November 19, 2018

The Passing Of Leibel Fein

Baruch dayan haemet (blessed be the true judge).

Earlier this week, the death of Leonard “Leibel” Fein was announced. Much has been said about Leibel Fein, and his many accomplishments, by many who knew him, and can speak from personal experience of him. I am not one of those people. I met, heard, and briefly spoke to him only once, when he addressed those attending the “>Kavod v’Nichum was fortunate to have Leibel Fein agree to be a speaker to those involved with Chevrah Kadisha & cemetery matters. His remarks that evening were an extension growing out of what he had said in the book he had written about the loss of his daughter, “>A Blessing at the End based on those remarks, and I recommend that you read the article.

So, among all the voices that have and will elegantly mourn and praise Leibel Fein, I am able to add only a few words about a passing encounter, but one that left a mark on me and others. That speaks to the stature and the impact of the man who has died, and I feel a loss at his passing, along with all those who had so many more reasons to mourn him. May the One who comforts comfort the mourners, and may his memory be for a blessing.