Rabbi Mordechai Yisroel Tzvi Rindenow Z”L was a man bigger than words can describe. His passing leaves the world with a large void he once so beautifully filled. After a short six-week battle with COVID-19, he left behind his incredible wife Mindy along with 8 of his 9 beautiful children. His youngest, Shlomo Zalman Z”L passed away on July, 17th 2016 while serving in the Israeli Army at the age of 20. He also left behind his adopted son David Taufield (Tower).
Rabbi Rindenow’s life was encapsulated by the intrinsic Jewish value of V’ahavta L’ereicha Kamocha. His love for Torah was boundless and will forever resonates with those who knew him. As Rabbi Akiva famously declared, “V’ahavta L’ereicha Kamocha” (Love thy neighbor as one loves thy self) – “Ze Klal Gadol B’Torah”, (this is the primary rule of Torah).
It is only fitting that we honor Rabbi Rindenow Z”L with more Torah and Mitzvot. We have opened this fund to have a new Aron Hakodesh built, a new Sefer Torah written, the Sefer Torah garb created, and the Tish Room built in his name for his Kehila (congregation) at the future new PTI (Passaic Torah Institute) building in Clifton NJ. The PTI has been a home, a family, and a partner to Rabbi Rindenow in his Kiruv work for over 22 years.
A little bit about Rabbi Mordechai Yisroel Tzvi Rindenow Z”L:
Rabbi Rindenow Z”L was born in Queens NY in 1956 as the Bachor (Eldest) to a family of 7. His Father, Moshe Aaron Z”L was his role model in work ethics and chesed (kindness). His mother, Faiga Dina Z”L was a holocaust survivor and the daughter of the Chernobyl Rebbe. Her Yichus (ancestry) and wisdom were instrumental in influencing his core spiritual and religious growth which facilitated his greatness and drive for joy in Torah and love throughout his life.
This all started in his early years while studying at the Sh’or Yoshuv Yeshiva under Rav Shlomo Freifeld Z”L at the age of 18 in Far Rockaway, Queens. A start for his Torah days, as well as a start for his beautiful family, Rabbi Rindenow met Mindy while studying at Sh’or Yoshuv and married her at the age of 20, in 1976. Although Rav Shlomo Freifeld Z"L seldomly gave Smicha, Rabbi Rindenow, at the age of 22, received his S’micha along with a recommendation from Rav Shlomo Freifeld Z"L to work in tandem with Rabbi Lipner at the Hebrew Academy in San Francisco.
Along with his 2 newborn children, in 1978, Rabbi and Rebbetzin Rindenow moved to San Francisco to start his 14-year endeavor at the Hebrew Academy with Rabbi Lipner. At the Hebrew Academy, Rabbi Lipner saw the charisma, drive, and endless energy the young Rabbi Rindenow had and recruited him to travel to foreign countries to fundraise and recruit young students for the Academy. This journey led Rabbi Rindenow Z”L to many corners of the world to spread his Ahavas Yisroel and the Light of Torah. The Hebrew Academy set the pace for many more years of Torah teaching and Kiruv work.
In 1992 The Rindenow Family, (7 kids now) made Aliya to Israel where he continued to travel and work within Kiruv. There, both of his youngest sons were born. A now complete Rindenow Family returned to the United States to Passaic NJ, in 1998. With his years of experience and travel Rabbi Rindenow invested in his education and completed his PHD in Counseling and Organizational Psychology at Columbia and Fordham University. This, along with his S’micha and Torah experience gave Rabbi Rindenow Z”L the ultimate tools he needed to spread his Ahavas Yisroel and Yiras Shamaim.
For those of us fortunate enough to have known or met Rabbi Rindenow Z”L, you know how effortlessly he managed to influence and exact positive change within you and without judgment. He made every person feel like the most important person to him. He did this by giving himself wholeheartedly with compassion and Emunah (Faith) in H’BH. May we all have the Zechus in providing an Aliyas Neshama to Rabbi Rindenow and carry on his legacy of love for Torah by contributing towards his ultimate purpose, spreading the light of Torah.
Any Additional funds above our set goal will go to The PTI’s new building.
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