JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Rabbi Yeshayahu Haber, the Chareidi rabbi who founded of the “Gift of Life” (Matnat Chaim) association for kidney donations, has passed away at the age of 55 after testing positive for COVID-19 last week.
Rabbi Haber has over the past decade, advocated and arranged for living kidney donations, people who donate one of their kidneys to a stranger suffering from kidney disease and failure. Rabbi Haber was himself is a kidney recipient, and created “The Gift of Life,” to enable patients to find altruistic kidney donations. Nearly a thousand people have since donated kidneys via the Gift Of Life organization.
Politicians from across the entire spectrum eulogized Rabbi Haber and praised him for his life-saving work. Transportation Minister Betzalel Smotrich said that “tens of thousands of angels will be there to receive him” and MK Gidon Saar said that he had “left a huge vacuum behind him.” Prime Minister Netanyahu called him a “paragon of humaneness, kindness and mutual responsibility.” Minister David Amsalem called him a “rare and righteous person who saved hundreds of lives.” MK Yair Lapid eulogized a “special man who devoted his life to saving others lives.”
Chief Rabbi David Lau said that “with great humility he succeeded in saving more than 800 families.”