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Williamsburg, NY - Trendsetting Philanthropist Chaim Lax Passes Away

Published on: November 3, 2008 10:03 PM
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Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Satmar community was sadness-stricken this evening upon the passing of leading philanthropist Mr. Chaim Lax after a long struggle with cancer.  He was 59.

A mogul in the diamond industry CEO of Dynamic Diamond Corp, Lax was equally well-known in the Jewish community and beyond as a towering baal tzedakah who disbursed millions, in New York, and Israel especially for newlyweds, over the course of lifetime.

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The Lax home kept an open door to numerous rabbis, fundraisers and others, all of whom were hosted and greeted warmly and with dignity.

Many Orthodox Jews around the world attest that Mr. Lax’s golden heart and genuine warmth won over everyone who came in contact with him.  Most notably, Lax quietly provided critical business loans, to the tune of millions, to many of his fellow Jews over the years.

Mr. Lax leaves behind his second wife (his first passed away of cancer several years ago), and several children and grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held tonight at 11:00 PM in Williamsburg.



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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:09 PM Anonymous Says:

buroch diyan emes
he is a big loss for klal yisroel

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:08 PM Yitzchok Says:

Boruch Dayan Ho'emes. He was a special person. Just look at his children.
Hamokom Yenachem Eschem B'soch avlai tziyon v;yerushalayim

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:11 PM yossiwein Says:

Buroch Dayan Huemes
איש צדיק וישר

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:13 PM Leah S. Says:

Boruch Dayan Emess

I among many many others can attest to this personal tremendous loss to us and to klal yisroel.. Reb Chaim, was a man who we knew we could turn to when in need. How many times, he helped us to cover medical expenses, household bills when we were in dire economic strife. Always with a smile ,and a brochah!

Reb Chaim.. you left behind a wonderful wife, gevaldige children, and a legacy to us all. We who have known you and had sheiches with you feel like we have been orphaned too...
Reb Chaim our tears flow endlessly we feel orphaned like many thousands of families and mosdos worldwide.

What else coudl we say - BORUCH DAYAN EMESS!!

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:15 PM Anonymous Says:

Can't believe it.
What a loss for Kllal Yisroel

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:15 PM Anonymous Says:

I heard what a bal chesad he was.
I hope his chesad will be con't by his family. he will be remember for his good . he should get us out of this gulles now!

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:15 PM Anonymous Says:

such a tiyere yid

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:16 PM a yid Says:

He was a wonderful person with a Special Golden heart he helped thousands of people around the world not looking from where or where you belong just having a warm loving heart for any jew. May he rest in piece

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:40 PM Anonymous Says:

His Chesed was gevaldig but his genuine Ahavas Yisroel, for every Yid regardless of affiliation or personal stature, was even more extraordinary. His petira is truly an "aveida sh'ein lo temiroso"
Yehei Zichroi Burich!

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:39 PM Anonymous Says:

He used to say after giving tzedukeh thank you for coming to me ,yeps this is a madraiga

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:47 PM b1 Says:

Mr. Lax was a Yid a tzadik, I had ones a very difficult time in my household financially I called Chaim, and he asked me how much you need that will calm you until you get back on your feet, I said 25,000, he said no problem come over, I met him he said whenever u feel financially stable you can give it back.. I gave it back to him 1 year later, he never asked me anything or pressured me.

He did Tzdokah with no fanfare, a real Baal Chesed, Oh Reb Chaim will miss you, I shed tears as I remember the gevaldiga favor you did for me and my family.

May you rest in peace

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Klal Yisroel lost a most precious diamond. May he be a gita bater for us.

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:55 PM Anonymous Says:

I would like to learn mishnayes l'aili nishmosoi. is the correct name Chaim ben Yehoisef?

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 10:56 PM Lebediger Says:

Chaim tried very very hard to make shulem, he always used to say it,

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 11:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Burich dayen emess! Poor wife and children (from both sides) have to go through a loss again! We can't imagine their pain. Its so sad. May we never hear of such news again.

