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On the Bright Side
By Jessica Hanewinckel

Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz doesn’t speak so much these days, but he says a lot with the look in his eyes and the expression on his face. When the topic of how he met his wife, Dina, comes up, for example, a wide, open smile spreads across his face and his warm, brown eyes grow come alive with delight. (She was 14, and her cousin, whom she was staying with while attending high school in Brooklyn, was his best friend and neighbor; she says she knew she would marry him one day.) It’s as if he’s no longer a 41-year-old man married 17 years, but a newlywed in adoration of his bride. Dina returns his happy gaze with her own smile. “It was wooooonderful,” the rabbi says slowly of their courtship. “The best decision…” His voice trails off, but that smile returns, and he doesn’t need to say more…………

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Photos: Levik HertzelShliach Uses Precious Siddur
Photos: Levik Hertzel

Mazkir Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky has given the Rebbe’s maaneh lashon booklet to Shliach Yitzi Hurwitz who’s battling ALS.

Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, Director of Chabad of Temecula in California who is battling ALS disease, visited the Rebbe’s Ohel gravesite in Queens to pray for his and his family’s well-being on Tuesday.

He was not alone. Members of the committee coordinating his medical and financial bills flew in from the West Coast to join him: Rabbis Shmuel Fogelman, Shlomo Bistritsky, Rueven Mintz,Yossi Baitelman and Simcha Backman…….

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Friends Throw 2nd Bar Mitzvah
By COLlive reporter
Photos: Los Angeles photographer Yossi Percia

At a Bar Mitzvah at a California winery for the son of Shliach Yitzi Hurwitz, friends said they will be covering his medical bills.

Some 400 people come to the Lorimar Vineyards & Winery in the picturesque wine country of Temecula, California, for the Bar Mitzvah celebration of Eli Chaim Hurwitz last week.

Lawrence Lipton and Mark Mansfield, owners of the winery, originally set up for 150 participants. But they watched with joy as the crowd quickly swelled with guests driving in from as far as San Francisco.

It was a touching tribute to the boy’s father, Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, Director of Chabad of Temecula who was recently diagnosed with ALS, known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease which weakens physical abilities……

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Hurwitz Family Keeps Joyous

The most joyous Bar Mitzva celebration was held Wednesday for the son of Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, the California Shliach suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

By COLlive reporter
Photos by Chaim Ezagui

The theme of the evening held Wednesday night in Crown Heights was the saying of our Sages that “simcha poretz geder,” happiness and joy have the power to transcend barriers.

It wasn’t that guests of Eli Chaim Hurwitz’s Bar Mitzvah celebration needed a prerequisite for their attendance. But they all wanted to make it the most joyous and memorable event possible…….

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Your Visit Means So Much to Me

Shliach Yitzi Hurwitz, diagnosed with ALS - Lou Gherig's disease, tells how much visits from friends and family mean to him.

8th Day singer Shmuel Marcus along with Yoel Minkowicz, Zalman Marcus, Mendel Minkowicz and Nissi Lieberman visit Shliach Yitzy Hurwitz

Diagnosed with bulbar onset ALS otherwise known as Lou Gherig's disease. I am not able to speak, eat or drink. Barely able to walk with help. Left hand is useless and my right can do little. I sit most of the day in a power wheel chair which I'm grateful for. Thank GD I can see, hear, smell, taste and feel. It's just some muscles that stopped working. Most things are done for me as I am no longer able to do the do even the simplest of things on my own.

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