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Levaya/Shiva Announcement for the Father of Rabbi Yakov Horowitz
by Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

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8/7/11

Dear All:

It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that I inform you of the petira (passing) of my father Shlomo Nutovic, Shlomo Zev ben Baruch Yehudah, earlier this morning.

The levaya (funeral) will take place at 1:00 p.m. this afternoon, Sunday, at Shomrei Hada'as Chapel, 3803 14th Ave., in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn.

I will be sitting shiva at the home of my parents, 1423 East 13th street in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

May we only share besuros tovos (good tidings) with each other.

Yakov Horowitz

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1.     8/7/11 - 11:03 AM
yehudis chana meshchaniov

Dear Rabbi Horowitz- We send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort and solace during this difficult time-- The Meshchaninovs


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2. Nichum     8/7/11 - 11:50 AM
Yitzchok Grossbard

The fact that you lovingly refer to him as your father demonstrates what a special man he must have been (and for that matter, who you are). You and your entire family should share only future simchos.


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3.     8/7/11 - 1:43 PM
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HaMokom yenachem eschem b'soch aveilei Zion virushalayim.

David Wayntraub Oak Park, MI


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4. Nichum avelim     8/7/11 - 1:53 PM
Berel Wein - Jerusalem

Your work on behalf of Jewish children will certainly be a merit to your father's memory. Hamakom yenachem etchem btoch shear aveili Tzion V'Yesrushalayim.


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5. Nichum Aveilim     8/7/11 - 2:22 PM
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Dear Rabbi Horowitz המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים.

Your father has great זכותים for having a son who inspires and cares for so many Yiden round the globe.

בשורות טובות

Mr Leitner Manchester - UK


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6. nicham aveilim     8/7/11 - 4:28 PM
Anonymous - ixist42helpyou2@yahoo.com

It is written that when a neshoma leaves this world it is for jealousy and hatred part of Hashem leaves the world as well. so Hashem is in the given situation and can then comfort you all amen.

may Hahsem grant us the third temple in our days Amen.


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7. Midah K'neged Midah!     8/8/11 - 1:59 AM
Shmuel B. - Lakewood

L'chvod Yedidie R' Yankel, May the Z'chusim you have for devoting your life to Hashem's children, be a Zechus for your father and for his children. המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים.


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8. Condolences     8/8/11 - 8:41 AM
Brenda Wiener - Fair Lawn, NJ - wienerb@pbcpny.com

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Hamakom yinachem etchem bitoch sheavr avelei tzion ve'yerushalayim. Brenda Wiener


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9. BD"E     8/8/11 - 9:35 AM
anonymousfornow

Not much to add to what everyone's said. I have great hakaras hatov for all the support you've offered, by word and example, to others in this and similar situations. (May I mention also the excellent articles in Hamodia by Rabbi Heschel in this vein.)

The brachos are many: that you had him in your life, that your children got to have the wonderful experience of this zeidy and the example you set...but as you know, while circumstances may make it easier, it's never easy.

HaMakom yenacheim eschem b'soch sh'ar aveilei Tziyon v'Yrushalayim.


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10. nicham aveilim     8/8/11 - 1:19 PM
alex

Dear Rabbi Horowitz,

It has and should continue to serve as a tremendous z'chus for your father’s neshama, the many stories and maasiem you have said over about such a special and beautiful neshasha that has impacted the lives of so many. May we share in be’suros to’vos.

HaMokom yenachem eschem b'soch aveilei Zion virushalayim.

Be’ya’didos, Alex and Malka


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11.     8/8/11 - 7:40 PM
Anonymous

Why do you have a different last name (Nutovic instead of Horowitz)?


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12. Nichum aveilim     8/9/11 - 10:30 AM
Elliot Pasik - Long Beach, NY - efpasik@aol.com

HaMakom yenachem eschem b'soch aveilei Tsion v'Yerushalayim

Elliot Pasik and family


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13. Here are some details     8/9/11 - 8:05 PM
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May 14, 2009 Rabbi Yakov Horowitz: Father of the man

Please listen to little Yankie

By Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

Issue of May 15, 2009 / 21 Iyar 5769

In his classic poem, “The Rainbow,” William Wordsworth coined the phrase, “The child is father of the man.” Those famous words are the subject of much discussion as they are open to a wide range of interpretations. Perhaps the most common one is that the external factors that affect our childhood will govern the way we think and act as adults. According to that reading, those words would express the notion that, “The child [what happened to us as children] is father [helps determine the thinking patterns and actions, similar to the influence of a parent] of the man [what we do in our adult life.]”

Upon reflection, I would say that the seminal event that shaped my adult life was the sudden passing of my father a”h 46 years ago this week before my fourth birthday. This is not to suggest that those of us who were orphaned at a young age spend our days with morbid thoughts. Rather, the searing experience of losing a parent early on cannot help but frame life’s experiences differently than most other folks. Having walked many miles in the shoes of the heavy of heart, we often find it easier to empathize with those around us who are undergoing challenging times. And losing a loved one at such a young age very painfully teaches us to appreciate the value of time and the gift of life.

