Calling Mordechai (“Mordy”) Weiner universally appreciated wouldn’t do justice to the memory of the popular resident of the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., who passed away on April 14 after battling COVID-19.

Mourners took to the pages of the Flatbush Jewish Journal to remember their friend—pages lauding Weiner’s commitment to helping others, his warmth and how he would always go the extra mile to be of assistance. A larger-than-life figure, he would often call and check on his many friends to make sure all was well with them, and personally took responsibility to ensure the care of countless widows and orphans.

A passionate student of Torah, he was exceptionally close to his mentor, Rabbi Michel Spitzer. He once took the initiative to shovel Spitzer’s driveway early in the morning after a snowfall, showing his rabbi the utmost respect. Being that he drove a luxury car, Weiner, a businessman, relished the opportunity to drive Torah leaders and dignitaries, among them the Novominsker Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Perlow.

A friend recalled a time in recent months when on a long shared drive to New York, he learned that not only was Weiner committed to following the Daf Yomi (“page of the day”) schedule, he would listen to lectures on the daily quota at the two or three times to make sure that he grasped the concepts, as well as to come up with original innovative thoughts. At the recent Siyum HaShas on Jan. 1, 2020, Weiner proudly celebrated his own seven-year journey in the completion of the entire Talmud.

His family and friends somberly marked his birthday on April 11, as he was in hospital fighting the coronavirus prior to his premature passing.

Originally of Queens, N.Y., Weiner is survived by his daughters, Hennie and Tova; his mother, Devorah; sisters Esther, Naomi and Fraidel; and a bereft community.

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