On October 8, 2016 Chabad rabbi Mendel Deitsch Mendel Deitschwas severely beaten and robbed in a train station in Zhitomir, Ukraine.  JTA reports that he has died of his injuries after 6 months in a coma.

He leaves behind his wife, Shterna Sara, their 11 children, and three brothers.  Baruch Dyan HaEmet.  May his loved ones find strength in this difficult time.

Rabbi Mendel Deitsch was 64. He died in Israel where he was airlifted and treated following the attack days after Rosh Hashanah, which he spent in the Ukrainian town of Haditch, the  resting place of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad-Lubavitch. He was robbed of his cell phone and money and beaten at the train station, and was not discovered until hours later, suffering from  multiple head injuries and brain trauma.

Two men and two women were arrested for the assault two weeks later.

Deitsch was a longtime Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in France and later served in Israel.

He had been in a coma since the attack at Tel Hashomer hospital in Ramat Gan, Israel, and never regained consciousness, according to Chabad.org.

He is survived by his wife and 11 children, and three brothers.

This was a horrible and senseless crime.  A life was taken, and many others have been immeasurably changed, for some cash and a cell phone.

Though there was no indication that anti-Semitism was a motivation in the attack, and some news reports state it was not, Chabad has chosen to make the accusation.  It serves nothing, certainly not the memory of Mendel Deitsch, to distort the truth and create an anti-Semitic narrative if none existed.

But both Chabad.org and Lubavitch.com  label the crime as “anti-Semitic.”


Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch, who served as a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in France and Israel, passed away on April 15, during Shabbat in Jerusalem, as the result of injuries sustained last October in an anti-Semitic attack in Ukraine. He was 64 years old.


by Staff Writer – Jerusalem, IL

April 16, 2017

We mourn the passing of Chabad emissary Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch, who passed away Saturday in Jerusalem after sustaining severe injuries in an anti-semitic attack last October.

Chabad is often quick to make accusations of anti-Semitism in cases where the motive for a crime, or the cause of a civil conflict involving Chabad, is not anti-Semitic.  In this case the accusation comes from two official Chabad news outlets.  But Chabad explicitly contradicts itself in this October 19, 2016 report by the Times of Israel which quotes the Chabad rabbi in Zhitomir, Ukraine as saying the attack was not motivated by anti-Semitism.

Rabbi Shlomo Wilhelm, director of Chabad-Lubavitch in Zhytomyr, said Deitsch most likely was a victim of a criminal assault and not an anti-Semitic one.

“It should be noted that this is an unusual case that does not in any way reflect on the community in Ukraine,” Wilhelm told Chabad.

Last month in Ukraine, approximately 25,000 Jewish pilgrims from Israel, the United States and Europe converged on the town of Uman for the yearly pilgrimage ahead of the Jewish New Year festival Rosh Hashanah.

They congregate there for the holiday because it is the final resting place of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, the 18th century founder of the group.

The pilgrimage has generated friction between the predominantly Israeli arrivals and locals, many of whom resent the police cordoning off neighborhoods for the pilgrims.

COLlive is also reporting the attack against the Chabad rabbi as “anti-Semitic.”

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch, who served as a Chabad Shliach in France and Israel, passed away on Shabbos as a result of the injuries sustained in an anti-Semitic attack in Ukraine.

Comments there called for avenging blood, eternal strife and torture, and of course, Moshiach.

  • May Hashem avenge his blood.
  • We need & want Moshiach NOW!
  • The thugs involved in this travesty will face eternal strife and torture !!!

One unhinged commenter took the anti-Semitism accusation to a higher level calling it a “murder in a modern day pogrom.”


Call it what it is

It’s murder in a modern day pogrom. Hashem Yikum Damman

(4/15/2017 10:13:26 PM)