Rabbi Meyer Zajac, one of the founders of the Orthodox community in S. Paulo, Brazil, and the primary benefactor of publishing the Rebbe’s Likkutei Sichos, passed away.
By Anash.org reporter
Rabbi Meyer Zajac, one of the founders of the Orthodox community in S. Paulo, Brazil, and the primary benefactor of Likkutei Sichos, passed away, Friday, 3 Sivan, 5781.
He was 89 years old.
Reb Meyer was born in Poland to his parents Rabbi Simcha Yitzchak and Chava Necha Zajac. Later, his family emigrated to Brazil.
With the Rebbe’s guidance, he founded and supported the first Beis Yaakov School for girls in S. Saulo, Brazil.
During one of his many audiences with the Rebbe, the Rebbe asked him about his future plans for settling down. When Rabbi Zajac replied that he planned on moving to the United States, the Rebbe told him: “You have to go back to Brazil, that is your place.”
Rabbi Zajac was the primary benefactor of printing the Rebbe’s Likutei Sichos, and as a result, merited many personal kiruvim from the Rebbe. Under an agreement he had with the Rebbe, his name was the only dedication to appear in the sefer.
Reb Meyer merited many private audiences with the Rebbe and Frierdiker Rebbe which he described at length in his autobiography titled Chaim Shel Bracha. The book also reviews his early years in Brazil, his financial support for printing Likkutei Sichos as well as the special kiruvim he received from the Rebbe as a result.
He is survived by his wife Zissel and their children, Rabbi Yisroel Zajac – S. Paulo, Brazil; Rabbi Yosef Zajac – S. Paulo, Brazil; Mrs. Lea Osdoba – Belle Harbor, NY; Mrs. Rechil Shapira, and grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings Rabbi Leibel Zajac, Rabbi Yisroel Zajac, Mrs. Toba Izaak of S. Paulo, Brazil, and Mrs. Perel Felberbaum of Israel.
Baruch Dayan Haemes.