Reb Yisroel Yakov Bright, z”l, of Brighton Beach, was niftar Tuesday in Maimonides Medical Center, one week after being struck by a car in Boro Park.
Reb Yisroel Yaakov, 81, was hit by a vehicle last week Tuesday shortly before 10 p.m., while crossing 13th Ave. at 53rd Street.
Yossi Friedman, manager of Super 13 Supermarket, located just steps from the accident scene, told Hamodia that Reb Yisroel Yaakov was “a very quiet man” who shopped in his store every week.
Reb Yisroel Yaakov would take the train from Brighton Beach to Boro Park, usually on Thursdays. He’d come into Super 13, put his bag on the side, then do his shopping. After the purchases had been made, Friedman would help the elderly man carry his shopping bags to the nearby D train.
Last week, Reb Yisroel Yaakov was in the store Tuesday and dropped off his bag, then left to take care of other errands. The accident occurred several hours later.
The next morning, when Friedman saw that Reb Yisroel Yaakov’s bag was still in the store, he realized that the man who was hit by a car the night before must have been Reb Yisroel Yaakov. Friedman looked in the bag, and saw that it contained sefarim, including a Zohar.
“I never knew anything about the man,” says Friedman. “But he must have been a hidden tzaddik.”
Updated Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 11:37 pm .