Petirah of Rebbetzin Chana Tabak A”H

We regret to inform you of the Petirah of Rebbetzin Chana Tabak A”H, who was Niftar in Lakewood this evening. She was approximately 80 years old.

Rebbetzin Tabak (daughter of Reb Aaron Gertzlin), originally from Monsey, was an Isha Chashuva and left behind a family of Bnei Torah.

Her husband, Reb Eliyahu Z”L, was Niftar two years ago.

Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.

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  1. Amidst his mother’s illness, as she was suffering from terminal cancer, her son, our dear friend R’ Eli Tabak, worked 18 hours a day to drive, guide and protect the Kehilla from the direct and indirect effects of Coronavirus.

    I have no words to describe how much Kochos R’ Eli put in, on thousands of matters large and small, these past 6 weeks. There is no question that his efforts have saved numerous lives and has kept us from literally breaking in the face of the vicious anti-Orthodox bias and hate loosened and awakened by Coronavirus.

    Notably R’ Eli is the driver of the PesachBox program and many other programs to make yomtov easier for thousands of our families.

    All his efforts will bring aliyah to his saintly mother a’h, a true holy Yiddishe mother who raised an incredible family of children totally devoted to the Klal and Hashem.

    When Rav Meir Schuster, the great Mekarev of the Kosel, was sitting Shiva he asked a Shayleh if he was allowed to take off time from his daily Kosel Kiruv to sit Shiva. He went to R’ Elyashev and argued vociferously that every day that he was sitting shiva at home Nefashos were being lost, people he could have saved.

    This week’s Shiva does not allow for personal visits. Yet I believe that R’ Eli has to ask the same Halacha Shayleh – is he allowed to ignore his emails and calls -when his presence and wisdom are sorely needed at this time – עת צרה היא ליעקב and the risks to us are great in ways that go far beyond the virus itself.

    May Hashem bring Nechama to the entire Tabak family, who were so beautifully shaped by their amazing mother, among all those mourning for their own losses, for Tzion and Yersuhalayim, and may He bring eternal aliyah to her saintly Neshama.

    Rabbi Aaron K.

  2. This is so sad.
    I realized she wasnt doing well when she wasnt in attendance at the Chasunah her son, the Tzaddik R’ Moshe, made a few months ago. Nebech.
    This was an Isha Chashuva Me’oid. She raised a beautiful, illustrious family. I’m privileged to have been Velvi’s classmate several yrs ago in S. Fallsburg and I got to know R’ Elimelech, as well, more recently. What R’ Eli does for the Klal, as R’ Ahron described, is mind-blowing. And for everything he does that the public knows about, theres 20 things no one knows about.

    In regular times, the Nifteres would have had a huge Kovod at her Levaya and the Shiva would’ve been jammed. But, now, she wont.

    May the massive zechusim of this amazing family cause an aliyah for the Neshama of the Nifteres.

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