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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-02-23

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Obituaries from page 93

Scholar And Founder Of Jewish Publishing House

Sept. 9, 2003, along with his
daughter Nava by a suicide
bomber on the eve of her wed-
abbi Moshe (Martin)
The Dombeys made aliyah in
Dombey, a native of
1974. Two years later, Rabbi
Detroit, died in
Dombey was asked by Ohr
Jerusalem on Feb. 1, 2006. He
Somayach, a yeshivah for the
was 54.
newly religious, to head a com-
Rabbi Dombey attended ele-
munity of young married cou-
mentary school at Yeshiva Beth
ples in an abandoned absorp-
Yehudah. Rabbi E.B. "Bunny"
tion center in Givat Ada. Rabbi
Freedman, a classmate,
remembers him as exceptional- Pinchas Kasnett, a student
from that period, eulogized
ly focused and intense, even
Rabbi Dombey, "At the age of
24, you were running a com-
David Greenbaum, the leg-
munity ... You were our ray,
endary Young Israel lay cantor,
rebbe,•posek, counselor, chief
tutored him for his bar mitz-
vah, and noticed his exception- financial officer, baal tefillah,
and baal koreh."
al precision in grammar and
In 1979, the Dombeys
cantillation. From high school
returned to Jerusalem, where
on, Rabbi Dombey chanted the
Rabbi Dombey taught halachah
Torah portion almost every
(Jewish law) and Talmud. A
student described his Talmud
He studied at Hebrew
classes as a reflection of Rabbi
Theological College in Skokie,
Dombey himself — "clear,
Ill., from 1965-73. There, he
direct, honest, unadorned by
became one of the closest stu-
mental gymnastics or arrogant
dents of the rosh yeshivah,
Rabbi Ahron Soloveitchik, from pretension."
For more than a quarter cen-
whom he received semichah
tury, he taught thousands of
(ordination). Thirty-five years
later, he could still quote Rabbi women the essential halachot
of running a kosher Jewish •
Soloveitchik's classes almost
home. Those classes were char-
In 1973, Rabbi Dombey mar- acterized by the clarity with
whi-ch he presented the most
ried Miriam Simon. They were
introduced by his Skokie room- complicated areas of halachah.
He instilled in his students,
mate Dr. David Appelbaum, the
many of them newly religious,
founder of the Terem emer-
the confidence that God's laws
gency care clinics in Jerusalem
are fully consistent with a nor-
and head of the Shaare Zedek
mal life.
emergency room. Dr.
Appelbaum was murdered on

Jonathan Rosenblum
Special to the Jewish News


Synagogue, 1457 Griswold,
Detroit, MI 48226 or to Temple
Am-David, 40 Gardiner St.,
Warwick, RI 02888.
Arrangements by Dorfman

SAMUEL A. GOLDEN, 96, died
Feb. 9, 2006. He was a professor
emeritus of English at Wayne
State University. A native of
Boston, Professor Golden held
degrees from Boston University,
the University of Maine and


February 23 • 2006

Trinity College, Dublin, where he
received his Ph.D. and where he
was a visiting lecturer on
American literature.
Professor Golden is survived by
his companion, Amy V. Richards;
sisters-in-law and brother-in-law,
Maxine and Philip Russakoff of
Skowhegan, Maine, Phillis
Russakoff of Skowhegan, Ida R.
Hoos of Brookline, Mass.

Southfield, died Feb. 15, 2006.

In 1995 he was diagnosed with
A Major Force
a degenerative liver disease
In 1984, Rabbi Dombey found-
(primary sclerosing cholangi-
ed Targum Press, which was to
tis). By the time that he arrived
grow into a major force in the
in Miami in 1999, accompanied
Jewish publishing world.
by his wife, Mimi, and Dr.
Among the popular Targum
Appelbaum for a liver trans-
authors are Rabbi Akiva Tatz,
plant, his doctors had given up
Rabbi Leib Kelemen, Gila
hope. But the transplant suc-
Manolson, and Sarah Shapiro.
Diane Lift -chief
graphic artist at
Targum, describes him
as the living fulfill-
ment of the statement
of our sages, "Who is
worthy of honor? He
who honors others!'
"In any conversation
you always knew
exactly where you
stood, and you knew
exactly what he want-
ed," she recalls."He.
could be demanding,
but never unfair."
Chief editor Mimi
Zakon learned from
. Rabbi Dombey that
"you can observe every
Rabbi Moshe Dombey
aspect of halachah
meticulously, treat
everyone with
mentshlikeit, not cut
ceeded, and four months later,
any corners and still have a suc-
he was able to return to
cessful business!' Most members
Jerusalem and resume work.
of the seasoned Targum staff
Five years later, while back in
have worked together for nearly
to visit his surgeon Dr.
two decades, and they are deter-
Andreas Tzakis, the car Rabbi
mined to keep the company
Dombey was driving was hit by
going according to the lessons
a driver running a red light, and
that Rabbi Dombey taught them.
he lay in critical condition for
The last decade of Rabbi
months. This time, too, he
Dombey's life was marked by
recovered, and returned to his
repeated medical emergencies.

regular activities, including
laMing the Torah reading every
Shabbat, despite the need for
repeated tracheal stents, which
caused him to gasp audibly
with every breath.
His repeated brushes with
death only reinforced his life-
long concern not to waste a
minute. He had little time for
discussions of his medical con-
dition, and certainly none for
self-pity. He always presented
an optimistic countinence. Even
close friends and family had lit-
tle idea of how seriously his
condition had deteriorated in
his final months, and were
shocked that he had not some-
how managed to defeat the
Angel of Death once again.
His last act was typical of the
way he lived his life. Together
with his wife, Mimi, he wrote
out all the January salary and
royalty checks from his hospital
bed, just hours before he passed
Rabbi Dombey is survived by
his parents, David and Fayga
Dombey of Southfield; wife,
Miriam; sons, Rabbi Yehudah
(IvIichali) of Israel, Rabbi Meir
(Chaya) of Huntington, N.Y.,
and Azriel of Israel; three
daughters, Shoshana (Shaya)
Engel of Lakewood N.J., Dina
(Moshe Aryeh) Feldman of
Israel and Elisheva; 10 grand-
children; sisters, Sharon (David)
Baseman of Huntington Woods
and Lynn (Rabbi. Jason) Meyers
of Israel. El

vived by her children, Stephen
Golden of West Bloomfield,
Katherine Golden of Farmington
Hills, Andy Golden of Waterford,
Mickey Golden Moore and Bud
Moore of Bloomfield Hills;
grandchildren, Sabra and David
Zirkle, Adam Forslund, Sydney
Golden; great-grandchild, Laim
Zirkle; sister, Cecile Vexler of
Windsor. She was the beloved
sister of the late Marian
Interment was at Shaar

Hashomayim Cemetery in
Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Contributions may be made to
Hadassah, 5030 Orchard Lake
Road, West Bloomfield, MI
48323. Arrangements by Ira
Kaufman Chapel


She was active in Hadassah and
ORT and was one of the 10 fami-
lies that founded Temple Kol
Ami. An active member of the
Democratic party during the
1950s and 1960s, she hosted
many fund-
raisers at her
home on Lake
Angelus for
many political
Golden is sur-

of Farmington Hills, died Feb. 15,
She is survived by her son and
daughter-in-law, Dr. Sheldon and
Suzanne Goldstein of Bloomfield

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