R’ Peretz Yehudah Sontag z”l


peretz-sontag2It is with great sadness that we report the passing of R’ Peretz Yehudah Sontag z”l of Monsey, NY.

Ten days ago, on March 14, Peretz went missing after having last been seen driving from his home in a black Kia Optima. Authorities pinged Peretz’s cell phone last Friday afternoon, detecting a signal from the device at a cell tower in the Stony Point area, which includes Harriman State Park. Since that time, they were unable to make any contact with the phone.

Ramapo police coordinated efforts with New York State Park Police officers, state troopers and the Stony Point Police Department as well as numerous volunteer agencies working toward Peretz’s safe return.

Friends and family members held a press conference on Wednesday, seeking input from the public. The Sontag family offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to his safe return.

Yosef Margareten, a Chaverim coordinator, said since the disappearance, some 500 people have gone “block by block, street by street” to search for Sontag and his car.

Chaveirim, Hatzolah, Shomrim and numerous other volunteers displayed remarkable care and devotion as they devoted their time and resources to find Peretz. He was discovered unresponsive this afternoon.

The 50-year-old father of seven was well known in the frum community http://matzav.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.giffor his chesed and service toward charitable causes. News of his petirah has sent shockwaves across the frum world.

All are asked to learn l’illui nishmas R’ Peretz Yehudah ben Mendel.

Umachah Hashem dimah me’al kol ponim.

Levaya details will be posted when they become available.

Update: The levaya will take place Monday, at 2:30 p.m., at Hellman Memorial Chapels, located at 15 State Street in Spring Valley, NY, followed by kevurah in Eretz Yisroel.

{Gavriel Sitrit-Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. Boruch Dayan Emes
    HaMakom Yenachem Eshem Bsoch She’ar Avelilei Tzion V’Yerushalayim Vlo Sosifu L’Daavah Oid

  2. BDE

    I cry with tears as I write this upon the loss of another yid & a father of 9 all mourning their loss:

    Why did this have to happen? why didn’t we start a zman for teshuva when he got lost & start saying tehillim for him? will this be that last tragedy to fall upon klal yisroel? how much more tzaros do we need C”V in order for us to face Hashem & admit that we all need to start doing teshuva? TEARS are rolling down my cheek as I write this.

    the situation will only get worse R”L if Haashem sees that a)bad economy b)gedolim being niftar every week R”L C)Israeli draft etc… can’t wake us up & bring us to teshuva as a nation….

    May his Neshama have an aliya & may his family be menachem among klal yisroel

  3. BD”E

    Peretz you will be missed by many of us, not only by your family and friends in Monsey but also by Klall Yisroel world wide, the Tzedokos and tremendous Chasodim you have done in this world are accompanying your Neshomah on it’s way up to Shomayim, they should be an everlasting Zechus for you and your family!

    You will be missed by all!!!


  4. BDE to the Sontag Family I am so sorry for your loss – Know that Hashem and all of Klal Yisroel stand behind you and you are not alone!

  5. We see as Jews how we all come together in time of need look at all the people who volunteered to help find him we wish the end result would have been different but all these people who volunteered their time to find one yid is a great kiddush hashem

  6. I sit here with a heavy heart for the Jewish Community lost a great man Peretz Sontag. Even Though I am not of Jewish Faith Peretz touched my life. He always prayed for everyone and wanted nothing but happiness for all who crossed his path. My deepest sympathy goes out to his family. Peretz you will be missed my friend and Thank you for touching my life.

  7. Dear safety, What does this have to do with Teshuva? Any time someone is niftar you seem to invoke the teshiva theme.

  8. Peretz, z”l you will be missed.

    The only lesson to be learned is when a person reports feeling desperation, take it seriously. Azov Ta’azov Imo still applies nowadays. If someone gives a cry out for help, he must be helped.

    Nebach! BD”E

  9. Bd”e, even if i dont know Peretz or his family, i mourn with you this tragedy. my thoughts and tefillos are with the bereaved family. May you only know simchas, mazal and brocha. May Hashem fulfil for you every good brocho coming your way.

  10. Can someone please post shiva information both in Monsey and E”Y (if there will be anyone sitting in E”Y even for a few hours)?
    May the achdus and caring of Am Yisrael in searching and davening for the niftar be an ilui neshama for him.

  11. Peretz Yehuda I’m heartbroken, your are a loss of a very special Yid, you will be missed by so many of us, not only by your family and friends in Monsey but also by Klall Yisroel world wide. You touched the lives of so many of the needy, they always knew that they had someone to turn to, the Tzedokos and tremendous Chasodim you and your wife have done in this world for Klall Yisroel will accompanying your Neshomah on it’s way up to Shomayim, they should be an everlasting Zechus for you and your family! the family should be comforted.

  12. We do not have the right to say that CH”V things will get worse. Only Hashem knows what these things have happened. Let’s pray that Hashem will end this Golus and there will be no more Tzoros. Moshiach Now!!!