Saturday, December 21, 2013


Hello Dena and kids Last month was my Wendy's third yahrzteit.. Three hard year.without her.
As I was remembering all kinds of anecdotes from our life I remembered  when we kosherd our first kitchen. Wendy and I spend weeks buying  new dishes and whatever else that had to  with eating. Lipa would ask me when he could come and kosher the kitchen and would say Wendy s still;preparing. One Sunday after Shacris in Kitslano Lipa said to me tell your rebbitzen I am coming tomorrow at 11 and koshering your kitchen.
When I told that to Wendy she smiled and said Lipa was right to make a firm time or otherwise she would be delying forever.
Lipa came koshered our kitchen and that was part ofour start as frum people. Ohad

Saturday, October 26, 2013

RE: re Rabbi Lipa



Dear  Everyone:


Rabbi Lipa Durbrawsky was one of my very, very best friends. I think he also regarded me as a very good friend. Had I known of this blog before, I would have contributed to it right after his untimely passing. I only heard of it several days ago; hence the lateness of this contribution of mine to a massive outpouring of love for Lipa.


I don’t remember exactly when I first met this intellectual, spiritual and moral giant of a man. It must have been in the early or mid 1980s. At the time, I was working as an economist at the Fraser Institute, located in Vancouver, B.C. Lipa invited me to speak at his Chabad House (I always thought of it as his Chabad House, no one else’s). Like a skunk at the garden party, a chutzpanick, I gave a lecture criticizing the Talmudic view of business ethics in general, and of Maimonides in particular. Afterward, Lipa and I got into it a bit, on these issues. We both like to argue. One of the things I most admire in him is that when he engages in debate, it is always in an attempt to get that proverbial one millionth of an inch closer to the Truth. I never saw any ego involved in his participation in our discussions. It is my fondest hope that I may emulate him in this regard. At the time of my talk at Chabad House I remember him saying something like, “Well, we won’t be able to settle these issues standing on one foot.” By which he meant that we would need more time to do so, and he suggested that we have lunch together for that purpose. We did, and continued to do so for almost a decade, pretty much every week or two or so, until I left Vancouver for a job in the U.S. in 1991. But, since my family still lived in Vancouver, and my new job was an academic posting, I was back in Vancouver for about five months a year, and Lipa and I continued our regular meetings until his all too soon passing.


One of the things that sticks out in my mind about our intellectual jousts was not the differences between our two views, mine, libertarianism, his, of course, the Talmud, but the similarities. A lot of the reliance on economic freedom, private property rights, in my tradition came from John Locke. Much of Lipa’s, on these concepts and institutions, from Maimonides, and even earlier sages. Needless to say, I had to concede to Lipa that his sources came earlier in history than mine.


Sometimes, my son Matthew joined the two of us in our intellectual battles. Although his field (computers) is very different than, and seemingly far removed from, the issues Lipa and I discussed (ethics, political economy, Talmud, libertarianism), Matthew has several times told me that the rigorous logic employed by the two of us, me and my friend Lipa, was not only enjoyable for its own sake, but also, at least indirectly, helped him in writing code for computers. I suppose this phenomenon is similar to the study of music and mathematics somehow helping with each other. Matthew was not the only family member of mine drawn into Lipa’s orbit. Our entire families became friendly with each other. Neither of us had any relatives located in Vancouver, so our two families drew closer to each other than might otherwise have been the case. I know that my children, Matthew and Hannah looked upon Lipa and Dena as a sort of uncle and aunt; and that my wife Marybeth looked upon them and their many children in an analogous way. The four of us would go to the Dubrawsky home on a Friday night two or three times a year, and their entire gang would visit us in the wilds of North Vancouver virtually every summer for a picnic. One of the high points of the latter was our annual visit to the horse stable near our home, which featured, in addition to the equines, a very fat goat, a dog that did tricks, ducks, cats; ‘twas a real menagerie.  There might have been 15 or more of us walking through the streets of Vancouver to get to that stable. I’m sure we made an interesting experience for our neighbors.


As it happens, Lipa and I were born and spent our early childhoods a few hundred yards from each other in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. One of the high points in my life was when Lipa and I met at 770 Eastern Parkway, and Lipa introduced me to Rabbi Schneerson, who gave me a one dollar bill (along with everyone else). That night I saw Lipa truly in his element. The only real “problem” I had with Lipa when we talked at the Chabad House in Vancouver, was that we were often interrupted by people asking him for his interpretation of the Talmud, wanting to talk to him, wanting to be in his presence. Lipa was regarded as a sage in the “minor leagues” of Vancouver. But the same thing occurred in the “major leagues” of Brooklyn. People were continually coming up to the two of us, well, to Lipa of course, to congratulate him, to ask him questions, to pat him on the back, to be near him. He just had that effect on people. And he did so without even writing and publishing anything (I continually pestered him to do so; I never succeeded). However, his reputation for brilliance, for kindliness, for humility, for being a lovely person, somehow percolated out into the world without any of the usual literary props on which such reputations usually rest. Even more amazing in my view, but a great testimony to the goodness of his soul.


Why did Lipa invite me to give that initial speech at the Chabad House? I miss him terribly for much more than that, much much more, but I never asked him that question, so I don’t know the answer. I can only speculate. My thought is that I was a non-practicing Jew, and this was his way of reaching out to me. There are no t’fillen mobiles in Vancouver as there are in New York City and other such places, and this was one of his ways of substituting for that lacuna. I am very grateful that he did. He opened my eyes to a world, his world, that I would not otherwise have experienced.


My own motto when faced with tragedy is to resolve to do better. To be more productive. To be more kind. To be happier. Whenever I think of Lipa, that is what motivates me. I miss him terribly. He made me a better person. He is still doing so.


Best regards,




Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics

Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business                   

Loyola University New Orleans

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“It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a ‘dismal science.’ But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.”

Murray N. Rothbard



From: Mary Beth Block []
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:34 AM
To: Walter; Matthew; Hannah;
Subject: re Rabbi Lipa


Hello family,


I thought you would all want to see this.




