• Tue, February 28, 2017
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Montreal Community Marks First Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yitzchak HaCohen Hendel The former head of the Montreal Beth Din

Throngs of people gathered at Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim on Westbury Sunday Night the 17th of February, to mark the first yahrtzeit of our late Rosh Beth Din and Rabbi of the Lubavitch community of Montreal. Sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe to lead the Lubavitch community of Montreal, Rabbi Hendel established the Lubavitch community including its yeshivos, day schools, mikvehs, and commenced spreading the word of Torah and Judaism in the days when true Torah in Montreal was hard to find.

Speakers at the yahrtzeit spoke about Rabbi Hendel’s unique capability of drawing all types of Jews to him in times of need and caring for their problems at all times of the day and night. As a Rav who had tremendous knowledge in many fields, including Kashrus, Rabbi Hendel took the lead on many Kashrus issues, visiting plants and facilities bearing MK certification and setting the foundation of Kashrus to be maintained. At all  hours of the night, Rabbi Hendel would visit facilities and ensure that the Kashrus procedures were in place. He would often advise the engineers at the plant as to how a certain piece of equipment should be kosherized when they found it difficult to do so.

Never wanting to bother anyone, Rabbi Hendel was insistent that he himself pick out a sefer when he needed one, and that no one else do it on his behalf. His middos were exemplerary and his eidel way of dealing with people and of solving problems is sorely missed by the Montreal community. In addition to Rabbi Hendel’s son from Israel, who spoke about his father’s knowledge of Shulchan Aruch at all levels, especially in the realms of Kashrus and Shabbos, the chief Rabbi of the Beth Din of Montreal, Dayan Y. B. Weiss addressed the packed hall. Rabbi Weiss recollected his dealings with Rabbi Hendel and his gentle way of handling issues and recommending solutions which were always accepted by the Vaad HaRabonim, who had immense respect for Rabbi Hendel and his knowledge.

The writing of a sefer Torah was commissioned at the event and members of the public were invited to write a letter in the sefer Torah and contribute to the writing thereof.

May Rabbi Hendel’s memory be a source of blessing to the entire community.

Rabbi Banon Speaking at the Yahrtzeit
Rav Weiss (left) Writing a letter in the Safer Torah


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