Shlomo Rindenow, killed in tragic accident, to be buried in Israel. Brother tells Arutz Sheva; 'He sacrificed for the land.'
I knew the family. When I lived in San Francisco in the late 1980s and early 90s, Rabbi Mordechai Rindenow - Shlomo's father - was the Rabbi at the small, cozy orthodox congregation that I attended. I remember the Rindenows as some of the finest living examples of Torah values that I've ever had the privilege to know. I spent many a Shabbos at their table, often during some of the most difficult and troubling periods of my own life.
Years later I connected with Moshe Rindenow via Facebook. He must have been only a small child when I last saw him in person and I cannot imagine he had any direct personal memory of me; but in 2012 when he learned I was visiting Israel, he went out of his way to meet me in Jerusalem, and he and his wife joined me for coffee. That's the kind of people the Rindenows are.
The circumstances of the grenade explosion that killed 20-year-old Shlomo Rindenow and one other soldier - a Druze named Husam Tafash - are still unclear and the investigation is ongoing.
YNet has a detailed report.
I'm still trying to process this - part of my brain still wants to believe there's been some terrible mistake. The Rindenows are truly beautiful people.
May the family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.