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Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky
Oct 13, 2015 | 30th of Tishri, 5776 | ל׳ בתשרי תשע״ו
Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 59, of Jerusalem was killed on October 13,2015 when a terrorist rammed his car into a bus stop on Malkhei Yisrael Street in Makor Baruch, a religious neighborhood in Jerusalem, also wounding several pedestrians. The terrorist then left the vehicle and stabbed passersby.Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, a member of the Pinsk-Karlin Hassidic community in Jerusalem, was known for his profound scholarship. He was returning from morning prayers at “Beit Yisrael”, and went to the bus stop on Malkhei Yisrael Street to meet with his regular learning partner. While standing at the bus stop with the bag containing his prayer shawl and phylacteries, he was killed, struck by an axe. His study partner was seriously wounded.
Born in Jerusalem, Rabbi Krishevsky, son of Rabbi Reuven Krishevksy who was the rabbi of the Etz Chaim neighborhood.
In recent years, Krishevsky lived alone. He sat and studied all day, with his conversations all revolving around Torah. ““All he wanted to was study Torah and perform mitzvot,” one acquaintance said. Out of devotion to the fulfillment of the commandment of the “brit mila” (ritual circumcision), he would make an effort to attend many of these ceremonies – boasting that one day he attended nine. It is said that he would never pronounce a blessing without someone present to respond “amen”. Krishevsky authored a series of books dealing with the weekly Torah portion called Pninei Yishayahu (The Wisdom of Yishayahu).
He was known for his charitable work. His only son, Rabbi Schneur Zalman Krishevsky, eulogized his father:
“He was a Jew who would call widows and orphans to ask them how they were and he would help every one of them. I remember when I was a child, the poor people who no one wanted to deal with and how he would help and take care of and feed them. A Jew who really lived for the other.”
Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.
He is survived by his son, Shneur Zalman, and grandchildren.
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