The following is an email that was sent out to friends and family of R’ Itzy Eckstein, father of Yeshaya Dov Eckstein z”l, who was niftar last week. It is being posted here with the family’s permission.
We have no words to describe the outpouring of special nechama we received from so many people. Thank you for the calls, the letters and the personal visits and beautiful stories you shared.
At the kever yesterday, I said “You are not just my child – “the Jewish nation’ shared in our pain! – you are not anymore ‘my’ Yeshayohu Dov – you became ‘our’ Yeshayohu Dov!” Last night after the shiva – our oldest son Gedalyohu – had a firstborn – a baby boy! Mazel Tov!
Let us share simchos! it’s harder to share in other people’s simchos!
The last Friday of ‘our’ son’s life he heard that the camp maintenance person, Rabbi K., had a bar mitzvah of a grandchild in Eretz Yisroel. Yeshayohu Dov was extremely sensitive. He volunteered to make a bar mitzvah
to share the simcha of an ‘einikle’. The man gave him his credit card to buy the food and paraphernalia. The bochur took the credit card. He went shopping and used his OWN credit card to pay for everything. On shabbos morning, he set up and made the beautiful bar mitzvah. He knocked on the doors of the rabbeim and staff leaders to come and share in the simcha of others!
He was nifter last Sunday, the day after Shabbos we read the prophecy of destruction – ‘Chazon Yeshayohu!’ this coming shabbos we read about the comfort from HASHEM – Shabbos NACHMU. We are thankful to HASHEM that He
prepared the comfort many months ago and we are able to share our simcha with others!
We would like to start some tzedoka in memory of Yeshaya Dov. If you have any suggestions (i.e. a project in sharing the simcha of others), please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. To share in this, monetarily checks can be made to: Congregation Supporters of Torah and mailed to 580 East 8th St. Brooklyn, NY 11218, USA.