‘Here Lies A-7241’: Holocaust Survivor Has Tattoo on Matzeiva
Boro Park - Rav Shia Jacobowitz, who was niftar a week away at the age of 100, never tired of retelling stories of how hashgacha pratis allowed him to survive the Holocaust, of the prewar gedolim he knew and was close with. But he wanted to share that inspiration after his passing as well.
On his matzeiva, the nusach unveiled on Wednesday, reads, “Here lies a brand saved from the fire, Number A-7241, Yehoshua Dov ben hachassid hakadosh R’ Yaakov Hy”d Jacobowitz.”
Having a memory of the greatest tragedy to befall Klal Yisroel since the Churban is not common but has been done before. Rabbi Paysach Krohn writes in his book of a survivor who asked to be buried in his striped camp uniform.
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