Mourns The Passing Of Rabbi Marlow, Zt’l
of Anash worldwide, and the Crown Heights community in
particular, mourn the passing of HaRav HaGaon HaRav HaChassid Rabbi
Yehuda Kalmen Marlow, o.b.m, Mara d’Asra and member of the beis
din tzedek of Crown Heights. After 8 months of prolonged suffering,
Rabbi Marlow was struck with a heart attack Thursday night, the 20th of
Sivan, and died at the age of 68.
Marlow, who served as a rav for decades and was head of the beis
din of Crown Heights for close to 14 years, whom the Rebbe referred
to as “Abir she’be’Abirim,” passed away in the hospital
after being treated there that evening for his sickness. In the
course of his treatment, just passed midnight Thursday night, Rabbi
Marlow suffered the heart attack which took his life.
after the deceased was taken to the Shomrei HaDaas Chapel in Boro Park,
groups of students from Tomchei Tmimim 770
arrived to say Tehillim there until the funeral procession the
next morning. Relatives and close friends of Rabbi Marlow began making
preparations for the levaya.
siren in Crown Heights went off at 8:00 AM to alert the community of the
tragic circumstance. Word of Rabbi Marlow’s passing spread quickly,
for many members of Anash called their acquaintances in the sh’chuna
to inform them what was going on. The residents of Crown Heights,
who awoke that morning to the terrible news, made there way to 770 to daven
and prepare for the levaya.
Crown Heights and the surrounding Jewish communities, signs were posted
by the Vaad HaKohol of Crown Heights informing the public of the p’tira
and the time of the funeral. Also, the media broadcasted news of the
passing of the “Chief Rabbi of Chabad’s world center in New York.”
New York police department prepared by placing extra policemen on duty
to help keep order. A helicopter monitoring the scene from above and
dozens of police officers patrolled the area.
that time, members of the Rebbe MH”M’s Kollel were busy digging the
grave site near the Ohel, in the row of the Kohanim, in the old Chabad
section of the cemetery in Long Island.
10:00 AM, as the levaya left from Boro Park, the siren went off
again to alert people of the approaching levaya. All stores in
the area closed, including the stores of gentiles.
of men, women, and children gathered along Eastern Parkway in front of
Beis Chayeinu - 770. Traffic was blocked off on the nearby streets.
Reporters gathered in a special location to cover the event.
approximately 10:40 AM the funeral car approached 770, escorted by 3
police cars and a few motorcycles. As the vehicle stopped before 770,
crowds of people approached the aron to ask forgiveness, as is
New York at that time, it was very hot, and dozens of Hatzoloh
volunteers, including those from surrounding communities, stood by with
the procession started inching its way forward. The stream of people
continued at this pace for several blocks down Eastern Parkway before
the motorcade picked up speed and made its way to the cemetery.
the head of the procession were members of the beis din of Crown
Heights, Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba and Rabbi Yosef Avrohom HaLevy Heller, as
well as the heads of the Chabad institutions.
of people all crammed into the cemetery to participate in the burial. As
in Crown Heights, there was a large contingent of police there, as well
as members of Hatzoloh.
the aron was lowered into the grave site, Rabbi Shneur Zalman
Gurary, one of the elder Chabad Rabbis, and a member of the
international Agudas Chassidei Chabad, stood up and, facing the aron,
pleaded with the Rav to ascend On High and demand in the name of
the Torah for Hashem to immediately bring the final Redemption.
secretary of the beis din, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok Schapiro, also
parted with the Rav with heartfelt words, asking him in the name
of the whole community to arouse mercy from Above on the members of the
community and to bring the Geula
these prayers be heard and may we see an end to the suffering at once.