Sunday, October 20, 2013


Dear Dena and kids, I celebrated my fifty second birthday on Simchas Torah. t was a great celebration in the happiest Chabad house there is In kiryat Yoval in Yeruhalim. I found some time to some contemplation . I thought of my Wendy o.b.m. Mr. Levit, Moshe, and Lipa. I suddenly realized that all I do in Tishry is what Lipa taught me. I very fondly remembered you boys making me rings for my lulav. ipa showedme how  shake the lulav encouraged me to push my self to go out fr my Head and really dance on Simchas Torah.
The most important direction Lipa gave me is to find the balance between two parts of my personalty. Kindness d severity. He always to me not to bow down to enyone on Torah matters. But when it came to human relationships to kind.
I still an hear Lipa explain to me hoto assess  which way to choose.
ll the bes Ohad.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

From COLLive

Opinions and Comments
BDE - Shocked beyond words
So shocked!!!!!! Hashmer Yishmor!!
(4/7/2013 8:07:30 PM)
Sruly C

This is the saddest news, I'm Mammosh in terrible Shock, I spent a year in Vancouver and saw first hand what a caring loving father he was, and at the same time he was so Ibergegeben to his Shlichus. 
A Emise Yiras Shomayim,and he had a very special way of listening to people's problems and identifying with them, his children ( who should merit long happy years ) Should have the strength to go on and follow in his footsteps.
(4/7/2013 8:08:56 PM)
this is so sad its hard for me to believe 
im crying
(4/7/2013 8:13:37 PM)
Our hearts pour out to you and your family! May Hashem give you strength to fo through this. 

With much love from your friends and classmates
(4/7/2013 8:15:33 PM)
oh hashem what else ???
what what what?????????
(4/7/2013 8:15:38 PM)
Wow. BDE. His family & community will miss him so much. So sad. That is sooo young. oy.
(4/7/2013 8:16:16 PM)
What is going on???
hashem, how much do you want people to suffer????
(4/7/2013 8:23:24 PM)
Ad mosai?!
We need Moshiach, and we need him now!
(4/7/2013 8:29:14 PM)
HaMokom Yenachem Eschem BSoich Aveilei Tzion ViRushalayim. May Hashem give you only good things and your father will for sure be a big mailitz yoisher for you all. Especially wish comfort to R' Sender and family.
(4/7/2013 8:29:52 PM)
Can't belive it ! 
Our uncle was a true chossid , a real mensh . 
How many tzadikim have to die until moshiach ? 
Why hashem ? Why ?
(4/7/2013 8:30:18 PM)
My heart is breaking!
Hashem Yishmor!!!
(4/7/2013 8:30:46 PM)
He was just so caring 
well miss him
(4/7/2013 8:31:29 PM)
A friend
So so sad morah mushky is the sweetest girl in the world! She wa
(4/7/2013 8:33:37 PM)
I guess the good die young
(4/7/2013 8:37:33 PM)
Crying in NJ
There are no words... Boruch Dayan Haemes 
Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Bsoch Shaar aveiley Tziyon V'yerushalayim
(4/7/2013 8:37:38 PM)
Mendy, I am so sorry. 
Your pal Marvin.
(4/7/2013 8:42:49 PM)
Baruch Dayan HaEmet
He was truly an inspiration and I am honoured to have known him. He will be greatly missed by many
(4/7/2013 8:49:56 PM)
A special man, in a community that needed him so very much! Moshiach now...
(4/7/2013 8:51:17 PM)
Ad Mosay
(4/7/2013 8:55:32 PM)
This isn't normal!
On the COL homepage there are no less than FOUR deaths of prominent men in the Chabad community. What is happening?!?!
(4/7/2013 8:56:46 PM)
Ad Mosai?!
Baruch Dayan HaEmes. 

(4/7/2013 9:00:13 PM)
Simply Tragic! BD"E
(4/7/2013 9:00:38 PM)
shocked and broken
I didn't know him personally. But love his mother like an adopted bubby. She has lost a huband, daughter, son in law and now son, in what a year or two?.. 
What unbelievable suffering for the entire family! 
Hashem should give strength to all those he's testing. And should end the 'tests' once and for all! 
Moshiach now!
(4/7/2013 9:01:37 PM)
He was the Best
To know him was to love him. He was an amazing person. I knew him for almost 30 years. I will always miss talking to him. I'm so sorry for his wife and kids. Lipa I already miss you. BD"E
(4/7/2013 9:04:22 PM)
so many tragedies of so many incredible people! moshiach must come NOW
(4/7/2013 9:05:20 PM)
what is going on?
too many tragedies! 
BDE he was such a caring, devoted shliach and he will be sorely missed!
(4/7/2013 9:06:01 PM)
A loss for the whole community
Rabbi Dubrawski was a great man. The community was very blessed to have had him. So tragic, our hearts go out to his family at this very hard time.
(4/7/2013 9:06:29 PM)
Baruch Dayan Emet
What sad news. May his memory be a source of comfort and blessings to his family and the entire Vancouver community.
(4/7/2013 9:07:06 PM)
Y Cohen 
There was no one like him in the world. His pious face had traces of the Debbie's. his unbelievable heart was so warm and gentle. While in Vancouver, he was my source for advice and guidance. I will never forget his shiurim, spoken so eloquently. Such a tzaddik. He will be terribly, terribly missed. Hashem, this one is not fair! We demand Moshiach now!
(4/7/2013 9:07:32 PM)
Baruch Dayan Emes!!!
(4/7/2013 9:09:46 PM)
(4/7/2013 9:18:51 PM)
Before Kitsilano/Vancouver
Also a shliach in Caracas, Venezuela for a few years before Vancouver. Wonderful, wonderful person and chossid.
(4/7/2013 9:23:36 PM)
May hashem comfort this beautiful family!
(4/7/2013 9:26:38 PM)
Boruch Dayan Emes
He was special, his family is special. There are no words. I'm so, so, so, so sorry I read an email about it and couldn't believe what I was reading. Ad masai!
(4/7/2013 9:29:20 PM)
Im so sad... his children are the sweetest, kindest kids ive met...
(4/7/2013 9:31:19 PM)
Baruch Dayan Emet. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.
(4/7/2013 9:31:42 PM)
So so shocked. What a special person, wise and caring. a brilliant, sensitive teacher. Each one of his children is so special. May the entire family be comforted
(4/7/2013 9:31:44 PM)
I knew him as my fathers friend. 
What a terrific person :.(
(4/7/2013 9:34:24 PM)
I"m so sorry ror you(::( 
(4/7/2013 9:37:20 PM)
Let's not forget his unique sense of humor...that too was special and will bring comfort to family and friends.
(4/7/2013 9:45:57 PM)
I am shocked and saddened...
He and his lovely wife lived next to us in Caracas when they were shluchim there in the 80s. Although I havent seen him in 20 years, the impression I always retained was of a holy, lovely wonderful, kind neshama, a beautiful person. 

