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Williamsburg, NY - One of the Few Last Known Hasidic Jews Saved By Shindler Passes Away

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Reb Yosel Ryba One of the Last Known Hasidic Jews Saved By Shindler Passes Away [Photo Credit: ShiaHD]Reb Yosel Ryba One of the Last Known Hasidic Jews Saved By Shindler Passes Away [Photo Credit: ShiaHD]

Williamsburg, NY - Reb Yosel Ryba, beloved Gabai of the Amshinover Beis Medrash for over fifty years passed away this past Shabbos.  Named for his father who passed away shortly before his birth, Reb Yosel was raised by his aunt and uncle in Poland.  He is one of the few last known Hasidic Jews who was saved during World War II by German businessman Oscar Schindler, who is credited with saving over one thousand Polish Jews by employing them in his factories, rescuing them from certain death.
After the war ended, Reb Yosel ran a kitchen in Czecheslovakia and with the help of his brother in law, he fed over 150,000 people.  Upon his arrival in America, Reb Yosel was settled in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, at the home of his sister and brother in law, but deep in his heart, Reb Yosel knew that Wilkes Barre was not the place to raise a strong Jewish family.  Despite the fact that he had no family in Williamsburg, Reb Yossel followed his heart and relocated there, where he found the type of community he was seeking.  He got married, had three sons and joined the Amshinover Beis Medrash, where he davened his entire life.  He forged a strong connection with the Amshinover Rebbe, among many others.
Upon the birth of his first son, Reb Yosel received a special bracha from the Satmar Rebbe, Reb Yoel Teitelbaum, Zt’l telling him that if he would collect money for Mosdos Yitav Lev in Israel, he would be blessed with good children.  Even while Reb Yoself was in business, he devoted himself to collecting tzedaka, a task he continued even in his final days when he was confined to a wheelchair.
Reb Yosel is remembered as a vibrant individual,  whose entire life revolved around helping others, no matter who they were or where they came from.  He was well known in both Williamsburg and Boro Park, particularly in the Gerrer and Amshinover communities and was beloved by all.  He sent his later years doing what he loved most:  sitting in the Beis Medrash, collecting tzedaka and helping others. 
Reb Yosel passed away on his 91st birthday, Tu B’Shvat, which was also the yahrtzeit of both his aunt and uncle who raised him, just one day after the yahrtzeit of his father in law, R’ Zangwil Lefkowitz. 

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 05:24 PM Anonymous Says:

He was a real feineh geshmake yid. I believe he was close and davened also by the Tzelemer Ruv.

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 05:22 PM gtiopl Says:

Who can forget him ! saw him in Rodney St.

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 05:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Hey, the old Weingarten from Bobov isn't alive anymore?

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 05:23 PM moshe yosef Says:

Its one hundred % true he was a very honest businessman so r his kids Shmiel Zanvil and Moshe Hashem should help them they should continue in there fathers legacy ad meah vesrim

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 05:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Wow. Such a story.

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 06:32 PM yossie Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Hey, the old Weingarten from Bobov isn't alive anymore?

you are talking about reinholds father in law he passed away over a year ago

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 06:49 PM Anonymous Says:

R' Yechiel Weingarten from Bobov is B'h alive, not Davka very healthy, he should have a Refuah Shleima, but nontheless, he's alive until 120

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 06:50 PM chusidwb Says:

Great man indeed, allways had a good vort.

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 06:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Hey, the old Weingarten from Bobov isn't alive anymore?

The old Weingarten is b"h still alive and so is his brother till 120!

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 06:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reb Yosef Was a person for the Klal not for him his son Yakov Hersh Is a Talmid Chuchem And Tzadis both of his other son are very Erlicha Chushava Yigleit, Reb Yosef is a lost for us and our childran He was Davening like an old timer. Besiroys Toves

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 07:10 PM Anonymous Says:

Thank fo such a story we don't hear them so often let's see who can give the first negative comment

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 07:31 PM egghead Says:

For years he used to go in satmar clymer with 2 tzdoko pushkes 1 for the shul and 1 for mosdos yetev lev even when he almost couldn't walk he stil made the daily rounds. What a teire yid he was we will all miss him

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 08:20 PM egghead Says:

For years he used to go in satmar clymer with 2 tzdoko pushkes 1 for the shul and 1 for mosdos yetev lev even when he almost couldn't walk he stil made the daily rounds. What a teire yid he was we will all miss him

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 09:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Hey, the old Weingarten from Bobov isn't alive anymore?

he is alive b"h
also eichnholts is alive b"h

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 09:38 PM Anonymous Says:

wonderful man..he's a relative of mine..!!!

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 09:49 PM Anonymous Says:

BDH, we should all try to follow in the footsteps of this wonderful Yid. His generation is a thing of the past. We have lost the Tam of that generation, the menchlichkiet. May Reb Yosel's memory be a source of strength and pride to his family and for all Klal Yisroel

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 10:02 PM hi there Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Thank fo such a story we don't hear them so often let's see who can give the first negative comment

when u think negative its ur attitude. you cannot accomodate everyone out there. people have all kind of thoughts they should not say out loud. you gotta know u did your best.

besides my father davens in that shul and had a lot of respect for him. i guess there was a lot to learn from him.

