On Shabbos, Chabad emissary to France Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch, OB”M, died as a result of the injuries sustained in an anti-Semitic attack in the Ukraine six months ago.
On October 8, 2016, Rabbi Mendel Deitsch, a longtime Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in France and more recently in Israel, was brutally attacked at Zhitomir’s central train station.
Rabbi Deitsch was severely injured in the attack, and despite hospitalization and continued treatment, his condition continued to deteriorate.
Immediately following the attack, Rabbi Deitsch was hospitalized in the Ukraine. Later, he was airlifted to a hospital in Israel.
In the past month, his health deteriorated, and his life was endangered. On Friday night, with his family and friends beside him, Rabbi Deitsch passed away.
He is survived by his wife Shterna Sara (nee Kalmanson) and his children: Mrs. Menucha Fridland – Auberville, France; Rabbi Shnieur Zalman Deitsch – Minsk; Mrs. Chana Appelbaum – Migdal HaEmek, Israel; R’ Yisroel Deitsch, – Jerusalem, Israel; R’ Levi Yitzchok Deitsch – Jerusalem, Israel; Mrs. Yehudis Fradkin – Rechovot, Israel; R’ Yosef Eliyahu Deitsch – Krayot, Israel; and Shlomo Yehuda, Shmuel, Yocheved, Dovber.
He is also survived by his brothers: Rabbi Chaim Sholom Deitsch, Rabbi Shnieur Zalman Deitsch, Rabbi Moshe Deitsch.
The levaya will take place on Sunday, leaving Shamgar Funeral home in Jerusalem at 2:30 pm.
Baruch Dayan Ha’Emes
V’heikitzu v’ranenu shochnei ofor, v’hu b’sochom, miyad mamosh!