As #24 so well said, just to know him was to love him, how tragic, may we all take a lesson as to how to behave towards others. Beautiful aidel person, what a loss.... so sad 

I will take a hachlata right now to be warm and loving to all around me, in Reb Lipas memory, Please Lipa, go to the kisay haKavod and tell Hashem and the Rebbe enough waiting already, I know HKB"H will hear your voice.... 
redeem us now !!! 

with love to all, Eliyahu...
(4/7/2013 9:51:37 PM)
reb lipe
hamokom ienchem....very good freind 
from italy
(4/7/2013 9:52:51 PM)
my god i am in shock. all Vancouver and Richmond community will miss him
(4/7/2013 9:53:37 PM)
BD'S friend
He was in Venezuela for a year, the most gentle people on earth, a real Chosid, why Hashem, why the good ones??? my heart goes out for Dena and their kids, i'm crying can't stop
(4/7/2013 10:04:27 PM)
AD MOSAI??!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
(4/7/2013 10:06:28 PM)
Shocked in Vancouver!
A terrible loss for us all. He was truly an honorable and loving man. May his family and our community find comfort.
(4/7/2013 10:17:00 PM)
Oy Hashem?!!!
BDE!!!! I can't believe this!! 
(4/7/2013 10:17:48 PM)
its just crazy 
i cant believe it 
i give all my brochos for the strength to go further
(4/7/2013 10:19:09 PM)
that it we NEED Moshiach NOW
(4/7/2013 10:19:40 PM)
he was my chassidus mashpia in caracas.
he taught me lessons on speaking in public. וכו
(4/7/2013 10:21:47 PM)
a humble man
I just came back from saying tehilim at Chabad in Vancouver and I came home to cry.
(4/7/2013 10:54:27 PM)
I met with Rabbi Dubrawski briefly, and knew I was in the presence of a holy man. His few words of wisdom and advice have and will guide me for all my days. May his family and community be comforted. BDE.
(4/7/2013 10:56:57 PM)
How will we all continue without our Rabbi???
(4/7/2013 10:58:00 PM)
shocked and Vancouver
Rabbi Dubrawski was a great man, I am honoured to have known him for over 20 years.
(4/7/2013 11:12:31 PM)
Wow four BDE announcements on collive today. 
May all the families be comforted. 
Moshiach now!
(4/7/2013 11:15:47 PM)
I am so shocked and so sad!!!! :(((
I am so shocked! I spent 3 summers in Vancouver; I am crying for his wife, mother and children! I am so sorry that you all have to go through this! Hashem should comfort you. I have no words!
(4/7/2013 11:17:37 PM)
Baruch Dayan emet
Rabbi Dubrawsky was one of the most humble and Yashar of rabbanim that I have ever known. His family is the most beautiful. May his memory be a blessing. Baruch Dayan emet.
(4/7/2013 11:21:11 PM)
Ad mosaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii??????????????

AD MOSAI????????????????????????????????????
(4/7/2013 11:24:36 PM)
From old friends
Dena and children 
There are no words... 
Sara-Ester,George and family
(4/7/2013 11:31:36 PM)
We have lost a holy man
Rabbi Dubrawsky was an extraordinary man of great wisdom. He had a twinkle in his eye ... I just knew when I spoke to him that he was accepting and totally non judgemental. His inner peace was palatable. His neshoma shone bright. I will miss you Rabbi. I will miss being in the same room with someone that I knew was holy. BB
(4/7/2013 11:32:40 PM)
Baruch Dayan Emes
I'm sitting here totally in shock. I grew up in vancouver and was tremendously lucky to have learned with Rabbi Dubravsky. He had a huge impact on me and my friends. He was truly a diamond, a rare special neshama who touched everyone with his genuine care. I am sure there are hundreds like me out there who he changed for the better. The world has lost a great person. Olam habo has gained a tzaddik. We can only yearn to reunite with the coming of the meantime I'm crying.
(4/7/2013 11:39:19 PM)
terrible loss
i am a lubavicher Chasid today because of Rabbi D. he changed my life, i will never forget him , vancouver will never be the same without him 
i am totally in shock, i guess we will never be able to understand Hashems ways, its just impossible to understand he helped and inspired so many people in vancouver , he will be sorely missed 
ari schwartz
(4/7/2013 11:53:09 PM)
He had a הדרת פנים
He had a הדרת פנים that reflected his פנימיות 
We'll all miss you 
(4/7/2013 11:57:14 PM)
So, So Sorry to hear this sad news.....
Boruch Dayan Haemes. It is so sad to hear about the sudden passing away of Rabbi Lipa Dubrawsky in Vancouver this morning. He was a wonderful, wise, gentle and kind man. We will miss him greatly in our Vancouver community. Our hearts go out to you Dena, and your beautiful children and family at this sad time, and may Hashem bring comfort and strength to you all at this time of sorrow.....with love, from Adina and Tovia Salfinger.
(4/8/2013 12:00:22 AM)
Ad mosai 
Ad mosai ad mosai I can't bear this Galus anymore!! Everyone I'm begging for each and everyone of us to take on a small hachlata!!
(4/8/2013 12:04:45 AM)
Kindness you always treated me with kindness, and that I can never forget. I miss you already Rabbi Lipa Dubrawsky, a light in a world that can be dark, but maybe kindness is the key to light. Love you and lucky to be treated like a son by you.
(4/8/2013 12:29:36 AM)
Just terrible
(4/8/2013 12:30:15 AM)
Nothing will be the same without our most humble and knowledgeable Rabbi. 
Mochiach now
(4/8/2013 12:33:25 AM)
In shock in Vancouver. Rabbi Dubrawsky was a true chossid, wonderful teacher and true friend. We will miss him terribly. Ad mosai?
(4/8/2013 12:34:57 AM)
chof ches nissan
i wonder if this date has anything to do with this , last year as well around this time rabbi Shtroks went to gan eden. Are they demanding the cream of the crop, the best of the best up there for the final touches for the geula??/ or the other way around did these chassidim actually make up their mind that come whatmay they are going on mesiras nefesh to bring moshiach. may their mission be accomplished v'hakitzu rannu shocnei ofor.... asap
(4/8/2013 12:36:38 AM)
From Ronna and David Tobin
Such shocking news! 
The whole family must be in entire shock. 
We both cannot express words to describe who wonderful a rabbi he was. He was a caring husband to Dena, and the whole family. 
May his neshama be elevated, and may his legacy live on through his wonderful children. 
Vancouver, Richmond, and the whole world must be in total shock. 
We need Moshiah now!! 
He will be sorely missed by all who were fortunate to have known him. 
May the family be comforted..... 
Ronna and David Tobin
(4/8/2013 12:41:22 AM)
May his memory be blessed
My condolences to the Dubrawsky family. Our entire Jewish community has suffered a loss. May his memory always serve as a blessing to all who knew him.
(4/8/2013 12:52:41 AM)
BDE, Atayere yid 
I knew him from being a shliach in Yeshiva in Seattle many years ago, he was always a dugmah of a chasidisher yid, a baal sechel and a baal midos. 
Amokom yenachem
(4/8/2013 1:15:46 AM)
We are in shock and disbelief
Liza and I have been married for 20 years and were counseled by Rabbi D and Dena to get married. I had known him previously as a Rebbe in my yeshiva YCL. The world has lost a Tzadik today. He helped shape my life and was my Rebbe all these years even though we live in San Diego. He always had time to give advice. BDE. 

