Hundreds Converge on East Broadway to Mourn Influential Rabbi

Posted on: November 9th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Hundreds converged on the Lower East Side yesterday morning to pay last respects to Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, a religious luminary who passed away Friday at the age of 91.

It was a sea of black hats and suits – Orthodox Jews – who assembled along East Broadway near Rutgers Street. The funeral ceremony took place outside Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem at 145 East Broadway, the century-old yeshiva for which he served as dean up until his death. Feinstein was a Torah scholar considered by many as the leading halachic (religious law) authority in the United States.

It appeared many were wearing face coverings, but still a concerning sight given the lack of social distancing.

“The world has lost a gadol baTorah [giant of Torah]. We will miss his Torah leadership, his astounding and deeply insightful wisdom, as well as his warmth and accessibility,” the Orthodox Union, a Jewish organization, said in a statement.

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