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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Baruch Dayan HaEmes

Rabbi Wolf Greenblass, zt”l, of Montreal, passed away this week at the age of 94. He committed his life to educating Jewish students from nonobservant families on the beauty and intricacies of living a Torah life.

But before he established the Yeshiva, before becoming the mashpia of the Yeshiva Gedola of Montreal, before he went on to document Chabad customs in Sefer HaMinhagim, before the Rebbe called him “my kabbalist…” he was a young bochur learning in the Previous Rebbe’s yeshiva in Otwock and in Lodz.

A few years ago, through JEM’s My Encounter with the Rebbe project, we were privileged to interview Rav Greenblass, may his memory be a blessing. Part of the interview was featured in The Early Years series, in which he and his friends Rabbi Yitzchok Hendel and Rabbi Herschel Fuchs describe one of the Rebbe’s rare visits to the Yeshiva, and how he interacted with the students, and with his father-in-law, the Previous Rebbe.

Unfortunately, all three of those interviewed here have passed away in the last few years.

The My Encounter with the Rebbe project urgently requests you to please step forward and put us in touch with those who have had interactions with the Rebbe. We’d capture their priceless memories to ensure that this and future generations will be inspired by their interactions with the Rebbe. Please forward any leads to

Time is of essence…

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