BDE: Reb Yechezkel Paneth, z”l
By: YS Gold
We are deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Reb Yeshaya Yechezkel Paneth, a major philanthropist and masmid b’Torah. He was 75 years of age, and led a life filled with avodas Hashem and chessed and kindness to others.
The niftar was the son of, ybl”ch, Reb Shmuel Eliezer Paneth, from whom he learned the value of giving to others—a quality that he would carry with him for his entire life.
As a bachur he learned in Telz in Cleveland, absorbing a lifelong love for Torah which he would make his primary pursuit.
The niftar went through many yisurim in his life—and he accepted all of them with extraordinary love and joy, continuing in his avodas Hashem of learning and davening in spite of all his challenges. Sadly, he lost his son Yanky in the year 2000. But he was always filled with thanks to Hashem.
His tzedakah giving was extraordinary. Millions of dollars went through his hands to myriads of causes, and he had a special connection with the Skulener Rebbe and his mosdos chessed l’Avrohom, supporting it handily.
Later in life, he dedicated himself to the study of kabboloh, and would deliver shiurim on chumash through the prism of kabboloh. He maintained chavrusos with teachers of kabboloh, and had close connections with numerous Rabbonim and Admorim, in America and Eretz Yisroel.
He would come in from Flatbush to visit his parents every single Shabbos, being mashamesh his parents with extraordinary dedication. He would daven in the Spinka beis medrash every week, alongside his father, and reconnect with the Spinka Rebbe with whom he learned in Telz.
Acquaintances relate that he treated every person with special care and trademark eidelkeit –despite his numerous business concerns and his busy learning schedule.
Reb Yechezkel continued in his learning, chessed, and dedication to his parents until his final days—despite being wracked by illness. He was niftar in Tuesday evening.
The Levaya took place in Shomrei Hadas, and a Levaya is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Yerushalayim, where he will be laid to rest.
Yehi zichro baruch.