The Most Tragic Tale of the Hour – Rabbi Eckstein’ Sad Demise

Life is all about uncertainty and we do not possess the faintest idea about what is next for us. Human existence in this earth can be compared with a “gift voucher” and we are blessed to have it; and this coupon comes with some expiry date as well, which is different for different people living here. Sadly it was time for Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein to leave us all with a burned heart.

His achievements

Yechiel Eckstein was the founder of International Fellowship of Christian and Jews (IFCJ). And according to the IFCJ reviews, he founded IFCJ in 1983 and raised a sum more than $1.6 billion to help few hundreds and thousands of the unfortunates in Israel like the many holocaust survivors, the low income Israeli minorities , etc.

At the last day

Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

Many eminent dignitaries attended the funeral of late Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who passed away at an age of 67 on the night of 7th February, 2019. Hundreds of devotees gathered at the funeral that held at Beit Shemesh’s Eretz HaChaim Cemetery for the Rabbi, on 8th , including the Ambassador of the United States David Friedman, the eminent former mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat, with Rabbi Berel Lazar, who is the head of the Chabad in Russia along with country’s chief rabbis.

At the funeral it was Lazar who gave the first eulogy, who spoke about how Yechiel dedicated his life serving the poor and helping the needy. Apart from Lazar, Eckstein’s brother, Beryl gave the eulogy at his funeral service and Yechiel’s daughter Yael also spoke kind words about her father’s (Yechiel) angelic deeds and his lifelong dedications to the Jews of the world. The kind words from Yael created an emotional aura at the site burdening the souls of the participants.