Tzaddikim, Not Forgotten

I was fascinated by the write up in Friday’s “This Day in History” (27 Kislev/Dec. 15) on Rabbi Menachem Mendel Leib Rubin, who was a Rav of Agudath Achim Anshei Libowitz in Brownsville. You provide a very valuable service by sharing information on Rabbanim who lived a half-century ago or more in communities that may not even exist anymore and are basically forgotten. If not for this article, I may not have had the opportunity to learn about him.

One point not made was that his monument states that he passed away at a young age, before the age of 40. One can imagine the contributions he would have made had he lived longer.

I’d also like to point out that the tours to kivrei tzaddikim in Washington Cemetery that are advertised in your paper are a novel idea whose time has come. Not only does it present a chance to pray at these kevarim, but also affords us an opportunity to gain an understanding of the mesirus nefesh these men and women made to live as frum Yidden in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Chaya Levy, Brooklyn