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rabbi shmuel rodal z"l
shmuel ben yosef hakohen

Rabbi Shmuel Rodal, father of our dear Rabbi Leibele, passed away on Hoshana Raba, 21 Tishrei 5783. He was 77. Rabbi Rodal served as a Chabad Shliach in Italy for over 50 years, leaving a deep impact on countless Jews.

Rabbi Rodal was born in Montreal, Canada to his parents Rabbi Yosef and Feiga Rodal, who were sent by the Previous Lubavitcher Rebbe to the city.


As a student in the mid-1960s, he had questions in his faith in Hashem. In this interview with JEM, he recalls how they got resolved with the help of the Rebbe.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Devorah Rodal (née Munitz) – Milan, Italy – and their children:

Brocha Leah Sasonkin – Metula, Israel

Levi Rodal – Crown Heights, NY

Chanale Lavine – Johannesburg, South Africa

Dini Polichenco – San Diego, California

Zali Rodal – London, England

Zeldi Richter – Howard Beach, NY

Berele Rodal – Johannesburg, South Africa

Leibele Rodal – Montreal, Canada

Sorele Brownstein – Davis, California

Yisroel Meir Rodal – Milan, Italy

Leizer Rodal – Phoenix, Arizona

Sonia Hershkowitz – Los Cabos, Mexico

Mushki Silverstein – Pomona, NY

Yehudis Hyman – Kingston, Pennsylvania

Yossi Rodal – Carlsbad, California

Frumi Sasonkin – Crown Heights, NY

He is also survived by his siblings:

Berel Rodal – Ottawa, Canada

Chana Raizel Kagan – Miami, Florida

He was predeceased by his daughter Raizy Rodal OBM, and his brother Menachem Rodal OBM.


Rabbi Rodal has been laid to rest in the holy land of Israel.



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