With great sadness we inform you of the passing of Rabbi Mordechai Hartstein, OBM, of Boro Park, Brooklyn, who operated a clothing store on New Utrecht Avenue for many decades and was dearly loved by his loyal patrons, many of whom were members of the Crown Heights Lubavitch community who would purchase their ‘Kapotes’ from him. He was 90 years old.
Reb Mordechai, a Kohen, was born and raised in the city of Zenta, a Hungarian city which was then part of Yugoslavia (today in Serbia). He was a Talmid of the Berach Moshe, Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, OBM, who served before WWII as the Rov of Zenta, and who later became the Satmar Rebbe in Brooklyn after the passing of his uncle Reb Yoel Teitelbaum, OBM.
Reb Mordechai survived the horrors of the Holocaust, and arrived penniless – but not hopeless – on the shores of the United States as a young refugee. He married and settled in Boro Park, where he opened Hartstein clothing, and davened for many decades at the Sighet Beis Medrash.
He is survived by his wife, Shula.
The Levaya will take place today, Thursday, at 1:30 PM in front of the Siget Beis Medrash – 1511 50th Street in Boro Park, after which he will be buried in the Siget cemetery in NJ.
Boruch Dayan Ho’emes