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 11:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Boruch dayan emes

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 11:34 PM Anonymous Says:

made me from a mouse to a man when he helped me finish my first million dollar deal when chaim was still by hassenfeld

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 11:32 PM josh Says:

Boruch dayan emes !!!!!!!! may he rest in peace

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 11:45 PM B&H Photo Video Says:

אוי אוי אוי ר' חיים בד"ה
מגדולי מחזיקי התורה ועמודי החסד בדורנו
תרם רבות בעילום שם ובצניעות מופלגת
ליבו פתוח היה כאולם לכלל ולפרט והחיה נפשות רבות בצדקותיו
ידע מכאובים נוראים באחרונה
יהיה רצון שבזכות הצדקות הרבות שעשה יקוים בו הפסוק והלך לפניך צדקך.
ובודאי מעשיו הטובים יהיו לפניו למליץ טוב
ותהא נשמתו צרורה בצרור החיים

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 11:49 PM Anonymous Says:

He was a wonderful person with a Special Golden heart What a loss for Kllal Yisroel

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 11:54 PM Anonymous Says:

What an aveidooh
Vie lheie gavra deboola beareh the father of all the yesomim u helped is waiting for you

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 11:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Baruch Dayan Haemet. Klal Yisrael lost a very special person. My heart goes out to his family, may Hashem comfort them.

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 Nov 03, 2008 at 11:59 PM yakov Says:

I knew him very well i used to daven with him in shul i always saw how beggars made him crazy and he never said anything just gave more and more tzdakah may we all stop to fight and start being like a jew is supposed to be v'nishma bsiras tovos

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 04:08 AM learn mishnayos Says:

chayim ben yehosef

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 02:59 AM Anonymous Says:

Boruch Dayan Ho'emes.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 02:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Reb. Chaim was a real Kiddush Hashem, his dealings with people, his respect, His smile & chizuk that he gave to anyone & everyone,this is besides his tzeduka & chesed that he did without any publicity. May he be a meilitz yosher for his beloved son Moishy & his entire family

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 01:45 AM Anonymous Says:

just a story besides his gevaldige tzedakah, heard from someone who was with him on the bus in ukraine to the bardichever's zion, a 6 hour trip on those old bumpy roads.with those old buses. r' chaim was learning in his sefer the whole way. truly amazing! aloss to kelal yisroel.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 01:29 AM Anonymous Says:

i know this man was out of this world.
this mans office was not an office to sell stones hi office was an office to make stone he made sure that anyone thay walked into the door got what they came for. oy vay oy vay chaim chaim we tryed tryed but hashem new who to take hashem wanted such a specail man like u chaim. chaim remember us allklal yesroel we need your tiffilos chaim daven for ur family you almuna her children ur children and ur little yiengulah, hamuchom yenaichaim....
(just came home from levaya now going to monro)

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 01:16 AM Jay Says:

BDH!!
A good close friend who spent lots of time shmoozing and always with such bright smile and great attitude, helped me when i got a house and when i called to pay back he said its ok no rush..... was never too old, yoo busy or too big for anyone,
Did so much chesed and of course to mention his great family and how strong he was while his own tragedy when losing his 1st wife and then with his 2nd family and how amazingly he treated them all along,
Should he be a model to all of us and be a meilitz yoisher to his family and all of us, he sure knew what people suffer since he was involved in so much,

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 12:47 AM yossi Says:

he was out there to help everybody he was so special

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 12:35 AM gamliel Says:

he was one of the only people that gave money for every chasidus or organesation like reb arron & reb zalmon leib or belz viznits sanz etc........this is a real baal madreiga may he be a melitz yosher for everybody

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 12:31 AM JOHN MCCAIN&BARAK OBAMA Says:

Boruch Dayan Ho'emes. He was a special person. Just look at his children.
Hamokom Yenachem Eschem B'soch avlai tziyon v;yerushalayim

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 12:22 AM simcha Says:

Baruch Dayan HaEmes. may we be zoiche to be reunited with this gem, with the coming of moshiach now

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 12:11 AM Anonymous Says:

klal yisroel lost a big person today!!!!beruch deyoin h'emes!!!

