It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing of R’ Moshe Orlansky z”l of Far Rockaway. He was 64 years old.
R’ Moshe lived on Cornaga Avenue and was a member of the kehillah at Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv, first under Rav Shlomo Freifeld zt”l and later under Rav Naftali Jaeger shlit”a.
R’ Moshe was the proprietor of the Donut Delite company, which experienced great success for many years but also face challenges that R’ Moshe handled with great bitachon and faith. 27 years ago, hooligans threw a Molotov cocktail down a vent shaft into his bakery on New Haven Avenue and later burned the business down, at which time R’ Moshe moved Donut Delite to Cedarhurst.
Donut Delite returned to Far Rockaway 16 years ago, settling in a warehouse on Redfern Avenue, with R’ Moshe supplying doughnuts and muffins to food distributors, producing 2,500 such delicacies a day.
Hurricane Sandy did great damage to the business, but R’ Moshe tried to bounce back, moving the business to Inwood.
R’ Moshe was a baal yissurim, who endured great health challenges, including diabetic ulcers, kidney failure, and cardiac arrest. R’ Moshe was actually saved by Hatzolah when most would have left him for dead, as devoted paramedics didn’t give up, even after four defibrillations proved futile.
R’ Moshe subsequently sold his business to an investor from Baltimore.
R’ Moshe showed great fortitude despite his difficulties, and he served as an example for others to emulate in this regard. His heart of gold and warm and endearing personality brought joy and happiness to everyone fortunate enough to be in contact with him.
R’ Moshe was the consummate baal chesed, using his business and anything he owned to help others. His passing leaves a void in the lives of his many friends and acquaintances.
R’ Moshe is survived by his wife, Shoshana, and their ten children.
Yehi zichro boruch.