21 pm

He brought us to a greater unity. May we build on this in his merit and may it be the final act of goodness that will bring the open revelation of Moshiach.

NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!
November 9, 2017 8:59 pm

How is this even ok?!?! Why why why why?! God life would be so much easier if we understood your ways! I’m so sorry for the family although I never knew him he will be missed and may the family only know of simchos!

Friend From Argentina
November 9, 2017 8:49 pm

So sorry to hear. Brilliant person and family. BDE ;(

Ad mosai !
November 9, 2017 8:33 pm

What a pure and harmonious neshoma, even his athleticism was eidel.
I remember our first meeting in the gym, when he was still a bachur and him telling me that he was a PHD student in sociology.
He had a tremendously healing presence, too bad I never had a chance to tell him that.

Moshiach now!
November 9, 2017 8:00 pm

Dear Polonsky family, I am so sorry for your loss. This is beyond unfathomable. We were all davening for a miracle. May Hashem shower you with revealed blessings. I am so sad right now, just thinking of his little children.
Love and prayers from someone who doesn’t even know you

November 9, 2017 7:57 pm

May the zechusim that were undertaken on his behalf serve to benefit his family.

so sry
November 9, 2017 7:54 pm

so saddened to hear . i never met shua , but i am super inspired by simi emunah and strengh all through this difficult time.Thank you for including us all on ur journey and showing us what true joy and bitachon mean.
i wish simi and her family lots of strengh
you have been an inspiration to many young woman the world.
may u be reunited with shua with moashach Now!

Thinking of you
November 9, 2017 7:53 pm

We are saddened of this news and wish all the family long life thinking of you all
so so sad xoxo

November 9, 2017 7:51 pm

No words. As a widow, I get it… but not really at all. May Hashem bring Moshiach right away and bring Shua back. Condolences and warmest wishes to the family!

Hugs & condolences
November 9, 2017 7:38 pm

From a fellow Jew who does not know you but prayed for your husband and family! Peace! Healing! May Hashrm lighten your pain

our Rebbe
November 9, 2017 7:38 pm

our Rebbe begged and pleaded is to ask and demand Moshiach to the point that even little children should say every day We want Moshiach NOW He instructed us to learn inyonei moshiach and geula to hasten Moshiach coming…..Lets do it . Lets do it now….put all our energy in doing all we could to actually bring moshiach NOW and to enforce ahavas yisroel which was the Rebbes last request as well./..Lets do it for Simmy and her 2 fatherless children and for all the people suffering in this bitter galus….WE WANT MOSHIACH NOW

Baruch Dayan HaEmet
November 9, 2017 7:36 pm

A tragic loss.
Our thoughts with his entire family and the Gestetner family of Sydney, Australia.

bde so sad
November 9, 2017 7:36 pm

So sorry for your loss!
ad mosai?!?!?

We are with you
November 9, 2017 7:11 pm

May Hashem give the family the strength

November 9, 2017 7:07 pm

Lots of love from a random praying stranger!

November 9, 2017 7:07 pm

So sorry for your loss! may your family be blessed!

November 9, 2017 6:56 pm


This is so so sad
November 9, 2017 6:46 pm

AD MOSAI!?!??!!!!!!!!!?!?????!

November 9, 2017 6:46 pm

I will forever be #shuastrong
He has taught me to love a fellow Jew for no reason and to be kind and smile at ppl. Shua changed my life and Simi you are a true hero. To unite the world like you did I have never seen and I am 100% confident your husband is smiling down on you forever. Moshiach now!!!

Deepest condolences
November 9, 2017 6:40 pm

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of this special and beloved man. May Hashem bring Moshiach Now to end this painful golus.

November 9, 2017 6:38 pm

so sorry for your tremendous loss. We- klall yisroel are all here with you during this time.

Big Z Schapiro
November 9, 2017 6:27 pm


November 9, 2017 6:23 pm

I am in complete and utter shock. I am so so sorry for his family, wife and children. Hamakom yinachem eschem bsoch shaar avlei zion byerushalayim. my heart goes out to you

November 9, 2017 6:22 pm

People only physically die. Shua will watch over his wife and children until moshiach arrives. I am so sorry for the loss and his wife should be blessed with strength and happiness.

November 9, 2017 6:22 pm

So sad. We need moshiach

how aweful!!
November 9, 2017 6:22 pm

May Hashem comfort his wife and family..
How can such a thing happen????
What a tragedy! What heartbreak! What a nightmare for them all to have to endure!!
Ad Mosai!!!! WE scream and beg for Moshiach to come right now!!!

