Rabbi Grunblatt’s Grandchildren
Recall Their Zaidy
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Thank you so much for the inspiring article about my grandfather, Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt, zt”l (Nov 27, page D36). While the article does not do him justice, it is in no way a reflection on your paper or the author. There are simply not enough words (or enough space) to adequately present what an outstanding and inspiring leader my grandfather was to so many people.
At the levayah, my father, Rabbi Akiva Grunblatt, shared a telling story. A few years ago he bumped into an individual in Los Angeles, California, who, upon hearing that he was the son of Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt, promptly began to tell over two drashos that he recalled hearing, years back, in the Queens Jewish Center. My father asked him how long ago he had heard those speeches. His astonishing reply was that it was more than 40 years ago, yet he remembered them like it was yesterday!
That was my grandfather. In his quiet and modest way, my grandfather inspired hundreds upon hundreds of people who are still feeling his hashpa’ah to this day. This will no doubt be a great source of nechamah to our family. Though we have suffered an irreplaceable loss, we know that his legacy lives on across the globe as his influence continues to be felt by all those whose lives he touched.
Yehi zichro baruch.