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Boruch Dayan Hoemes: Rabbi Danny Moscowitz, OBM

With great sadness and shock we inform you of the untimely passing of Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, OBM, head Shliach to the state of Illinois and board member of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch. He was 59 years old.

Rabbi Moscowitz went in to the hospital for routine procedure this morning and suddenly passed away.

Under Rabbi Moscowitz’s leadership, which began in 1977, Chabad of Illinois established some 37 new institutions around the state, holding large-scale and memorable events on Jewish holidays and throughout the year.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Rochel, and nine children: Shterna Newman (Crown Heights), Rabbi Meir Shimon Moscowitz (Northbrook, IL), Rabbi Yosef Shmuel Moscowitz (Bucktown, IL), Rabbi Yehoshu Zelik Moscowitz (Northbrook, IL), Chana (Illinois), Rivka Sternberg (Montreal, Canada), Chava Kagen (Chicago, IL), Rabbi Leibel Moscowitz (Chicago, IL) and Chaya Mushka Hecht (Brooklyn, NY).

He is also survived by his parents Efraim and Tzivia Moscowitz, as well as his siblings.

The Levaya will take place Wednesday morning, 11:00 am, at Congregation Bnei Reuven, 6350 N. Whipple, Chicago, IL.

Memories and condolences can be sent to

Boruch Dayan Hoemes


  • 2. Ex Chicagoan wrote:

    I’m so shocked! So many fond memories of Rabbi Moscowitz. A real chossid, dynamic farbrenger and charismatic leader. Such a shocking loss. He’s so missed. Chabad lost a real general. Rabbi Moscowitz: Demand Moshiach to free us from Golus.

  • 4. BD"E wrote:


    What is going on here???

    I feel so bad for the family. May HaShem comfort them among the mourners of Tzion and Yerusholayim.

    We need Moshiach NOW!!!

  • 6. menndy wrote:

    very saddened pure steadfast shliach of Rebbe for years made chicago and world a holy place,,nechoma for the entire family…Bde crying now

  • 7. in chicago wrote:

    We are so bereft by such a loss. My heart is in so much pain for his wife, children and PARENTS. Bring Moshiach NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 11. Formerly from Chicago wrote:

    We always found Rabbi Moskowitz to embody a true shliach of the Rebbe in every way. He committed 110% of his life and energy to bringing people closer to Yiddishkeit, to growing new communities and institutions and to inspiring those around him with a charisma of leadership oriented to the proper direction. Everyone in Chicago will be affected by this loss…oy, Aibeshter! Ad mosai.

  • 12. Oh my can't believe this wrote:

    BDE so sad he is my friend’s principal’s husband….Hashem please help!!!!

  • 13. Milhouse wrote:

    Boruch Dayan Ho’emes. This is such shocking news, so unexpected. May he be a good advocate for all of us before the Kisei Hakovod. Vehachai yiten el libo.

  • 14. Ad Mosia? wrote:

    Now, everyone is crying out Ad Mosai?

    One of the 13 Ani Maamin’s, is about awaiting Moshiach’s imminent arrival, each and every day.

    The Rambam goes even further, that anyone who (is not even lacking at all, whatsoever, in Emuna in Moshiach but is merely lacking in, that he) doesn’t Await Moshiach eagerly every day is a K—-.

    Whenever tragedy strikes, it’s natural for everyone to cry out Ad Mosai, and We Need Moshiach Now.

    Unfortunately, some people only do that at such times, and otherwise the subject is not on the table and is “off limits”, of even being spoken about, nor even thought about.

    Vehachay Yiten El Liboy, means that after a Tragedy, we all need to “Learn Something”, that perhaps we should be more Pro Active, and ask for Moshiach daily, rather than only reactive, only when Tragedy Strikes, so there will be no need for any more Tragedy’s.

  • 15. Shlome Seldowitz wrote:

    I have a fond and dear memory of Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz.

    It was around 1978. I was a fresh baal-teshuva. I met Chabad in Miami Beach, but became frumer in Chicago. Rabbi Moscowitz lent me tefillin, and added the words, “You should try to put them on every day, except Shabbos. I did.

    I was in a terrible car accident that month, and Rabbi Moscowitz visited me in the hospital, bring me a felafel. When I innocently asked him if there was something that a sick person should recite in prayers, he exclaimed loudly, “Oy, I didn’t call the Rebbe!”

    Later, I became very far-frumt :), married, and grew a family of my own. My daughter spend a year in Chicago, and befriended Rabbi Moscowitz’s daughter. When she visited Crown Heights, his daughter was our Shabbos guest. How the tables turn.

    Rabbi Moscowitz will be solely missed, not only be his family, but also by the many people whose lives were touched by his sweetness and warmth.


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