By Rav Chaim and Rebbetzin Rivka Wakslak
Last evening an extremely large levaya took place in Los Angeles, and in many ways it touched on giving our Avigail [Rechnitz] a”h the kavod acharon she so richly deserved.
This morning a large contingency of family members boarded a flight to Eretz Yisroel, accompanying her to her final resting place on Har Hamenuchos. There will be a second levaya at Shamgar, going to Har Hamenuchos, on Thursday at approximately 3:00 p.m.
We will begin sitting shivah, most likely, at the home of a mishpacha member in Rechavia for a few hours. We will then take a return flight back to Los Angeles on Thursday night and return on Friday.
Our primary place for sitting shivah, which includes Yisroel Zev and Yisroel Zev’s and Avigail’s children, Menachem, Mordy and Yali, will be at their home at 143 North Formosa Avenue in Los Angeles.
At this time we plan to return to Long Beach for one day and then return back to Los Angeles. Recognize that this is our plan at this time with possible changes based on circumstances. We are not certain which day we will be in New York. Our intention is to spare anyone thinking of paying a personal shivah visit in Los Angeles the burden and expense. Instead we ask that you use the spared energy and monies to give tzedakah or do a chessed as a zechus for our beloved Avigail a”h.
At this time we cry and mourn not for Avigai, because we truly believe in our hearts that she is in a better place al kanfei haShechinah, which she so obviously deserves. Rather, we cry for ourselves that we no longer have the zechus to have such a wonderful and precious jewel in our midst.