ZAKA Director Loses Father To Virus During Shiva For Mother, Within Shloshim For Brother

Yehuda Meshi-Zahav (L) with his father HaRav Menachem Mendel Meshi-Zahav, z'l.

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ZAKA director Yehudah Meshi-Zahav lost his father to the coronavirus over Shabbos while still sitting shiva for his mother, who also passed away of the virus, and within the shloshim (30 days) of his brother’s death after contracting the virus

HaRav Menachem Mendel Meshi-Zahav, z’l, was found in his home unconscious on Friday morning and was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away a day later on Shabbos afternoon at the age of 84.

HaRav Menachem Mendel was born in Jerusalem to his father, Rav Chaim Dovid, z’l who was known for his ability to read hands, which perhaps he learned from his father Rav Yisrael Yitzchak, z’l, a mekubal.

The niftar was known as a gaon in Torah and halacha and spent his days learning Torah for many years in various Batei Medrash, including Yeshivah Mir. He authored dozens of sefarim on Torah and halacha. One of his sefarim on the halachos of סת”ם became the foundational sefer on the topic.

The niftar, z’l, also served as the Mashgiach in Yeshivas Amshinov, where he was greatly respected. At the same time as the above accomplishments, for many years he worked as the editor of the Yiddish newspaper ‘אידישע שטראל.’

Reb Yehuda was matzdik the bitter din, writing: “We’ve been broken by blow after blow after blow – my younger brother Moshe, z’l, my mother, z’l, and now my father, z’l, – all within 30 days. Our brokenness is so vast – Who can heal us?”

“Ribbono shel Olam, I know that You’re testing us with a difficult and painful nisayon. But I promise You that שאפילו בהסתרה שבתוך הסתרה בוודאי גם שם נמצא ה’ יתברך. Because I know that a Father gives makos only out of love. I’ll continue to love You with all my heart, with all my soul and all my possessions – to travel the path of Torah and mitzvos and to vastly increase acts of chessed and rachamim – like my dear parents were mechaneich me.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. why did you need to feel the need to tweet this bad news that happened to you with the rest of the world that doenst even know you adn they dont care only your mishpacha and chavverim that know your family care no one else this is precisely the reason that you got into trouble in the first place. expressing your opinions against reb amram blau and speaking out against yersuhalmi practices. you had no business projecting your public opnion on anyone your just a hatzaolah continue to do what hashem gave you to do and keep your TRAP closed no one no one absolutley no one needs your opnion , and they dont care what you have to say your just being mechayev yourself oinshim from your aveiros of being mevazeh gedolei yisroel and yerushalmi way of life. that is why hashem has punsihed you recently

  2. @genukshoin What a horrible post. Where’s your ahavas yisroel? Where’s your compassion? He’s in mourning for his parents! Chazal say וְאַל תְּנַחֲמֶנּוּ בְּשָׁעָה שֶׁמֵּתוֹ מֻטָּל לְפָנָיו, and you did worse by denigrating a ba’al chessed of the utmost. He does chesed shel emes. What do you do for klal yisroel? What makes you a navi to know why Hashem did this to him? These are not middos befitting the children of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov…Hashem Yerachem.