A distinguished Los Angeles rabbi identified for his 1000’s of recordings on each web page of the Talmud died in a automotive crash on Staten Island Monday after getting a flat tire, police mentioned.
Rabbi David Grossman, 72, was discovered unconscious with head trauma inside his 2017 Ford on the Westshore Expressway north of Wild Ave. round four a.m., police mentioned.
His car had been stopped on the suitable shoulder, partially blocking the suitable lane as a consequence of a flat tire, when a 43-year-old lady driving a 2005 Honda struck his rear driver’s aspect, inflicting him to cross two northbound lanes and cease on the heart median, investigators mentioned.
First responders rushed him to Staten Island College Hospital, the place he was pronounced lifeless, police mentioned.
The driving force of the Honda was eliminated to Richmond County Medical Middle for non-life-threatening accidents and never charged.
Rabbi Grossman could have been on the town for a bar mitzvah, an NYPD supply informed the Every day Information.
“It’s an amazing shock and an amazing loss. He was a pioneer,” Rabbi Eli Stern, outreach director of the Los Angeles Inter-community Kollel (LINK), the place Grossman not too long ago taught courses, informed The Information.
A former scholar at Yeshiva of Staten Island, Rabbi Stern mentioned he was accustomed to the Westshore Expressway and saddened to get up to the tragic information.
“I used to pay attention myself to his tapes — 1000’s of tapes on each web page of the Talmud, each verse of the Torah,” Rabbi Stern mentioned. “He would all the time give it out free of charge. He had an amazing readability in educating, and exuded large heat and love for each scholar he ever had, each individual he encountered.”
Whereas learning in Israel as a younger man, Rabbi Grossman met his spouse, Rachel, who grew to become principal of Valley Torah Excessive College’s women division in Valley Village.
He was a founding member of the Lakewood Kollel department in Los Angeles in 1975 and helped begin Yeshiva Gedolah in La Brea in 1981.
He was main courses at LINK earlier than his dying.
“He was educating grownup instruction on Thursday night time, from 10 to 10:30, and despite the fact that he was educating all day someplace else, he all the time got here in with a smile, his deep enthusiasm and his attribute heat,” Rabbi Stern mentioned.
“He was wakeful and that woke everybody else up,” Rabbi Stern mentioned. “He did it with out asking for pay. He did it as a kindness as a result of he cherished sharing the Torah.”
Rabbi Stern mentioned a funeral was scheduled for Monday night in Lakewood, N.J., the place a few of his family stay.