By COLlive reporter
Menachem Mendel Orenstein, a Chabad chossid and dedicated math teacher in Israel, was killed in a car accident Tuesday, 21 Teves 5771.
The 45 year-old man was fatally injured while crossing the street into Kfar Citrin, a technological Yeshiva and village in northern Israel, where he taught Grade 8.
Paramedics who were immediately called to the scene tried performing CPR without success. They cited bad lighting as the reason Orenstein was not seen by passing cars.
Today was the yahrzeit of Orenstein’s father. He davened Maariv and said Kaddish and crossed the road which led to his death.
His wife Rochel was waiting for him in a nearby junction and only heard about the tragedy a few hours later.
Orenstein was born in Rostov-on-Don, a city in southern Russia, to a non religious Jewish family. He was attracted to the Chabad Chassidus and later married Rochel Maskalik, daughter of R’ Mendel Maskalik and granddaughter of R’ Yaakov Maskalik, otherwise known as Reb Yankel Zuravitzer.
The couple lived in Moscow for many years, working in the local educational institutions of Chabad.
“He was a dear person who was very active and has made his mark on all who knew him,” the staff at Machon Chomesh, a women’s institute of higher learning in Moscow, Russia, told COLlive.
“He always had a smile and was a shining example of a Chossid,” they added.
Upon moving to Israel, the Orensteins lived in the Tzofim village in the Shomron. Menachem Mendel worked for Lev Leviev‘s Yeshiva in Kfar Citrin, while Rochel worked as an accountant for the Matzah Bakery in Kfar Chabad.
He is survived by his wife and their 9 year-old son. The funeral will take place Thursday in Jerusalem.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.