BORUCH DAYAN EMES: Body of Rabbi Dovid Traube z”l Found at Greenwood Lake

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It is with great sadness that reports the petirah of Rabbi Dovid Zalman Traube z”l, a 38-year-old father of seven from Monsey, NY, whose body was found in Greenwood Lake in Orange County, NJ, a short while ago.

Rabbi Traube had gone missing after attempting to rescue his ten-year-old son who had fallen into the lake during a boating outing yesterday.

The child, who was wearing a life jacket, was brought to land, as was the rest of the family, but Rav Dovid went missing.

Hatzolah and Chaveirim joined police and fire rescue units in conducting a search.

The search was suspended last night for several hours due to inclement weather, but then resumed, with the participation of the Greenwood Lake Fire Department, Hatzolah of Kiryas Yoel, New York State Police, CommSAR and others.

The niftar was found a short while ago.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Rav Dovid served as rosh kollel of Kollel Ruach Chaim, located at Bais Medrash Elyon in Monsey.

He was a talmid of Yeshiva Tiferes Boruch of Springfield, under Rav Elya Meir Sorotzkin, and Yeshivas Brisk in Yerushalayim. He later also learned in a kollel under the auspices of Rav Shmulik Shapiro.

His father, R’ Chaim, passed away several years ago at the age of 67. R’ Chaim was born in a DP camp in Switzerland shortly after the end of World War II to his parents, Moshe Zev and Pessel Traube. Mrs. Traube came from a family of 11 children; she was the sole survivor. R’ Moshe Zev also came from a large family; only he and one brother survived the war.

Shortly after the birth of R’ Chaim, the Traubes were able to travel to the United States, where they settled in Omaha, Nebraska. Two more daughters were born there. The Traubes raised their children with a strong sense of identity regarding their European roots, primarily as close adherents of the admorim of Ger. Indeed, R’ Chaim lived his entire life as a European type Yid, although he was raised in America.

They took great pride in their newly-built family, as it was virtually all they had left after the war. They sent their children at the tender age of nine across the country to receive proper chinuch in New York. Young Chaim went to Mesivta Torah Vodaas, where his only relative, his uncle Rav Shmuel Yaakov Traube, was a rebbi for close to 50 years. When he reached bais medrash age, Chaim returned to the Midwest, where he attended a relatively new institution, Telshe Yeshiva in Chicago. After his marriage, Reb Chaim settled in Cleveland, where he raised his family.

Rav Dovid, from a young age, was recognized for his unique capabilities. He loved learning and grew in Torah, becoming a young ben Torah and then a bonafide talmid chochom.

His wife, Hadassah, is a daughter of Rav Mordechai Wolmark, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Shaarei Torah of Monsey. She is a granddaughter of noted baal tzedakah R’ Zev Wolfson zt”l.

Rav Dovid is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hadassah Traube, and their seven children. Rav Dovid also leaves behind his mother, Mrs. Bina Traube, and his siblings, Reb Sender, Reb Yisroel, Reb Yehuda, Reb Yosef Yitzchok (Itchy), Reb Ephraim, Tamar, Mrs. Tzippora Greenspoon and Mrs. Aliza Inzelbuch.

The levayah will be held at 5 p.m at Bais Medrash Elyon, located at 73 Main Street in Monsey, NY. The aron will then be flown to Eretz Yisroel for kevurah there.

Boruch Dayan Emes.

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  1. There are no words.. only tears.
    We can’t take anymore..
    I think drastic measures are needed.

    Imho.. We need to change. Not only to not speak loshon hora, and watch our tznius, etc.., that too, but I think that friends should form small intimate groups/chaburas where they are honest with each other and work on middos together, on V’ahavta L’reyacha Kamocha . Please don’t take it as a preaching of any kind. I don’t know WHY any tragedy happens, and that is not the point.. but I do know that we need to all improve ourselves in real ways. I don’t think we need organizations or to pour more money in some kind of project.. in order to see real change happen.. Friends, neighbors, 2-3-4 ppl meeting x number of times a week and sharing their struggles, working on a mussar sefer and being mechazeik each other — working on midos tovos, improving, being kind, less chutzpadik/gaivadik, less materialistic, whatever it is…better husbands, wives, people.. men as well as women can form these groups. They don’t have to take long..but it should be with people you know I think.. Anyone have any ideas? I am planning to start one step at a time on my end bli neder..

  2. I’m crying… baruch dayan haemes..
    This is terrible, a second story like this in one month, what message is Hashem trying to send us?

  3. omg!!! Hadassah…… such great people! so much chessed. Nistarim darkei hashem; a man who knew how to swim.. This is such a shock!

  4. Tunafish, Hashem is obviously trying to send a strong message. But we don’t listen to it.
    It cannot be considered a coincidence that two such similar drownings have occurred in such a short space of time!!

    We are not Neviim that we can say what Hashem’s cheshbon is. we cannot point to any one thing and say, aha, this is what we must correct lest we continue to see tragedies like these. But, this did happen right after a major, major Chillul Hashem in the Town of Ramapo. When a circuit breaker keeps tripping in a home we replace any appliance broken on that even if it may not be what is causing the trip. The Monsey Lumber Company should stop antagonizing its neighbors! Don’t build multifamily towers! Build the type of homes the neighborhood accepts.

