TRAGEDY: Sudden Petirah of Lakewood Yungerman R’ Yaakov Yitzchok Stern Z”L [UPDATED]

It is with much regret we inform you of the sudden Petirah of R’ Yaakov Yitzchok Stern Z”L.

At about 12:30 AM, Hatzolah rushed to Westgate, where R ‘ Yaakov Yizchok Z”L was found unresponsive outside his home. He apparently collapsed outside, and by the time he was found he was unfortunately already in Cardiac Arrest.

He leaves behind a wife and six children. He was 37.

The Levaya will be taking place at 9:00 AM this morning at the 7th Street Chapel (613 Ramsey), and Kevurah will take place at the Solomon Memorial Park in Clifton, New Jersey.

At 10:15 AM, there will be a Hesped outside the BMG Carey Street building.

Shiva information will be published when available.

Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.


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  1. Oiii vey a magaifa in our town rabboisai what are we doing about all these tzoras I’m ready to be mikabel something today with the oilom

  2. Wow I feel like Wednesday was I craze day in lkwd
    From morning to night one thing after the next
    and then this news!
    It’s really really sad

  3. The Torah Fire
    Yaackov Yitzchak was the yeshiva bochur personified , the role model the brilliant lamdan the ben torah the masmid the fire of torah.

    the childhood memories of his days as a young bochur in novaminsk will remain in the hearts and minds of his fellow classmates and underlings (as we percieved ourself in a torah way) forever may the torah and yiras shamayim and ahavas yisroel he inspired and ignited to others stand as a merit to his family and may his holy soul cry out to the one and only so tears of pain never flow again on this dry land

  4. you should definitely be mechazek yourself- but why wait for the oilam? everyone should take upon themselves sth that they need as an individual

  5. Yaakov Yitzchok wasn’t just a lamdan. His enthusiasm had the koach to be mashpia on others in a very effective way. I witnessed bochrim that were transformed by him completely. He had the knack to get them involved in a sugya and bring out theirs kochos. We lost with his untimely death a yungerman with a bright future in chinuch of young budding talmidei chachumim.

  6. To number 2. Chas veshalom to say that there is a ‘mageifa’ in our town. Chazal say clearly what constitutes as a mageifa and this does not qualify. There seems to be a need by some to over dramatize every tragedy and to scare everyone. This tragedy is enough to give everyone a wakeup call without any added commentary. May there be only simchos and yeshuos for us and all of klal yisroel and the family should have a nechama!

  7. What a beautiful neshama he was, always with a smile and a nice thing to say. Reb Yaakov Yitzchak was an אדם מושלם with good middos and yiraas sh’mayim. May we be zoche to only hear besoros tovos.

  8. Tragic news. What is the wife’s forts name? If it’s the orlansky I know, I need to inform an out of town friend that wouldn’t have heard

  9. He was a mispallel at Zichron Elazar Shul on Irene Court. This past Shabbos he davened there. Who would have dreamed that this would be his last Shabbos with us. He was very Geshmak and truly a special person and loved by all. The Rov of the Shul, Rav Shlomo Zalman Friedman, would farbreng a lot with him, and after the rov would speak, he would always have something to add to his divrei torah. He will truly be missed. May he be a meilitz yosher for everyone.

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