Rabbi Moshe Grylak, a founding member of the Arachim-Teshuva organization and one of the most well-known and early chareidi journalists, passed away in Jerusalem on Tuesday night at 87.
During the German occupation, Rabbi Grylak’s chasidic family fled to France, where they lived under the Vichy regime as cloaked gentiles. Rabbi Grylak was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and Grylak was six years old when he and three other younger children were smuggled across the Swiss border in 1942.
Until the end of the war, he resided with foster parents.
Grylak moved to Israel in 1945 and settled in Bnei Brak, where he was reunited with his parents. He studied at the yeshivas of Kol Torah and Ponovezh alongside the late chief rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau.
Grylak participated in the Yom Kippur War while serving in the IDF and the air force reserve service.
As a representative of the Jewish Agency, he went to Sao Paolo in 1966 and lived there for four years.
One of the early founders of the Teshuva movement after his return, Rabbi Grylak founded the Arachim movement to aid those looking for Jewish consciousness.
Later, Grylak began to publish articles on Jewish subjects in non-Jewish publications, including a column titled “Know your Judaism” in Maariv. Later, for many years, he authored a parsha column that eventually became his books “Know Your Judaism,” “Parsha U’Pishra,” and “Parsha V’Likcha.”
His English Hagadah, In Every Generation, was printed by Artscroll.
Editor of Yated Neeman since 1985, Grylak held the position for more than three years. After that, he worked as the magazine’s chief editor for 30 years until his passing.
Rabbi Grylak, a renowned author, also wrote and published several books for kids named Ch. Eliav.
Rabbi Grylak relocated to Jerusalem’s Har Nof district from Bnei Brak. His six children are his only remaining heirs; his wife passed away in 2019. On Tuesday evening, the levaya took place in Jerusalem.
May God bless his memory.