(4/8/2013 1:21:12 AM)
oh vei
where atre they sitting shiva
(4/8/2013 1:33:10 AM)
Terrible loss
Passed away so young, life is not fair. I guess he is with my father who just passed away 1 year ago at 62 josif Bakalinsky 
I'm crying...
(4/8/2013 1:40:18 AM)
I and my wife had the honor of attending many a Shabbat dinner in the graciousness and welcoming warmth of the 
Dubrawsky home. Lipa was a gentle soothing light, that gave radiance and wisdom to any who cared to listen. Too soon for such light to leave us.
(4/8/2013 1:52:18 AM)
Dov Vancouver
My most heartfelt condolences to Dena , and the entire family. 
(4/8/2013 2:01:06 AM)
Baruch Dayan Emes
The community will miss a real rebbe. 
I will miss my friend. 
(4/8/2013 2:14:20 AM)
Such a sudden tragic loss for our community. Sincere Condolences to Dina, all the children & grandchildren as well the rest of the family.. Such a shock, my heart breaks for everyone. may his memory be for a blessing to all who knew him.
(4/8/2013 2:25:12 AM)
Most heartfelt condolences to Meir and family. 
Abraham's Tent
(4/8/2013 2:56:34 AM)
The sudden and tragic loss of Rabbi Dubrawsky will leave a gaping hole in the fabric of the Jewish and greater community here in Vancouver and Richmond as well as all the places he graced with his wisdom and gentle countenance. Our deepest condolences to the entire family and to his congregation and to all who will miss the light and energy he brought to our community.
(4/8/2013 2:57:21 AM)
Shocked and devastated. My deepest condolences to the Dubrawsky family. 
Liron Redden
(4/8/2013 3:22:26 AM)
תהיה נשמתך צרורה בצרור החיים.
תהיה נשמתך צרורה בצרור החיים. 
צאירי בועז
(4/8/2013 3:24:24 AM)
This is very said 
Rabbi Dubrawski 
Was a special man, he had that twinkle in his eye. I feel very lucky of met him
(4/8/2013 3:27:44 AM)
Why why why whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy? 
Soo not normal! Hashem, were sick of Golus alrdy! My pillow is wet! What do You want????????????? What? 

We love you Rivky! May Hashem, the only One that can comfort, comfort you among the rest of the mourners of our Holy Nation. My her and tears are with you. i have no no words. Ad Mosai!? Until when Hashem!?
(4/8/2013 3:31:05 AM)
Ad mosai??
Subi, crying for you and with you, Hashem should give your entire family the kochos to continue and we should have the complete Geula right now and be reunited with your father. 
(4/8/2013 3:34:59 AM)
From the Ohana family
We give Condolences to the family, we hope hashem will protect the family in this time of sadness. He was a great rabbi and will be missed by the community.
(4/8/2013 4:07:05 AM)
Its impossible to describe how big of a loss this is for the entire community. There is no one like him. My family was one of the luckiest families who would get invited to rabbi's house for seder, and the light he was carrying was what attracted everyone to him. He loved his family, he loved teaching, he lived people. I feel like i lost my closest and dearest relative. Thank you for your guidance, for your inspiration, for the love you gave my family and my young children. Life will not be the same without you, but you have inspired many to carry on what you started. 
This morning i thought of you and the comment you've made to me last week about tefillin, and this morning i put it on remembering your words: " if you are strapped for time, put it on quickly, but put it on". 
Dena, thank you, thank you, thank you for being such an incredible partner to Lipa, such an amazing mother to all your children, and ..... Sorry cant see much from the tears in my eyes.... 
And for being an inspiration to many many mothers and wifes. Your family is the greatest example of what families can be like to many people and especially to my wife and me. 
Dena, he is still with us and will be with us forever. 

Dimitri, Elena, Matthew, Aliza, Daniel. 

(4/8/2013 4:28:55 AM)
a great and good light has gone out
(4/8/2013 4:30:43 AM)
From Ross Singer
Rabbi Dubrawsky was a great Talmid Chacham. I really appreciated the time he took to learn gemara with me b'chevruta. Though I had ideas unconventional in the orthodox community, he always embraced me and treated me with respect. I am very thankful for the time he shared with me.
(4/8/2013 4:41:12 AM)
Meir Mendy and family
Hamakom Yinacheim Eschem Besoich Shaar Aveilei Tzion ViYerushalayim, Vehikitzu Veranenu Shochnay Afar Vehu Besoichom. 
Our hearts are with you. 