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 05:44 AM Anonymous Says:

I never knew him personally, but i do know some of his children. Look at the children and see what a special person he must have been. May his precious family be comforted, and may Hashem Yisborach wipe away all of our tears, and bring Mashiach.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 07:19 AM Anonymous Says:

The heartbreaking levaya took place at the big satmar shul on Rodney St. and left to Monroe where the levaya continued.
may he be a mailitz yoisher for his broken family and friends.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 07:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Nebach on his poor almonah! she went through trauma while losing her first husband in a tragic accident at work when a pallet of apple juice fell on him.. she was only in the low 30's then, and finally she married this choshuva man and such a tragedy again! oy vey, how much can a person bear??
May the almonah and the yesomim have a real nechomoh.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 07:27 AM Anonymous Says:

BDH. I had the opportunity to visit this baal chesed almost every year on a steady basis to pick up his donation for a mosad. he always had a few nice chidishim on the parsha, always a smile, he made me feel so comfortable. yehi zichroi burich!

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 08:53 AM M.Richter Says:

Yes hasshem takes away the best.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 09:40 AM tired of the lashon hara Says:

you know how i know how great this man was?

not a SINGLE nasty comment from the yentas here!!!

he should have an aliyos neshama.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 09:51 AM Anonymous Says:

An amazing man.

BDH

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 09:59 AM Joe Says:

Never knew him but just from the comments here i get chizuk, sounds like a jew that everyone should thrive to be.
May he be a melitz yosher for all of us.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 10:11 AM Anonymous Says:

i miss him

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 11:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Boruch Dayan Emes
Chaim Ben Jehoisef rest in peace.
A true Baal Chesed, Ohev Sholom Ve'Roidef Sholom. an unshakable Emunah in Hashem & Emunas Tzaddikim. He truly felt that he was on the receiving end every time that he gave. Always mevater, never held any grudges, never complained during his terrible illnes. He is a true loss for Klal Yisroel. We need his zechusim during these uncertain times, may he be a meilitz yoisher for all of us, and plead for hashem to hasten Moshiach. Yehi Zichro Boruch. We will all miss him.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 11:26 AM Duvid Says:

What a lesson to learn
everybody has the best words to say on the niftar
טוב שם טוב משמן טוב
May we all follow his footsteps

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 11:14 AM Anonymous Says:


R. Chaim, may the zechus of all the tzedakah and simchah which you brought to so many broken hearts (without anyone knowing about it) be a "aliyah" for your "nashamah tehorah"....

BDH

And may we all be zocheh to hear ONLY "besiros tovos"

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 12:16 PM laxboy Says:

uncle chaim i will miss you badely. and will never foget what you did to me. you saved my life. can;t stop crying'
hamakom yenachem eschem!
moshe be strong we love you

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 12:12 PM Anonymous Says:

#42! you took my comment. away.
I knew and heard he was a special yid that is unusualy for nowadays. But that not ONE nasty comment was posted here!
THAT talks more than anything!
yehi zichroi boruch

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 12:21 PM YUMI WERZBEGER Says:

HE WAS GOOD MAN

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 12:39 PM Anonymous Says:

B. D. H.
when i was a bucher 20 year ago i was on a plane to belgim he was there as well the first thing he ask me if i have food because he he took along with him anoff khoser food .allways looking to do chesed.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 01:39 PM shivering Says:

Buruch dayan haemes......

i heard of him but never knew him but from the comments that i am reading it really brings chills to me. how we never know who a person really is until he nebech passes away..... he seems like a real tzadik and ish emes who we should all try to emulate..... oy rabboissai such tzurrus in klal yisroel this is really how us yidden are when even one yid we lose how it touches even the ppl that dont know the niftar... may hashem give a gantze nechumah to the almunah and yesoimim and such a tzaddik could definitely poel ois for all of us that we should never hear of tzurus and der eibershter zol shoin brengen di geilah enough is enough we cant take it no more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 02:44 PM 47 Street-nik Says:

I knew him from the diamond district. He was a very fine fellow, easy going and with a smile. I visited him twice this summer in the hospital. The situation was desperate; I felt like crying. His 2nd wife was steadily at his bedside; a true Lady.
This is truly a great loss for all who were privileged to know him. Klal Yisroel desperately needs many more like him; they are hard to find (the mold was broken long ago).
"T'hei Zichroy Boruch". A truly tragic loss for all.

