Moshe Grunwald lived a full and long life, passing away on March 30 due to complications from COVID-19.

A scion of Hungary’s rabbinic and Chassidic aristocracy, he survived Auschwitz and the Nazi death marches, rebuilding his family and his life in America.

He was a proud descendant of his namesake, Rabbi Moshe Grunwald, a pre-eminent 19th-century Hungarian rabbi known for his magnum opus Arugas Habosem, a collection of a wide-ranging halachic responsa.

“My Zaidy was always honored,” remembers his granddaughter, Chaya Maimon, “but he ran and hid from it; he never wanted the spotlight. My cousin posted that we would send people to follow him into the chuppah to make sure that if they would honor him with reciting a blessing, he’d be there ... he always thought there was someone greater than him who deserved the honor.”

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