Rabbi Haskel Lindenthal
LINDENTHAL, Rabbi Haskel Lindenthal, 91, of West Hartford, Rabbi, scholar, mohel and communal leader died Wednesday, February 13, 2008. Born in Wizan, Poland, he was the son of the late Yosef and Chaya (Kaufman) Lindenthal . At the age of 10 he left his parents and went to the Talmud Torah of Suwalk. A year later he went to the Grodno Yeshiva, where, at the age of 18, he received rabbinic ordination from the renowned Talmudist, Rabbi Shimon Shkop zl. At the same time, he graduated from the Hebrew Teachers Seminar called Chorev, formed by the late luminary the Chofetz-Chayim zl. In the early 1930's, Rabbi Lindenthal went to Palestine where he continued his studies in the world famous Hebron Yeshiva and received an additional ordination. He served in the Haganah for 3 ½ years. In 1939 he married the former Naomi Beacha Weinberg and came to the United States in 1940. During WWII he served as a civilian chaplain in the Ashford General Hospital, White Sulphur Springs, Virginia. Before coming to Hartford in 1956, he served congregations in Roanoke, Virginia and Middletown, CT. During that period he served as a Chaplain at the Connecticut Valley Hospital. In 1956 assumed the pulpit at Teferes Israel Synagogue in Hartford, when the congregation consisted of 30 families and the Synagogue was also known as the Mahl Avenue Shul. Rabbi Lindenthal guided Teferes Israel Synagogue as it grew to over 300 families ultimately relocating to Bloomfield. Rabbi Lindenthal was a member of the Rabbinical Alliance of America for which he served as Vice-President. He was also a member of the Rabbinical Council of CT, Histaudrut Ivrit, Mizrachi, Hartford Jewish Federation, Yeshiva of Hartford, and the Vaad Hakashruth of Hartford and Vaad Harabonim of Massachusetts as well as many other organizations. He contributed articles regularly to the Jewish Press and the Yiddish weekly, Algemeiner Journal. He had four books published, Pages of My Life, which recounted his experiences in the Polish shtetl, as a student in renowned Lithuanian yeshivas, the loss of his family in the Holocaust, as a soldier in the Hagganah and in the creation of the State of Israel, the immigrant experience in the United States and life as an American rabbi. His second book, the highly received A Taste of Talmud, is a compilation of Talmudic wisdom, and two volumes of Hebrew poetry. Highly respected as a mohel, he brought more than 9000 males into the Covenant of Abraham through ritual circumcision. He also instructed many area physicians in the performance of circumcision. Besides his wife of 69 years, he leaves his daughter, Rachel D. Lindenthal of New York City, NY; and two sons, Harold Lindenthal, Esq. of Hartford, and Professor Jacob Jay Lindenthal and his wife Lorelle N. Michelson, M.D. of Cliffside, NJ. Funeral services will be held TODAY, Friday, February 15, 2008 at 11:00 am in the sanctuary of Congregation Agudas Achim, 1244 North Main St., West Hartford, with Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe officiating. Interment will follow in the Teferes Israel Synagogue Cemetery, East Granby. Shiva will be observed at his home, 95 King Philip Dr. , West Hartford. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to share memories of Rabbi Lindenthal with his family, please visit online at

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