Rabbi Shalom Dov Lifshitz passed away on Thursday night at the age of 84. The rabbi was known for his dedication to fighting missionary activity and assimilation, a fight he conducted through his organization, Yad L’Achim.

The burial took place last Friday on the Mount of Olives (Har Hazeitim) in Eastern Jerusalem.

Rabbi Lifshitz’s motto was, “We must not give up on even a single Jew. Every Jew is the offspring of our founding fathers: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” His motto has become the motto of Yad L’Achim.

Yad L’Achim is perhaps best known for its daring rescues of Jewish women trapped in Arab villages by abusive husbands. Activists have entered even the most hostile areas, some under Palestinian Authority control, in order to retrieve Jewish women and children interested in escaping to Israel.

After each rescue, Yad L’Achim continues to provide help to those it has rescued, often assisting families for years. The group is also involved in a wide variety of other activities, from raising awareness of missionary tactics to helping immigrant parents find appropriate schools for their children.

Just weeks before his death Rabbi Lifshitz led a campaign to raise awareness of missionary activity through advertising in Haaretz, a left-wing paper with a largely secular readership. Yad L’Achim activists report that the response was immediate…

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