  5. Maybe we should consider stopping to “maaser” on neighbors that are extending or fixing their house?
    Maybe we should stop bringing cell phones into Shul
    Maybe we should stop ALL talking in Shul
    Maybe we should be more careful to stop making Chilul Hashem (like double-parking, driving like a mensch, returning used merchandise for credit, not talking/texting while driving; the list is endless – everyone knows them, but only when someone else does it…)
    We have much to do – let’s not just talk – let’s just do…
    May we only hear good news from now on

    • “Maybe we should consider stopping to “maaser” on neighbors that are extending or fixing their house?”

      People should follow דינא דמלכותא and only do things properly, with proper permissions, thereby showing proper respect for their neighbors and the malchus shel chesed. In that zechus they should be protected.

  6. Yisroel Traub and family – and extended family here in Detroit are the sweetest, kindest people one can meet. I am not close with them, but their middos and smiles are obvious ad well known.
    I feel so sad for R’ Yisroel and his whole family.

  7. The almanah, Hadassah שתחיה, is also the granddaughter of HaRav Binyomin Wolmark, a תלמיד חכם of note who would wake up three hours before an early morning shacharis to chazar three blatt Gemora, Rashi, Tosefos. After putting in a day’s work, first as a Day-school Rebbe, then as a real estate investor, he would return to the Beis Medrash for night seder. His greatness did not preclude him from learning with Ba’alei Batim who were far less learned than him.
    May the entire family be comforted among all the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  8. Time for all of us to wake up I doing serious teshuva together as one loving nation together.

    Nothing just happens by coincidence. Every tragedy has a direct wake up message from Hashem.

    The choice is in our hands when the tzaros comes to a halt. How soon we wake ourselves up to reality and take Hashems wake up call for teshuva ASAP so all horrific tragedies come to a complete halt in klal Yisroel and mashiach can come.

    May it happen very soon

    May his neshama have an aliya and May his entire family have a Nechama

  9. R dovid was an extremely special man there was a grusha in Monsey who rented a house from him and he was knocking it down to build a new one but she didn’t have anywhere to go so Reb dovid let her stay there not only that he didn’t charge her rent she told me that R dovid gave her the strength to continue through all the tough times hamokom yenachem eschem

  10. R dovid was an extremely special man there was a grusha in Monsey who rented a house from him and he was knocking it down to build a new one but she didn’t have anywhere to go so Reb dovid let her stay there not only that he didn’t charge her rent she told me that R dovid gave her the strength to continue through all the tough times hamokom yenachem eschem

  11. And now another drowning in Israel!!!! BDE…And another terrible accident last night.Hashem Yerachem.
    How about STOP TALKING BY DAVENING…LEAVE YOUR PHONES OR AT LEAST SHUT THEM DURING WEEK. In my shul the talking by Davening, chazures hashatz.. leining is terrible!!!!!!!! Woman, tznius. The wigs are already reaching the floor. The materialism is above and beyond. What more do we need? Help.

  12. There needs to be more awareness of the dangers of being on waterways and lakes and what needs to be done to insure safety of all that participate. When people go with their families to water based places they should be aware in advance about the dangers of going into the water without the proper experience and equipment. People who are bringing youngsters to the water should be aware what can be done to prevent dangerous entry in water and should also have life saving equipment such as buoyant lifesaving vests with communication equipment so that they won’t be drawn under and can communicate with emergency personnel in case they get into trouble.

  13. I just thought of something, that just entered my mind, first lets see only goods on our brothers and sisters they are
    jews and g-d loves us,we are just in a long golus,but I see things that boggle my mind,girls walking alone on deserted
    streets,and carriages being pushd in the gutter without looking,babies being dumped to babysitters without any regard for the babies mental health,do we wake up and thank g-d that we can see and not snap at people even tho your right
    and how do we let people go swim in a lake which is a makom sekana how are we allowed to put our selves in a makom sekana where the malach hamaves is mekatreg we lost the personal responsibility for gifts that hashem has
    bestowed upon us,it took me lesson how to be grateful for healthy eyes tall hashem took one eye away from me I took it for granted we take for granted that we are going to get up in the morning,we are in hashems hand and we
    have to start thanking hashem for things we take for granted,we think that the tatty at will always be there,tall
    suddenly we are faced with a terrible tragedy,did we thank hashem for having a father everyday,we should not take
    things for granted,I have givin everything so my could have a normal upbringing so they shoul not have to be dumped from 9-5 I was moser nefesh that my kids should have a parent watching them,I also have a new slant
    on the shidduch crisis ,because hashem gives us a precious gifr and we leave it most of the day by a babysitter
    Then why get married and have kids only to put them In to babysitter for a full day,and I am far from rich,its hard
    work to see g-ds handiwork in every thing that happens in our life follow rabbi arush and read garden of gratitude
    and we will all be better off.lets be besimcha,and love the life that g-d has given you don’t take life for granted
    and you not allowed to put yourself in makom sekana ,we hope to be zoche to see g-d goodness and see geula
    shlemah to all our sadden hearts,

  14. Please stay calm when I make this comment. The amount of sinas chinam that was created over the vaccine issue was/is horrific. There are now thousands of kinderlach in New York who do not have a yeshiva to go to to learn Torah in a few short weeks because their parents have good reasons why they did not want to vaccinate them. Torah is compared to water.

  15. tzoorba- this is not the time to disuss this, when the family is reeling from this tragedy. But rather what we can do (teshuvah wise) to prevent another tragedy.


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