(4/8/2013 4:44:50 AM)
Such sad news, I hope their family only hears of good news. 
He was a real mentch
(4/8/2013 5:01:09 AM)
Thursday, 8pm, Taste of kabbalah
I do not know what to say... 
Never has a Rabbi sat so close to my heart. I attended his classes on Thursdays, and would become utterly intoxicated by his torah insight. I felt and believe he knew me better than any other, with only so few words ever exchanged between ourselves. And despite all my misgivings, he trusted my word, regardless of me being homeless and a goy. Even when someone who was concerned about my well being, asked him for advice in regards to what to do with myself (this fellow told me later about this), he said to not worry about me, as I know what I am doing. 
While this may not seem like much; it is so easy to judge a fellow like me at face value, which makes his passing especially tormenting because he is the only one I have ever known to see past what seems to be obvious, and to be recognize the silver lining of my entire being. And for goodness sakes; he gave me the name which I go by today, so that I would not have to bare the burden of being named after a heretic. For this and much more, he is the Greatest Rabbi I have ever spoken to, and his passing has left me utterly devestated.
(4/8/2013 7:59:20 AM)
from emee and family
our hearts go out to dena, to his children, mother, siblings.......moshiach now!
(4/8/2013 8:14:35 AM)
Baruch Dayan Emes
I am in total shock. I just opened my computer to this news. My heart goes out to Dena and Asya, and the entire family. The Gansbourg and Dubrawsky families have been close for many years. 
(4/8/2013 8:27:17 AM)
how do we go on ?????? we need moshaich ,people help this family ,people send money to this family, without them knowing who you are. start the fund this week.
(4/8/2013 8:54:46 AM)
true role model
Why am I so affected by the recent passing of someone who I saw just a few times and maybe had a minute conversation with once? Because he had that rare quality of true refinement. He had a radiance emanating from his soul because of his deep connection to torah and all the values it stands for. These are things we all yearn for in ourselves and sense it right away in others. The world lost a role model and beloved leader. May hashem comfort the Dubrawsky families.
(4/8/2013 8:56:06 AM)
(4/8/2013 9:14:46 AM)
A tzadik
This is uncomprehensible
(4/8/2013 9:22:21 AM)
this is insane
thinking of you mushky stipetsky 
wishing your family only revealed good
(4/8/2013 9:53:32 AM)
Pireki Avos says...
...who is beloved by Hashem ? He or she who is beloved by people,,,if that is any indication, the neshama of Reb Lipa is soaring high and shines bright. 

May Hashem and the loving community who have expressed their feelings here give strength and comfort to his dear and sweet wife, and his close family, and in fact to all who feel broken today. 

May his mentchlichkeit and behaviour be a lesson to all of us as to how to behave with each other, and to leave such a loving impression on all we touch.... 

Min Hashomayim Tinachamehu...
(4/8/2013 10:01:41 AM)
A Special Person
I remember Lipa when he was a Shliach in Melbourne Australia. 
Easily one of the smartest and most talented Bochurim. 
Der Oibershter Zol Rachmonus Hoben!
(4/8/2013 10:05:33 AM)
VeKesser Shem Tov Oleh Al Gabeihen......a good name, among people of all backgrounds.....
(4/8/2013 10:11:47 AM)
Isroel & Miriam kapeluschnik, Buenos Aires
Hamakom Yinacheim Eschem Besoich Shaar Aveilei Tzion ViYerushalayim
(4/8/2013 10:52:18 AM)
my heart goes out to you. 
be strong. 
(4/8/2013 10:52:42 AM)
a very special person
touched the hearts of many and we will miss him terribly! may his family be comforted with moshiach now
(4/8/2013 10:55:19 AM)
ad mosai
Feter Lippe we miss you so so much ! 
Hashem has once again taken the best people.
(4/8/2013 11:08:45 AM)
Mikki Dorn
Baroch Dayan Ha'emet. So sorry for your loss. I am filled with pain for Dena and the children. No words can describe this.
(4/8/2013 11:18:54 AM)
Hashem Ya'azor
All he wanted was to be a true Shaliach of the Rebbe and to do Hashem's work in this tough world. He carried so many people's burdens with strength and compassion and his own with grace and dignity. His whole being was focussed on sharing Torah and guiding us to reach the heights he knew we could. He was a very rare human being and will be missed in ways we cannot fathom. I will miss you my dear dear friend - mentor and guide. May Hashem look over his beautiful family
(4/8/2013 11:37:27 AM)
Just heartrending to read this...What a loss! What a loss! Nothing makes any sense. Hashem please send Moshiach already.
(4/8/2013 11:41:43 AM)
ad mataï
our heart is broken . 
our thinks are with all of you 
Moshiach now 
family azoulay from lyon
(4/8/2013 11:44:03 AM)
Семён Кривулин.Semion Krivulin Vancouver
Это большое горе потерять такого уважаемого человека. Просто нет слов для обьяснения этой трагедии. Он всегда будет в нашей памяти человеком с ясными глазами, доброй улыбкой и открытым сердцем.
(4/8/2013 12:16:40 PM)
פעטער ליפע
זיסען פעטער איך בענקט נאך דיר אזוי פיל 
א זעלטענעם מענטש ביסטו גיווען 
from lyon
(4/8/2013 12:26:48 PM)
Sara Z, Richmond BC
Dear Dena! 
the gentleness of Rabbi that he had so generously spread on everyone that had come his way, his touching words that literally changed and still changing lives of people towards Torah values, his many years of faithful service to the community will stay with us for the rest of our lives. The pages of rabbi's book of life are too short but so inspiring – we will never forget his strength and energy for encouraging people to study Torah leading by example. Your lovely children that you raised together and your young grandchildren will always have Rabbi's features and spirituality to witness his special life. 
May HaShem give you much strength to live through these difficult times. Family and friends will always be around and ready to lean on. Moshiach just earned another reason to come early! 
Sara Zavgorodny 
(4/8/2013 12:31:27 PM)
Please collive
CAn you give his full name and fathers name so I can dedicate a shiur in his loving memory....
(4/8/2013 12:31:33 PM)
Hang in there Mendy, may you and your family, find the courage,strength and willpower to move on, despite the challenging circumstances. May you all see a happier ending to this crazy saga. 

An anguished friend
(4/8/2013 12:34:24 PM)
where will the family be sitting shiva?
(4/8/2013 12:45:42 PM)
Soul of an angel
Rabbi Dubrawsky was the kindest person I have ever met, he had a wonderful way of listening , always with a twinkle in his eyes. I will never forget when my mom passed away he came running to the cancer clinic to say the blessing, the wonderful shabos dinners at his house. My heart is crying for Dina and the whole family, I can't imagine what they are going through. It is so so sad. We will never forget Rabbi Lipa.
(4/8/2013 1:03:24 PM)
Sad to see an old friend go at such young age!!
Very sad. My condolences to the entire family. 

Didier Tenenbaum
(4/8/2013 1:08:25 PM)
He was a true true religious Jew. He was sincere and loving. So wise, kind and charismatic in a quiet way. He definitely had a twinkle in his eye and light shining from his face.
(4/8/2013 1:08:54 PM)
Mendy! I'm so sad for you and all your sibblings and extended family! I think of you and my heart sinks... 
your friend from yeshiva lubavitch in toronto last year.
(4/8/2013 1:30:51 PM)
my Rebbe
Shalom.... our rabbi....todah
(4/8/2013 1:36:12 PM)
I can not put into words how blessed I am to have known him. The world is a better place as a result of the kind of person he was. A real tazdik. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends.
(4/8/2013 2:03:51 PM)
oy yoyooyoy
ad mosai
(4/8/2013 2:16:44 PM)
Why? How? Hello??? 

