Rabbi Yosef Goldstein z”l


yosef-goldsteinIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Rabbi Yosef Goldstein z”l, a one-of-a-kind teacher and mechanech known throughout the world for his mastery of the art of storytelling. Rabbi Goldstein taught for over 50 years and possessed a broad knowledge in all areas of the Torah. He was a sought-after teacher and lecturer, travelling the world to deliver classes and workshops.

He was 85 years old at the time of his passing in Poway, California.

Rabbi Goldstein, as a pioneering Jewish storyteller, utilized radio, audiotapes and video to inspire generations with his uniquely crafted parables, stories and songs

Popularly known as “Uncle Yossi,” Rabbi Goldstein recorded 14 audiotape cassettes with more than 50 stories and songs that highlighted Yiddishe teachings within the context of entertaining and enlightening stories.

Rabbi Goldstein produced his first recording in 1972. He said that in all of his works, he aimed to instill a love for Hashem, the Torah and Klal Yisroel in the minds and hearts of children and young adults.

For more than 30 years, Rabbi Goldstein served as associate principal of the Bais Yaakov Elementary School of Boro Park, Brooklyn, and continued to be involved in Jewish outreach and education during his later years.Rabbi Goldtsein is survived by his children, R’ Aharon Goldstein of Ann Arbor, Michigan; R’ Shalom Ber Goldstein of Crown Heights; R’ Yitzchok Goldstein of Madrid, Spain; R’ Levi Goldstein of Crown Heights; R’ Mendel Goldstein of Crown Heights; Mrs. Toby Lieder of Sydney, Australia; R’ Yisroel Goldstein of Poway, California; Mrs. Leah Perl of Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Shternie Ulman of Sydney, Australia; and R’ Zalman Goldstein of Monsey, NY. He also leaves behind dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The levaya will be held tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., at Shomrei Hadas Chapels, located at 3803 14th Avenue in Boro Park, Brooklyn.

Yehi zichro boruch.

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}