YWN mourns the death of US Soldier Albert Bitton HYD – who was R”L killed in Iraq today. YWN spoke with Rabbi Matanky – who was Albert’s rabbi at Congregation K.I.N.S. of West Rogers Park, Chicago – and tells us that Albert was a Medic in the US armed forces, was Shomer Shabbos, and graduated the Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Chicago, IL) in 2005. Due to the circumstances, it will take some time until his body is flown back to the US, and the Levaya info has not yet been arranged.
Various Askonim are working feverishly to prevent any autopsy from taking place, and to expedite his Kevura.
Rabbi Matanky – who is also the Dean at the academy – says that Albert, who was studying in Public School as a youngster, had approached him for a pair of Tefillin for his Bar Mitzvah. The rabbi gave him a pair with one T’nai (condition). Albert must put on his Tefillin each day. Rabbi Matanky said, that in fact, Albert kept his promise, and put on his Tefillin each day.
Albert eventually enrolled in the Ida Crown Jewish Academy – where he remained until his graduation. “He was a true Baal Chesed, and kept a Shaychis (connection) with his teachers,” Rabbi Matanky said. “Even from Iraq, he would send emails.”
Sadly, this is the second graduate of the Ida Crown Jewish Academy who was a member of the US Armed Forces which was R”L killed in Iraq.
Yehi Zichro Boruch…..