Never totally shocking!!!!!!
(4/8/2013 2:24:54 PM)
tova peulah echos melef anachos
no one with any feelings can remain oblivious to all the tragedies befalling us.PLEASE EVERYONE DO ONE MORE MITZVA,AND BEG OUR TATTEH IN HIMMEL,TATTEH HELF UNZ. MIR ZENEN ALEH AZAY KLEIN OON FARLOREN.We are all lacking,but Hashem ,yo 
will not find anyone better than Am Yisroel.
(4/8/2013 2:34:58 PM)
i love him
(4/8/2013 2:36:08 PM)
shocked and devastated
loved hearing his shiurim between mincha & maariv shabbos afternoon as well as the Sunday morning class. We ate at their house last day Pesach. A true tzaddik of our generation. 
Y.Orzech & family
(4/8/2013 2:46:35 PM)
Mourning in Israel
Mourning in Israel. You will be truly missed. Deepest condolences to Dena and the family.
(4/8/2013 2:49:32 PM)
deeply saddened 
Never met a kinder, wiser, more genuine Rabbi. He conveyed a "presence" so rare to experience in others, apart from maybe a parent if we are lucky. A rare soul. A great loss.
(4/8/2013 2:59:24 PM)
Mendy, Mayer, and Sendy and the rest of the family. 
May you guys only know Smichas from now on... 
(4/8/2013 3:09:37 PM)
What a Chossid
I just met him at a wedding a few months ago. He was so friendly and kind and he connected with me instantly with such warmth, humility and knowing the right words to say. I walked away feeling that rarely have I ever met someone so wise and kind. 
Moshiach Now!
(4/8/2013 3:18:24 PM)
Que hachem envoie la consolation a sa femme et ses enfantsainsi que notre rabanite mme gurewitz 
nous avons perdu un grand tsadik 
(4/8/2013 3:22:49 PM)
Name for #116 and any tzedaka, peulos etc.
Rabbi Dubrawsky, A"H's name was HaRav Eliezer Lipman ben Harav Yeyoshua
(4/8/2013 3:51:27 PM)
To Dena and family.
I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you all. Thank you for enriching my life.
(4/8/2013 4:11:17 PM)
My first Shavuot meal was at his place. I am what I am today because of his influence in my life. I missed him always when I left Vancouver, but I always knew him as my favourite person. I think that I know G-d because I knew Rabbi Lipa. Tzaddikim are more available now after their passing than during their lifetime. Rabbi Lipa, I love you, thank you for helping me to live a Jewish life and to understand simcha and see good middot. Please continue to work with us and help us. We need you. Condolences to his wonderful family, may they all live and be well. 
YM Goldstein.
(4/8/2013 4:15:15 PM)
to Mendy
mendy, this is your friend from last year in toronto 
pls hang on strong, we will do whatever we can to help 
hamokom yenachem eschem
(4/8/2013 4:34:27 PM)
i was in tears when i heard the news but then someone mentioned: this is a complete sign for moshiach.
(4/8/2013 5:22:45 PM)
Kindest and brightest soul
Your neshama is with Hashem now. Last week you said about the light of the shabat candles and how its light is connected with g-d's light and by lighting the candles we bring a little bit of G-d's light in to our homes. You are part of that light now, and every time we light Shabat candles - you'll be with us as well. Thank you for everything. Thank you for your love, your kindness, your teachings. 
(4/8/2013 5:26:14 PM)
Feel like part of the family
It takes such a tragedy to realize that many others were touched by R. Dubrowski in as meaningful way as he touched me. My life today would be vastly different if I had not met R.D. I would like to add something to all the praises offered by the other posts. Besides his gentle soul, generosity of spirit, and vast knowledge in Judaism and Chassidus, R.D. had a keen knowledge of secular areas as well, from economics to literature to psychiatry to history to medicine. On several occasions I shared with him thoughts on secular books I had recently read and he always surprised me with the breadth and depth of his knowledge in surprising, even shocking areas. 

Several posts spoke about his keen attention to people. He had the ability to make people truly feel special. I once asked him about this: "R. Dubrowski, is this some kind of act? If so you are an incredible actor!" His response was that every person has a unique set of experiences and that he saw every interaction as a learning opportunity. 

I have tried to follow in his footsteps.
(4/8/2013 5:53:40 PM)
Deepest condolences
Rabbi Lipa- what a dear, sweet, happy and enriching human being you were; This is such a great loss. 
Dena, our deepest condolences to you and your wonderful family.Our hearts go out to you all. 
Ben and Dalia
(4/8/2013 6:18:35 PM)
Growing up around him in yeshiva etc. who would have ever imagined what this young beautiful person would accomplish in the future. 
All the posts are testimony to amazing transformation of peoples lives thru goodness kindness mentchlichkeit eidelkeit and chasidishkeit. 
What Lipa A"H has accomplished in a unassuming way with no tumult or fanfare is just remarkable! 
Why must we need to become aware of all this only now, why aren't all of these wonderful acts publicized more often for all of us to learn a lesson how one individual can attain and accomplish GEVALDIG things if it's done with honesty dedication and devotion. 
והחי יתן אל לבו 
May his family be consoled by all those neshamos he affected in a most positive way. amen
(4/8/2013 7:04:36 PM)
Manya & Shayna!!
I coulnd't stop crying.
(4/8/2013 7:22:21 PM)
What a catastrophic loss
Dear Rabbi, what a catastrophic loss for your family, community, talmidim, friends, co-workers... 
I saw you almost every morning, always greeting me with the kindest smile, warmth eminating from you... 
Your sincere concern for all those around you, words of encouragement, wisdom, hope... 
I honestly have the most hollow sick feeling of grief when thinking of how your family and students will carry on without you. You had such a deep, profound and life changing effect on everyone you interacted with... 
I will miss you and bid you well. I hope that those that called you Rebbe will find some comfort knowing that the suffering of this world is no longer a part of your peckel, and now that you are with Hashem and are reunited with your Rebbe, you will continue to work from your place to help bring about the final redemption, with the coming of Moshiach, in our time, Amen 
Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with you, Rebbetzin Dena Dubrawsky and your children and grand children at this tragic and heart wrenching time, I can not imagine your grief, our love, 
yosef vernon and family
(4/8/2013 7:46:20 PM)
Those who knew or just met this person could not help but be attracted to his soft, warm, welcoming aura infused with deep, sharp intelligence. 

