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Rabbi With ALS Travels Cross-Country for Son’s Bar Mitzvah

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Rabbi suffering from ALS makes cross-country trip for son’s bar mitzvah

Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, who suffers from late-stage ALS and made a cross-country trip from California to celebrate his son’s bar mitzvah in Brooklyn, visits the grave of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, on Sept. 8, 2019. (Levi Liberow/Chabad Lubavitch) ( JTA ) — A West Hollywood, California father of seven suffering from ALS made a cross-country trip to be at his son’s bar mitzvah with family and friends in his hometown of Brooklyn.

Rabbi Yitzi Hurwitz, 47, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2013. He can no longer move, and he cannot breathe without the assistance of a ventilator. He communicates using a computer with laser-based software that tracks his eye movements to move the cursor.

Hurwitz writes a weekly commentary on the […]

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