As time gradually heals all wounds, I had always hoped that the grueling day each year when my father’s yahrtzeit day is observed would continue to get easier with the passage of time, as it progressively did for most of my adult life. But over the past few years, as my wife and I have had the incredible zechus of walking our children to the chuppah and seeing our newly-born grandchildren through the plate glass windows of hospital nurseries, I am finding that these yahrtzeit days are becoming more and more gut wrenching, almost too painful to bear. For while earlier in life, I spent the day reflecting on my personal loss; now my thoughts on Rosh Chodesh Iyar are preoccupied with thinking of my father’s loss and all the things he never got to do.The past two years, I decided to channel much of that energy into writing a column on the day of his yahrtzeit designed to provide a modicum of comfort to children who lost parents at a young age. This year, however, I will let the child in me pen a few words to parents who are divorced, separated, or experiencing significant difficulty in their marriages.

In the 28 years that I’ve been dealing with children, I have seen true nobility of spirit where countless divorced fathers and mothers set aside differences and worked together to make the best of a difficult situation for the sake of their children. I’ve watched divorced parents attend the parent-teacher conferences of their children together, celebrate stress-free birthdays, bar/bas mitzvos and graduations together, even jointly walk their child to the chuppah. I have had the privilege of observing amazing parents who decided to let their kids sleep in their own beds after the divorce in order to minimize the disruption in their lives, even though it required the mother to move out each time the father had visitation. All these accommodations deliver a resounding message to their children - that they are valued and their parents always put the needs of their kids before their own.At the same time, I have also had the misfortune to see the most shameful and horrible behavior displayed by parents seemingly oblivious to the long-term and often permanent damage they are doing to the children that Hashem has blessed them with and entrusted to their care. I have listened to horror stories of abusive parents doing unspeakable things to their children and spouses. I have watched parents use the children they once lovingly brought home from the hospital as helpless pawns in their hate-driven battles with their ex-spouse, bad-mouthing the other parent, using the children as carrier pigeons to send toxic messages to each other, and engaging in protracted litigation over every facet of their lives. I have witnessed soulless, evil fathers cruelly withholding gittin from the mothers of their children to extract money or other concessions. Each and every time I see this type of behavior, the child in me remains dumbfounded that people can knowingly make their children rootless, virtual orphans.

In fact, in many ways their kids are in far worse shape than I was. Everywhere I went as a child, people would stop me and tear up as they spoke glowingly about the very special father I had and how much they missed him. I had the unwavering love and support of my amazing mother and the wonderful man she married a few years after my father passed away. I can’t even imagine the confusion and pain experienced by children whose parents are in midst of a bitter and public divorce. It is no wonder that so many of them wash up on the shores bloodied and bruised - addicted to drugs, alcohol or worse, doing whatever they can to dull the pain of feeling worthless and wind driven.So, a few words to parents who are struggling with your marriages: please do what you can to make it work - go to your Rav for professional help as soon as possible and see if you can save your marriage. If the marriage is to be dissolved, please, please keep the children’s needs first. On behalf of all the confused and tormented kids I have met over the years - those with abusive/neglectful parents and those whose parents behaved poorly during messy divorces, I beg you from the depths of my soul to take a giant step back from the abyss if you are headed there and remove the sword of the Angel of Death from your hands. For make no mistake. If you continue down the path of discord and machlokes, you will, in all likelihood be calling me or one of my colleagues a few years down the road in the worst agony you have ever experienced - watching a gehenom unfold that you helped create.

Please listen to little Yankie now, rather than Rabbi Yankie later on.


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14. shiva     8/9/11 - 10:40 PM
mark meyer appel

Reb Yanki Glad i was able to attend the shiva and meet your sweet family may Hashem comfort you betoch shar ivlei zion


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15. Our condolences     8/10/11 - 3:08 PM
Bob Miller

HaMokom yenachem eschem b'soch aveilei Zion Viyerushalayim.

Dear Rabbi Horowitz,

We were so sad to hear of your loss. He was clearly a special man.

Bob Miller & Family


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16. B"DE     8/11/11 - 5:50 AM
Shani - Bklyn, NY - shecks@optonline.net

I'm so moved by your constant willingness to give to the Klal, even during your time of personal pain and loss, that I have to send an email of condolence to you.

Who else but Rabbi Horowitz would have a conference shiur on Megillas Eichah?? Who else but Rabbi Horowitz would have a conference shiur on Megillas Eichah from a shiva house?? Thank you from this mother, who as always, gained much hashkafa and inspiration from you. While extremely grateful to be at home on Tisha B'Av night with my kinderlach, your shiur was invaluable for helping me to connect with the spirit of the day from my own home.

I echo all the beautiful sentiments expressed here about you and both of your fathers...

HaMokom yenachem eschem b'soch sha'ar aveilei Zion ViYerushalayim.


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17. Hamakom Yenachem Eschem Bsoch Shaar Aveilei Tzion VYerushalayim     8/14/11 - 5:21 AM
Malki - Yerushalayim

Thank you for the special work that you do for the community.


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18.     8/15/11 - 3:04 PM
Yoseph Braunfeld

I Am sorry I was unable to attend Shiva. I did not hear about it until now. HaMokom yenachem eschem b'soch aveilei Zion virushalayim.

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