Be grateful for the experience, for that which you had. 

Be grateful for that which you have. Learn from his passing as you learned from him alive. 

Live today as if it is special. None of us know how special.Make every day and experience meaningful. Take nothing for granted. .
(4/8/2013 8:29:11 PM)
moshiach now
where is the family sitting shiva? in ny or vancouver? any info?
(4/8/2013 8:47:16 PM)
Fam Schlam 
I'm so sad he and his family where our inspiration to be in the pad of Torah 
Thank Rab Dubrovski to be our guide and return in the right way we will remember you forever and we will teach to our children because you we are in Hashems pad
(4/8/2013 9:50:00 PM)
The Family is sitting Shiva in New York at Rabbi Lipa's parent's home on President St.
(4/8/2013 10:08:08 PM)
I cannot begin to understand, nor fathom the heartbreak that you must be going through. i can't even think of what to say. But I do know one thing: the girls of Bais Rivka, both from High School and seminary, are with you. You're not facing this alone. We'll be here for you, and just know, although most of us don't know your father, if he was anything like what we know you are, than he was an amazing father. 

Stay strong. I know you will; you always have. 

A Bais Rivka High School Student.
(4/8/2013 10:45:04 PM)
A terrible loss
May you rest in peace my friend.
(4/8/2013 10:46:00 PM)
Yisroel Serebrowski
BD"E as I think of my years spent in Vancouver, I think of a Rabbi who carried himself with dignity, humbly and always with a kind word and smile... His deep words penetrated, but always with love, his Ahavas Yisroel was legendary.. May his saintly neshama be a malitz yosher for his wife and children who carry the torch he so brightly lit.....
(4/8/2013 10:51:19 PM)
Is there a way to contact them in NY? Elena S. is there now.
(4/8/2013 11:17:02 PM)
story of a real ahavas yisroel yid
One time i came to Vancouver for a wedding (of B.B) i missed my flight back he hosted me in his home for 2 day and by the end, he brought me to the airport and gave me a vareme kush while saying a strong for geizunterheit like a father tells to his son traveling to yeshiva for 6 month, i was just another bochur that came for the wedding,, he didn't knew any of my family or relative, it was just pure ahavas yisroel
(4/8/2013 11:24:12 PM)
Lipa Dubrowsky was an amazing person
We lived in Vancouver when Lipa aand Deena just arrived as new shluchim. Lipa was brilliant, enthusiastic, gentle and truly humble in his service to the Creator and doing the REbbe's work. 
He "lit the candle" in the darkness of many Jewish souls and may his memory be a blessing to his wife and children and to all of us who knew him. 
Boruch Dayan Emes.
(4/8/2013 11:28:41 PM)
As Mosai???????
Hashem how long to we have to wait till 
Moshiach comes???
(4/8/2013 11:34:31 PM)
Very very sad 
This is the most horrible news in the world, whoever said this is a sign of moshiach is crazy. Enough of these painful and horrific "signs" let moshiach come already dont need the signs!
(4/8/2013 11:34:39 PM)
A Great Loss
His passing is a great loss to those who knew him and an even greater loss to those who did not. 
(4/9/2013 12:37:59 AM)
WE LOST AN AMAZING PERSON AND A WONDERFUL RABBI AND A TRUE TZADIK !!! MY HEART GOES TO HIS WIFE DINAH AND TO HIS CHILDREN AND TO THE WHOLE CHABAD FAMILY רבי דוברובסקי זכרונו לברכה היה פשוט צדיק אמיתי ובן אדם יוצא מן הכלל אני פשוט בשוק הערצתי אותו תמיד !! from Shoshana Markowitz
(4/9/2013 3:59:35 AM)
Hoishke Dubravsky (father), Zlata Geisinsky (daughter), Mendel Labkovsky (son-in-law), Lipa Dubravsky (son) all in 3 years?! Hello? RBS"O? Are YOU listening?!!!
(4/9/2013 4:37:33 AM)
Totally agree with the previous post . 
Enough is enough
(4/9/2013 10:27:53 AM)
he was the most amazing person you could ever meet, he touched the lives of SO many people. Hashem enough is enough!!!
(4/9/2013 1:10:35 PM)
Does anyone know how to contact the family? Email or phone?
(4/9/2013 2:38:16 PM)
I sat here, reading all the comments just to try to get a glimpse into ur father's life. Wow, what a special man ur father was! And I'm sure these are just a drop in the big ocean of how special ur father really was! Rivky we r here with u, stay strong, it won't be long, moshiach now! 
- a classmate
(4/9/2013 4:08:24 PM)
Shocked and Saddened
An exceptional Rabbi who exhumed warmth and understanding. My heart goes out to the entire Dubrawsky family. His memory will never fade in the hearts of those who knew him. Very saddened.
(4/9/2013 4:58:14 PM)
Kaplan MD
We share in your pain. There is nothing else to say. Hamokom Yinachem Eschem Bsoch Shaar Aveilay Tzion Vyerushalyim. 
(4/9/2013 6:04:13 PM)
Mourning In Thornhill
Meir...I have no words. Your father left behind such a great legacy, his wife, children, family, friends and community. His bright light will never go out. May Hashem comfort you and your family and know that your friends here in Thornhill are mourning with you and are here for you always. Baruch Dayan Emes. Love, Devora Lea, Ernie, Aryeh, Racheli and Sari Raphael
(4/9/2013 8:35:34 PM)
Our deepest condolences.
Vancouver is mourning the loss of a true Tzaddick. There are no words to describe how the community feels for Dena and the whole family. The most gentle soul, a beautiful neshama. 
May his memory be for a blessing.
(4/9/2013 9:13:26 PM)
to # 163 contact family
The family has asked that messages be left on the blog established in Rabbi Dubrawsky's memory.... 
Write an email to: 
to post to the blog
(4/9/2013 10:05:48 PM)
I heard their sitting shiva in ny
(4/9/2013 11:28:21 PM)
Love you all Dubrawskys! I mourn with you, and miss him so much! May he pushes up there Hashem to send Moshiach quickly! Hamakom Yenachem Etchem Bitoch Shar Avelei Tzion virushalayim! We have to continue the job , he did .
(4/10/2013 12:52:14 AM)
To the entire family
Hamokom Yenachem Eschem Bsoch Shaar Eveilay Tzion Vyerushalyim. 
The Eichenblatt families, Los Angeles and Yerushalayim
(4/10/2013 8:46:40 AM)
It's a sad day
I took torah classes with Rabbi Dubrawsky. His knowledge and wisdom were impressive. 
I will miss him greatly. 
My condolences to his wife and family. 

