Since we spoke last the Chabad community has lost three very different of its finest.
(Photo by Shturem)
HaRav Reb Yitzchok Hendel passed away on Friday. He had some year this past year, losing his daughter, wife, and grandson. He was from the Peylishe Tmimim in Otwock that arrived in America through Shanghai and was soon after dispatched by the Frierdige Rebbe to Montreal, where he was a member of the Beis Din there, and Rov of the Lubavitcher Community. In the above photo he's standing third from right. Also pictured are Reb Chatshe Feigin and Reb Yudel Eber Hy"d.
This morning, while languishing in bed with a hangover, my wife informed me that Shimshon Stock left this world on Purim. I also remember Shimshon from times like Selichos by the Rebbe, with his box in hand screaming for donations to CSSYT. What I didn't know was how he helped out families with things like Shidduchim and Sholom Bayis, and leaves countless families grieving. The fact that mentalblog reported on his passing says a lot to me. I would guess that Shimshon tried to help Tzemach too. He may have seemed a little rough around the edges, but he was all mush inside.
And now, after finally recovering from Purim and getting back to work, I boot up the computer and learn that Reb Sholom Chaskind died today. RSC was the son of Reb Berel Chaskind, pictured here behind the Frierdige Rebbe and his future Mechutan, the Rashag. Sholom's sister married the Frierdige Rebbe's Eynikel, and no, I don't know if he spoke to her all these years. Reb Sholom lived in Tel Aviv and was interviewed on the Early Years series by JEM.