Baruch Dayan HaEmes


UPDATED 9 Iyar, Wed., May 18

The funeral of Aaron Rosenfeld (he was my nephew, the son of my wife’s brother Elie) took place at 1:30 pm Tuesday. He was eighteen. Thank you for your tefillos (prayers) and, more recently, condolences.

The comments section of this post is offered to those who knew Aaron and would like to share their remembrances and reflections.

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Eli Neiman
10 years 5 months ago

Dear Reb Aaron,
Yes, Reb Aaron. Thank you. Thank you for a wonderful 4 years. Thank you for showing me what it means to be a Tzadik. For showing me that a Jew should do Mitzvos(commandments) even when it is hard. For showing me how to be a Talmid Chacham. (Wise student). For showing me how to answer a difficult piece of Gemara. Unfortuneately, I won’t have the chance to know you better. For you to continue to show me what it means to be a Tzadik. You will always be in my hearts, minds, and prayers. I… Read more »

Ben and Shalom Rosenfeld
10 years 5 months ago

Aaron, we have learned from all this that you had many great friends, some we already knew and some we didn’t but we also learned how much of an important person you are. Although you did have many friends, we know that we are your brothers, and there is a special bond between us that will never be broken. Just know that whatever has taken place, or may take place in the future that you will always be our brother and we will cherish your memory forever.

10 years 6 months ago

Let us all make a resolution in light of this tragedy to improve ourselves in the areas of Torah, Tefilla, Gemilas Chasadim, and certainly with regard to Sinas Chinum. May we be Zoche to never hear of such tragedies again.

Celia (Jaffe) Minkin
10 years 6 months ago

Dear Aaron,

When you were little, your mother and I used to remark how lucky our kids were because they were so well loved. Remember that, Debbie?

Aaron, you were and are remarkably well loved. Your parents are extremely caring and devoted parents. You also were doted on by aunts, uncles, grand-parents, and assorted relatives.

When you became a young man, if we were lucky enough and listened carefully, you would honor us with your intellectual, dry sense of humor.

We feel your loss keenly, viscerally. Esther said tefilos for you at the kotel. Shaul lit a candle at… Read more »

akiva kenigsberg
10 years 6 months ago

I think back on the past four years and I remember. I remember the way your face shone when you stumped the rebbe with another bomb kasha. I remember the way you kept the shiur going even when everyone else had their heads down. I remember the excitement you had when you made us laugh with one of your sharp lines. Aaron, you were always there for me, whether it was during breakfast before a Gemora quiz or if I needed someone to put me in my place when I was out of line. Your unwavering commitment to torah and… Read more »

Michael Lewitter
10 years 6 months ago


I carried you to your grave. From the members of our class who were pallbearers, I was the only one not from Highland Park. I do not know why your famiy requested that I carry your aron (coffin). We had never been at each other’s house, so I don’t know how they knew we were close in school. Regardless of how they knew, I just want to say that I am glad they did know. Had I not been asked, I would not have known just how close we were. I feel honored to have known you and to have… Read more »

Ariel Kaplan
10 years 6 months ago

For four years you’ve been in my grade. For four i have thought you to be the nicest kid in the grade. I have always had this (mis)preconception that we’d all (our whole grade) be going through life together and that we’d all be comfortable and with each other. That is now shattered and i just wanted to tell you how incredibly sorry i am that i didn’t get to know you better. I always thought we had all the time in the world but now i know that the world doesnt work like that. Hashem… Read more »

10 years 6 months ago

HaMakom yenachem et’chem b’toch shar avay’lay Tzion v’Yerushalayim.

May the Omnipresent comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.