Levaya of Professor Liviu Librescu A”H


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The Levaya of Professor Liviu Librescu A”H took place on Wednesday afternoon, at Shomrei Hachomos Chapels in Brooklyn a few moments after Mrs. Librescu arrived from Eretz Yisroel. She arrived in a vehicle from the Israeli Embassy, and was quickly ushered inside the Chapels.

In attendance was NYC Councilman Simcha Felder, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and representatives of the Mayor’s office. NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind delivered a very moving Hesped to the crowd. Rabbi Edgar Gluck then thanked all the public officials who worked together to speed the Levaya process, and recited Keil Maley. The crowd was then Melava the Niftar a bit, Kaddish was recited by an attendee, and they left for Kennedy airport.

May we never hear of such Tzaros again, and may we all use our energy which was used to expedite this Levaya – for happier occasions.


  1. Quite a kiddush hashem to hear about the levaya hourly on 880 and 1010.
    Mrs. Librescu was so appreciated and touched by the people who came to bid her husband farewell.

  2. Thank you.

    By the way, the person who recited Kaddish was Rav Yechiel Kaufman of Boro Park’s Sfardishe Shul anf head of The Boro Park Jewish Community Council.

  3. where and when is the leveya here in Israel today? Also are you sure they made keil moleh it was Rosh Chodesh and the minhag us you dont make on rosh chodesh or during the month of Nissan

  4. I was surprised at the Levaya that Rabbi Gluck made the Keil Moleh. It is generally not said on Rosh Chodesh.

    There should have been a larger turnout at the Levaya for this person who was mekadesh shaim shomayim b’rabim.

  5. I was suprised too about the seemingly low turn out. I hope that doesn’t happen in Eretz Yisroel. This Kiddush Hashem made me think of the following:

    What’s the difference between an Jewish hero and l’h an Arab hero ?

    A Jewish hero gives his life so that other’s may live.

    An Arab hero (shahid) gives his life so that other’s may die.

    That’s why it’s important to be Machshiv this Yid regardless of his level of Yiddishkiet.

  6. benuri:
    Kel Molei is said on Yom Tov ONLY when it’s Yizkor.
    Otherwise, the rest of the oylom here is right – it shouldn’t be said during Nissan and/or Rosh Chodesh.
    In a certain shul where I daven, there’s a long “lineup” before the gabbai on the day of leining immediately preceding R”Ch Nissan – in order to say all the Moleis for that month.

    I guess they had a special psak for this niftar.

  7. As much as this was an important event, and many people did outstanding acts of Chesed to be sure that there was a proper and quick return of the body, I still see all these pics/video and wonder what the need was for all the Politicians? The Levaya was a Political circus.

    Everyone was jockeying to be standing with the Widow as if they have known her for years.

    I know people will comment how I should be more postive and say good things about the processs that was gone through to pull all this off appropriatly, but in my eyes it was marred by the politicos making it more about them, then about the Prof. zt’l and the massacre in VA.

    HaMakom Yinachem…..