Remembering David

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Mourning the Loss

I wanted to share this with you all if you don’t mind.

Today is the 8th Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his death) of my Uncle, David Rosenzweig, who was stabbed and killed down the street from where I lived in Toronto, while waiting with his son for a tow truck.

He was an amazing man in so many ways. He was kind, thoughtful, generous, and honest in business and a truly proud Jew. His parents who were Holocaust survivors always took pride in his achievements and yet he somehow always had time for them, for his kids his wife and for all of us. They would never have thought that they would lose another close relative, a son, to a hate crime after leaving the shores of Europe for Canada. His wife, Chavi,  is an amazing woman who to this day continues to deal with her loss in a super human way.

I remember his sudden and senseless death every year, especially since this private mourning also takes place during “the three weeks”, a time of collective mourning for the Jewish people.

Moses was born and died on the same Jewish day. This is indicative of his righteous character. We should not only be saddened by our loss on the date of his death but we should also be reminded to celebrate his birth and how valuable his contribution to the world was. So too, my Uncle David, was born and killed on the same Hebrew day. He was one of the righteous among us.

May his soul be elevated and may he be a pleader for good for the entire Jewish people and let us all strive never to take for granted how lucky we are to be in our land, the Land of Israel, living proudly as Jews.

Shabbat Shalom.

Just some articles and comments for those of you who aren’t familiar with his murder.

http://www.jewishtoronto.com/page.aspx?id=80675

http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/1359

http://www.jewishpress.com/printArticle.cfm?contentid=14084

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2 comments on “Remembering David

  1. mitzvah195 says:

    I would like to say to you that I have carried the example of your uncle with me since his death – I have, until recent months, woken at 5.30 in the morning in his memory, having read that he woke early in the morning. I am a convert to Judaism – since 1984. Not a particularly good Jew but totally loving towards all Jews. His death affected me profoundly and his name is known to my friends in the UK where I now reside. His life, unknown to me, affected me so much that I slept and woke with his name in my heart. Thank you for reminding me of him and I once again hope to rise early in the morning with love in my heart. Ann

    • devoramason says:

      Thank you Ann for your meaningful words. I hope you don’t mind if I quote you in the post I am writing about my uncle for his 10th Yahrtzeit. Wishing you all the best.

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