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 03:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Hashem Yisborach Really lost a 5STAR GENERAL.
The way he handled "Nitzruchei Klal Yisroel" there is no duplicate.
The HAVAS YISROEL and KVOD HABRIYOS that he possessed is a REAL AVEIDA for Klal Yisroel.
Yehi Zichroi Boruch, and be a Gutter Beitar for his family left behind, and specially his ALMONO and the Small Yingele Yossele,

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 06:43 PM Williamsburg Says:

Zul er zein ah gite meilitz yoisher!

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 Nov 04, 2008 at 10:29 PM Anonymous Says:

wonderful family may they have no more tzar

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 Nov 05, 2008 at 08:06 AM Anonymous Says:

from 47th street..was a great man ran a real bizzness may all be blessed with only good in the future

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 Nov 05, 2008 at 05:38 PM 47 St. Says:

He should be a meilitz yoisher special for 47th St.

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 Nov 05, 2008 at 10:32 PM Anonymous Says:

reb chaim was a great man he gave tons of tzedaka boruch dayn emes we will surely miss him

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 Nov 05, 2008 at 10:36 PM sruli Says:

reb chaim lax will b really missed by gantz klal yisroel boruch dayn hoemes

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 Nov 06, 2008 at 12:54 AM Anonymous Says:

uncle chaim icant stop crying. it is so painful to watch your wife and kids go through this again and your sisters and brothers. the enormity of this loss is obviously seen and felt by more than just your family. your greatness shall carry through to shomayim and be a maylitz yosher for us all, cuz thats what you always did , you had ALL yiden in mind and may we see you soon with moshiach! we miss you too much!

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 Nov 06, 2008 at 12:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

I would like to learn mishnayes l'aili nishmosoi. is the correct name Chaim ben Yehoisef?

yes that is the correct name. thank you

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 Nov 06, 2008 at 09:53 AM family Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

I would like to learn mishnayes l'aili nishmosoi. is the correct name Chaim ben Yehoisef?

that's his correct name chaim ben yosef. your meshnayis should be an aliya for his neshamah.

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 Nov 09, 2008 at 01:50 AM friend Says:

יהוסף its
not יוסף

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 Nov 10, 2008 at 12:54 AM Anonymous Says:

a great loss to all his close friends

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 Nov 10, 2008 at 09:18 PM Anonymous Says:


































































LAX NIECE OH CHAIM WE MISS YOU! I TRIED SO HARD FOR YOU BUT OBVIOSLY HASHEM WANTED OTHERWISE. BDH" . WE ALL SAY WITH SUCH HEAVY PAINFUL HEARTS. AS MUCH AS I KNEW YOU I DIDNT KNOW ENOUGH. YOU WERE OUR PRINCE. THE PILLAR FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. AS MUCH AS WE APPRECIATED YOU IT STILL WOULD NEVER BE ENOUGH.YOUR MIDDOS TOVOS AND GENUINE HEART IS TRULY A LOSS. YOUR GREAT PERSONALITY IS A TREMENDOUS LOSS. WE ALL WILL TRY TO EMULATE IT . WE WILL DO FOR YOUR NESHOMAH WHAT WE CAN. YOU WILL STAY IN OUR HEART FOREVER. YITTY YOU ARE A TRUE TZADEKES. THEY DONT COME LIKE YOU ANYMORE. MAY HASHEM GIVE YOU & THE CHIDREN ALL THE KOACH TO BEAR THIS PAIN. AND TO YOU DEAR CHIDREN HOW SPECIAL YOU ARE. ( YES CHAIM NOW YOU ARE TRULY SITTING ON THE REAL DIAMOND STUDDED CHAIR WATCHING ALL YOUR FRUITS OF LABOUR. MAY YOU BE A GOOD MEILITZ YOSHER}




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