November 9, 2017 6:21 pm

OMGOSH!!!!!!!!! Hard to digest this news…. hard hard hard …. especially when the world united to daven for him.
BARUCH DAYAN EMES. What else is there to say.

November 9, 2017 6:17 pm

BDE, cannot believe this happened, so young and amazing person.

My condolences
November 9, 2017 6:15 pm

So sorry for your loss. Baruch Dayan Haemet

November 9, 2017 6:13 pm

What a tradgedyl!!! We will miss you shua:( Simi and her beautiful girls, you are in my heart, I just pray hashem comforts you for only he can. Moshiach now!!!!!

Boruch dayan hoemes
November 9, 2017 6:09 pm

May he be reunited with his family very soon.

ברוך דין אמת
November 9, 2017 6:05 pm

May his נשמע have an אליע

November 9, 2017 6:00 pm

Bde. I knew him by association and he was the kindness man. The most loving father and husband. A truly good and amazing godly person. The whole world will feel this loss. May the family only experience joy from here on out

I’m so so sorry for your loss!
November 9, 2017 6:00 pm

Simi, I don’t know you, but feel as though I do. So so sorry for your loss!

So sad
November 9, 2017 5:46 pm

Shua taught basketball to my sons and cared so much for their well-being, success and happiness. He truly cared. I am so sad. BDE.

November 9, 2017 5:46 pm

When will this end?

November 9, 2017 5:42 pm

Please make sure you have life insurance. It is a must you owe it to your family (ps I do not sell life insurance I’m a plumber)

beyond shocked
November 9, 2017 5:36 pm

BDE – there no words, and what I want to say can’tbe printed.

כותב בדמע
November 9, 2017 5:34 pm

בזמן קשה, וכשאי אפשר להבין למה… לפעמים צריך “וידם אהרן”!
השם יודע מה שהוא עושה ולנו קשה להבין.
מכה קשה מאד וצריכים הרבה רחמי שמים.
בואו כולם להתחזק במעשה טוב לזולת לזכות כולם!
השם ישמור פרצות עמו ישראל.

Lipinski from Argentina
November 9, 2017 5:28 pm

BD’E no words…..

WHY!!! WHY WHY WHY?????????
November 9, 2017 5:26 pm
November 9, 2017 5:25 pm


November 9, 2017 5:18 pm

So crazy

November 9, 2017 5:17 pm

At a loss for words. May Hashem give strength to the family to pick up the shattered pieces!!

November 9, 2017 5:14 pm

So so sorry to hear!! He has inspired me even though I didn’t know him. The lesson in ahavas yisrael and positivity that I have learned from him should be a zchus for him and his family. Hopefully you’ll be reunited this year. May Hashem comfort you

Boruch dayan emes
November 9, 2017 5:12 pm

I did not know Shua personally but somre members of my family who did mentioned his Ahavas Yisroel and good midos. He passed away on the Rebbe Rashab’s birthday. The Rebbe once gave out the kuntres Heichaltzu by the Rebbe Rashab. Maybe for the zechus of Shua’s neshama , iit should be redistribitued and learned and practiced. May Hashem wipe away all tears with Moshiach now. Ad mosai!?

so sad... BDE
November 9, 2017 5:11 pm
November 9, 2017 5:10 pm


November 9, 2017 5:04 pm

Only God knows why!

November 9, 2017 5:01 pm

I don’t know Shua. I don’t know his relatives. But I said so much tehilim for him and had him in mind at kivrei rzadikim. I can’t believe this happened after all that was done in his merit. May Hashem comfort the family. Hashem,enough challenges and tests! Please bring Moshiach right now and together we will all be reunited with Shua and all others by techias hameisim. Moshiach now!!!!

November 9, 2017 5:00 pm

my heart emotionally hurts from this. what a beautiful couple, shining from happiness. OY.

Shua will be in my heart and our hearts forever.
November 9, 2017 5:00 pm

Bde. Pray for his neshama. A tzaddik in our times. Shuas neshama is one of a kind. I will miss my best friend forever, but comforted by the fact that he is going to a very good place. He brought the world together. This is the start of something beautiful and earth shattering. Much love to his wonderful family.
May the beauty of his life continue to be celebrated and remembered. It should inspire us all to do good and stay positive.
Always smile, and love your fellow man.