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 10:39 PM Anonymous Says:

A special man and yes he had special good son's as far as I know and his grand kids are also a bride to the family

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 Feb 01, 2010 at 11:25 PM yoely Says:

he used to take a tepple hook, it on his walker ,and then go for tzdaka with the tepple as a pishka

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 12:10 AM bde Says:

I know moshe, what a refined gentleman!

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 12:30 AM admirer Says:

R' Yosef was an inspiration to all who knew him. His hatzlacha and good heart was shared by his wife who was his backbone and true "Aishes Chayil". May H' grant her health and arichos yomim.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 12:42 AM yankel Says:

Yes he was a special person , and a special special heart , years ago he mad his B'H' a home for the older buchrem who didn't wanto be in the public shulls and so . He mad them welcomed in his shull there on Rodney st , not to many pepole in the old days under stood what it means to give them a place to be in proved , yes today there is a lot of people doing it , mekarev the older buchrem , yes keep up the good work , but back then a yied from WWII to understand it and to bring it out and really do it was the only one Reb Yosef , may all his good deeds walk him tru the doors of Gan Eden and may all his good memories reflect on all of us Reb yosef will miss your smile and all ill know to tell my
kids that there was a Reb Yosef , but won't Be able to show them BD"H

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 02:23 AM schwartz Says:

Bd"h what a loss for klall yisrol. reb yosel was a gem it was a pleasure to be around him always a good word for every one. And so r his children. he told me ones he is named after his father reb yosef ben reb yosef and he didn't even see a photo of him zechuso ugyn olenu

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 02:42 AM Anonymous Says:

R'yossesl z'l was a great person I knew him personal,always a good word to a fellow jew,helping others whenever he could,such deveikus by davening,devoted himself very much to the amshinover b'h, going always around with pushkas,was very close to tzalimer rav z'l to amshinover rabbi z'l and so on... His memory will always stay with us he will be missed as a picture how the previus genaration was. Only besoirois toives for all of us amen

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 07:45 AM Anonymous Says:

It sounds like he was a special man. It's also a great moment to remember the righteous Gentiles who risked their lives to save us, and remind us that it's our responsibility to do what we can for all people, both Jews and goyim, to do our best so that nobody will suffer or perish.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 07:48 AM Anonymous Says:

I never had the privilege of seeing Reb Yosel. These wonderful Chassidim are a link to a past of learning & Meseiros Nefesh for Yiddishkeit that we rarely see today. I am fascinated by this article...thank you, VIN, for posting it! May his sons take Menucha from their father's Zchusim. Baruch Dayan HaEmes.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 10:30 AM Anonymous Says:

BDE. What a gibor. I hope HKBH learns with him in Gan Eden.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 11:08 AM clymer st Says:

r'yossel brought with him the posuk ivdi es hashem besimcha a yid who was besimcha and nesamaiach es habriyois simchi bashem vegili tzadikim yehi zichroi burich

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 01:32 PM Anonymous Says:

I has the honor of knowing him and his 3 sons, all of them upright ehrliche yidden. He will surely be missed, since there is no one left from his generation to inspire us any more. BDH

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 02:13 PM Anonymous Says:

he was a real hidden tzaddik

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 02:44 PM Anonymous Says:

i loved him.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 03:58 PM Mehu Says:

There are still Shearis Hapletah Yidden left.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 06:33 PM Anonymous Says:

BDE, I hope there is an official historic record of his story so that Shindler's survivors are remembered and studied for centuries to come.

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 07:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Rabbi Yossel Ryba, Z'T'L - What a holy Tzadik. Not only did he pass away on Shabbat, but on his birthday. He was born on TuB'Shvat and passed away on TuB'Shvat. They say when someone is born and passes on his birthday (full circle); he is a Tzadik. Like Moshe Rabbeinu and Dovid HaMelech, both passed away on their birthdays. May they all be meilitzim yosher for Bnei Yisrael and may redemption come speedily!
Amen

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 Feb 02, 2010 at 07:56 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to 32. Yes, there is . Outside Williamsburg.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 01:16 AM friend Says:

R' Yosel has an older sister living in Monsey. She is devoted to mitzvos throughout her life and still volunteers with the Bikur Cholim of Rockland County. She has lots of similarities to her brother with Tzeduka and Chesed. Young and old love spending time with her, as she shares and lectures on interesting holocaust memories.

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 Feb 03, 2010 at 01:26 PM Clymer YID Says:

I New R’ YOSEF BEN YOSEF very well, I have tears in my eyes talking about him, when he came to the US he had nothing to do with SATMAR and he was looking for REAL YISHKITH and he fond it in satmar, the RABBI (R’ YOEL) told him, he told it to me many times, “VILT EAR HUBAN GITA KINDER DAN TIT FAR MANA MODSAS IN ERATZ YISRUAL” in English: if you won’t have good children then do for my MOSDAS in Israel” and he was going around every day with a PISHKA for MOSDAS YETEVE LEV, I was last night paying a SHIVA call, and his son told me that his father R’ YOSEL had a pishka at home half full and his father told him that when it will be full he would give it in to the office, this is the way he worked, when he had about 1,000 dollars at a time he send it to the office, so the PISHKA at hone is still half full only …..
I gave my donation last night for the ZACHUS of R’ YOsef ben YOSEF for the MOSAD HE was going nuch gelt, and I am sure the the BRUCH FROM THE SATMAR REBBI TO HAVE GITA KINDAR will be to all that is helping his MOSDAS.


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