NEW YORK (VINnews) — The founder of the first kosher le’mehadrin beverage company in New York has passed away in Monsey from the coronavirus at age 77. His coffin will be arriving in Israel for burial, according to B’Chadrei Charedim.
R’ Zvi (Hershel) Huld was the founder and owner of the Mayim Chayim Beverages which was the first to attain Kosher Lemehadrin (strictly kosher) certification in New York.
R’ Hershel was born in Israel and studied in the Ponovezh yeshiva ketana. More than 50 years ago he moved with his family to America and studied in Detroit.
R’ Hershel was very close to Rabbi Asher Freind O.B.M and would come to Israel at least six times a year while his rebbe was alive in order to be close to him and to donate to the welfare enterprises run by Rav Asher.
R’ Hershel established the Mayim Chayim company at the instigation of the late Rav Yoel of Satmar O.B.M who encouraged him to open a factory which would provide a basic service for orthodox Jews.
Rav Hershel was a generous philanthropist who willingly donated to Torah institutions and would always help those in need. He always tried to give people a good feeling when he gave them charity.
Rav Hershel used to visit Meron, Kever Rachel and other tombs of righteous people when he came to Israel.