Chaim Jakob

November 9, 2017 4:58 pm

So so sorry for your loss
I will iyh do an extra mitzva in his honor

Deepest condolences to the family
November 9, 2017 4:55 pm

May everyone be comforted among all the mourners of Zion. I’m so sorry and sad about this tragedy. Moshiach is coming NOW and we will all be reunited very soon!!

November 9, 2017 4:54 pm

I am heartbroken.
Nothing to say.
Hashem what are you doing? We are not understanding

strength ....
November 9, 2017 4:39 pm

hashem give the family strength … i know the gesteters will take this strength and use it to strengthen us .. such selfless good people .. may they only know blessings

November 9, 2017 4:38 pm

We want Moshiach Now with techias hamasim immediately!!!

Hashem Please Stop!!!!
November 9, 2017 4:38 pm

Bde May the family find strength,courage and endurance to overcome this huge tragedy. We love you and will support you To our community: PLEASE UNITE! LETS TRY TO ACCEPT ONE ANOTHER OR AT LEAST NOT HARM CHAS VSHALOM ONE ANOTHER! In Toras Menachem יב תמוז תשכ״ז it says that Ahavas Yisroel in a community brings long life and Chas vshalom when there’s arguments or disputes causes the opposite of life R”L For shuas sake please try to smile to someone you didn’t,to tolerate someone you didn’t and to try to go out of your way for people who are not… Read more »

November 9, 2017 4:37 pm

Omg! So sad! Hashem yishmor.

To 14
November 9, 2017 4:37 pm

Hershel leib

November 9, 2017 4:36 pm

So sad. Sweetest guy. Moahiach now!

One of the most solid guys in CH
November 9, 2017 4:35 pm

So sad.
I’m heart broken.
I don’t know him very well, but this guy always been a very nice and ’emeser’ guy.
So hard to believe. God bless the family, and keep them strong.

So sad :(
November 9, 2017 4:35 pm

I’m so sad this happened. We should all take on something extra in his merit! Also, does anyone his fathers name?

November 9, 2017 4:33 pm

Dear G-d ,
Enough with the orphan addiction.

November 9, 2017 4:33 pm

howww??why?? we need moshiach NOW!!!

November 9, 2017 4:25 pm

Horrific heart wrenching tragedy! Condolences to the family. No words! Gd have mercy!

November 9, 2017 4:24 pm

bde …no words

November 9, 2017 4:24 pm

Moshiach has to come now!!!! I don’t understand! Hashem give us moshiach already! No more suffering! The family should only know simchas

Terrible may Hashem be with you
November 9, 2017 4:22 pm

2 little children left behind without thier father why Hashem? Ad mosai Moshiach now and let his 2 little children reunite with thier father this is tragic news

Ad mosai
November 9, 2017 4:20 pm

BDE moshiach should come now! Enough is enough!

Yehoshua Refoel Ben ? Halevi
November 9, 2017 4:20 pm

Please fill in

November 9, 2017 4:19 pm

BS”D Very Sad and especially after everyone tried so hard

Cold winter
November 9, 2017 4:19 pm

Bde why do we all wait for a tragedy to write and say good thing about one another lets change the discourse once and for all

November 9, 2017 4:17 pm


Horrible News!!!!
November 9, 2017 4:13 pm

Ad Mosai, ad Mosai, Ad Mosai!

Moshiach Now!

Condolences to the whole family. May Hashem keep you strong and heal your pain. BDE

Oy. Hashem.

This is not fair
November 9, 2017 4:12 pm

Shocked and saddened by this

BDE! HaShem should comfort them
November 9, 2017 4:09 pm

Hashem should give Simi and her children so much strength. I have never seen a woman as remarkable and courageous as her. BDE.

November 9, 2017 4:08 pm


November 9, 2017 4:07 pm

I personally do not lnow him but I am devastated by this tragedy.

Ad mosaiii!!!
November 9, 2017 4:03 pm

Moshiach should come right away!!

This is horrible
November 9, 2017 4:03 pm

BDE. May his Neshama have an Aliyah!

Baruch Dayan Haaemes
November 9, 2017 3:59 pm

A really wonderful person, May Hashem console his family, and may we merit the techias hameisim very soon!

November 9, 2017 3:59 pm

I’m sickened.

November 9, 2017 3:57 pm

BDE. So sorry to hear. May we only share in Simchas from now on.