BNEI BRAk (VINnews) — R’ Refael Sheinfeld, a 59-year-old ZAKA volunteer in Tel Aviv and member of Chevra Kadisha Bnei Brak, passed away on Shabbat after contracting the coronavirus a month ago. Sheinfeld had been in serious condition in Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv and had been placed on a special Ecmo machine which replaces the activity of the heart and lungs, but he passed away from the virus despite having no previous conditions.
Sheinfeld was well-known in Bnei Brak as a paragon of loving kindness and helping his fellow men. He ran a Gmach (free loan organization) called Achim Letzarah for all people who had to sit Shiva and provided them with all of the necessary requirements including chairs and Aron Kodesh, Siddurim and other items, and would bring the items for free and take them back after the Shiva.
Sheinfeld’s friend Rav Zvi Chasid, the director-general of ZAKA in Tel Aviv, said that “Rafi was one of the pillars of our organization, always involved in Chesed (kindness) towards the dead and the living from morning to night. We are in shock at his passing at the peak of his life’s work.”
"צמאה לך נפשי", שרה המשפחה על קבר אבי המשפחה, שנפטר מקורונה.
מתנדב זק"א ת"א, הרב רפאל אפרים שיינפלד ז"ל.
יהי זכרו ברוך! pic.twitter.com/WEGsAICTnE
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Sheinfeld left a family of 12 children including many son-in-laws and grandchildren who are continuing in his ways. The family parted from their beloved father with the song Tzamah Lecha Nafshi. He was buried in the Segula cemetery in Petach Tikva.