from Sally White 
(4/10/2013 11:42:59 AM)
mourning in Israel
I first got to know the Dubrawsky's nearly 25 years ago when they moved to Vancouver. I was a teenager then, in need of spiritual guidace. Due to the proximity of our homes, I became the children's babysitter. I was welcomed into an open, loving home where I spent many hours far after my official babysitting hours were over. This yeilded a bond and friendship that has been maintained for over two decades, despite the fact that thousands of miles separate us. Today I live in Israel with my husband and children, who have all been touched by the bond that the familes share. Our children adored Rabbi Dubrawsky, His warmth, acceptance, and ability to talk to every individual openly and genuinely made him an exceptional human being. We considered him our pesonal rabbi and are devestated by the loss. Dena, we pray that Hashem will give you and your family koach and comfort. 
With love and pain 
Tami and Shlomi Cohen 
Zofim, Israel
(4/10/2013 12:48:00 PM)
Very sad news
Rabbi Dubrawsky was a friend and a teacher! He left a forever imprint in my soul. Rest in peace dear Rabbi, ZT"L!
(4/10/2013 8:46:55 PM)
He never cowered to the macha's of Vancouver 
The rabbi was a genuine chossid . 
He will be sorely missed for his genuine love of teaching. 
My heart goes out to his wife and family. 
Life is sometimes NOT fair. 
We shed real tears for your loss. 
(4/10/2013 9:07:42 PM)
Why, why, why
I never met R' Lipa, but it tore my heart to hear about his passing and here is why: 

Very often the people we hear about, and those making the headlines (or marking sure they are in the headlines) are not the ones you want your children to emulate. 

Every once in a while we get a glimpse of purity. A person whose light and sincerity breaks through all the negative in this world, giving us faith that the generations of truly chassidishe and caring people are not a thing of the past. 

From what I have been hearing, this dear Shliach was one of them. A person who loved Torah, who cared about another yid, a person who aspired to live the truth and help others to do the same. 

Too bad we hear about him only after his passing. 

May his family and community find comfort in the fact that he is surely in gan eden now and has without a doubt helped prepare this world for the coming of Moshiach, when I will get a chance to meet him in person. 

Ovad chosid min haolam.
(4/10/2013 10:09:41 PM)
Vancouver fan
Vancouver has lost it's best Rabbi! This void cannot be filled! We are sad beyond words
(4/11/2013 12:48:34 AM)
moshiach is on his way. lets all do one more mitzvah in lipa's memory and then moshiach will be here!
(4/11/2013 8:28:35 PM)
oy!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is a tragedy beyond words!!!!!!!!!!!! such a sweet and caring man. we need moshiach!
(4/11/2013 10:07:09 PM)
shocked beyond speach
sabie & family may we see moshiach with all it's promises, may you find comfort in the beautiful families he's raised. המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים שלא תדעו עוד צער michal rosner
(4/11/2013 10:56:13 PM)
Lost a friend
Rabbi Dubrawsky was my mentor and friend. I have known him my whole life. I went to him in good times and bad for words of wisdom and inspiration. My family and I have attended Shabbat dinners at his home. My heart goes out to his family. I feel blessed to have in known him. He is missed.
(4/11/2013 11:48:46 PM)
The family has asked for us to post our memories of Rabbi Dubrawsky by email to this site:
(4/12/2013 6:39:09 AM)
(4/12/2013 9:46:16 AM)
a reflection and respect
He was indeed a Mensch! He taught me a lot about myself and about Judaism. And I loved him. He was both brotherly and fatherly to me, a friend and a guide. He was brilliant and powerful in his soul and mind, and he was so humble and so selfless and tireless in his work of devotion. I felt holiness from him, which had grown in strength every time I saw him again over the last 15 years. I am no judge, but to me he was truly a tzadik. He is certainly in the company of the Holy One. He did more than a lifetime's worth of work for an ordinary man. I am fortunate to have spent so much time with him, and I regret not having spent more. My most respectful condolences to his family.
(4/13/2013 2:43:07 AM)
May his Mitzvot & Ma'asim Tovim be our inspiration!
Dear Dena & dear family, what can one say to comfort comfort all those who were blessed to come to know Rabbi Lipa z"l. Our heart goes out to you and all Klal Yisrael who have been left with such deep sorrow. Who can measure the wisdom, knowledge, kindness that Rabbi Lipa bestowed on all who came to learn from him. He always gave completely of himself for the benefit of the 'other' and made each person feel that he was the center of his attention. May his Mitzvot and Ma'asim Tovim be our inspiration and may we continue to learn from his ways and in his merit. We are with you, 
Micha & Bracha
(4/15/2013 11:50:59 AM)
Very sad
Sorry for you loss.My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. 
Riva Bichin
(4/15/2013 5:58:12 PM)
The mold was broken, there is no other like my Rav in Vancouver who I was blessed to meet 15 years ago in the "old Chabad House" on a Wednesday night... He & Dena changed so many of our lives...A unique person, who knew what he spoke of: "words spoken from the heart penetrate the heart". And when I moved to Toronto and then NY I was able to hang on with..."we never says goodbye..." the world has lost a tzadik. His space in this world will remain empty, Hashem our hearts are broken. Have pity on us, help us in our efforts, our teshuvah.. so we may see the arrival of Moshach now.
(4/15/2013 11:39:37 PM)
In Tribute 
He came by love 
He lived in love 
He saw us from love 
He held us through love 
He taught us with love 
He called us to love 

By love, he was called from us 
In love, we mourn him 
From love, we thank him 
Through love, we honor him 
With love and to love, we open again and again, and so remember him . . . 

(4/17/2013 7:06:04 PM)
Two weeks!
The void remains. Moving forward can be perplexing. Stay focused and do more is what we have.
(4/21/2013 10:58:42 PM)
(4/26/2013 4:53:24 PM)
May Harav rabbi Lipa Dubrawsky live for ever!
May our pain, our cry and prayers bring more knowledge, understanding and wisdom; more yidishkeit . In the words of beloved rabbi Dubrawsky, "may Hashem receives His greatest desire - to dwell at home among us daily!" 
(5/9/2013 2:04:23 AM)
Four months 
We miss you Rabbi. You were an anchor in our community. Aleh b'mitzvot!
(8/6/2013 1:20:44 PM)