Reb Malka

It is With Great Regret
that We Inform You
of the Passing of Our Beloved and Revered
Reb Ytzhak Malka
on August 6, 2014.

Heartfelt Condolences go out to his wife Miriam and their family.

Funeral Services will be held in Israel.

May the Family be Consoled and Comforted Among the Mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Biography of Reb Ytzhak Malka

I was born in 1925 in Morocco. At the age of 5, my parents brought me to the “Heder”, a kind of classroom where all the little ones started their Jewish education. The old Rabbi, the teacher, taught us the Alef. Beth, to read in the Prayerbook, and the Parsha (Torah portion) of the week, including the Rashi’s commentary.

At the age of 10, I went to a yeshiva to study Talmud – the Yeshiva of Rabbi Elazar ben Lulu of blessed memory. I also attended the Alliance Israelite school, where I studied French. Until the age of 13, I had to combine my Jewish education with the French school education. So, during the week from Monday to Thursday, I attended the French school during the day, and in the evening I attended the Yeshiva class. Sunday was entirely devoted to the Yeshiva. After my Bar Mitzvah, I attended High School in Rabat. Every day, I traveled by bus from my hometown “Sale” to Rabat.  I could no longer attend the Yeshiva class in the evening or on Sunday. However, during the summer vacation I attended the Yeshiva every day.

In 1942, because of the Vicky Regime, the French government decided to expel the Jewish students who attended High School, and I was one of them.

In 1944, I started working with the French unit until 1960. During this period, I married Miriam and had 5 children born in Morocco. In 1960, we decided to relocate to Israel, and lived in the Galil at the Lebanese border, and later moved to Herzelya.

In Herzelya, I attended “Shiurim” by Rabbi Adoss, of the Herzelya Rabbinate, and attended the school where he used to deliver many a Dvar Torah. I served as Ba’al Koreh (Torah Reader) in that Shul until 1980. In 1980, Miriam and I decided to come to the U.S., and for six years I served as Ba’al Koreh in Fort Worth at Congregation Ahavat Shalom. In 1986, we relocated to Dallas, where I served as Gabbai, together with Rabbi Shawel, at Congregation Shaare-Tefilla. Rabbi Howard Wolk served as the First Rabbi of that Congregation.

In 1990, I assumed the position served at Tiferet Israel of the Ritual Director. I taught Talmud twice a week, Rashi class once a week, and a well-attended class on Saturday morning on the Parsha of the Week. During summertime, I taught Pirkei Avot. My Talmud class was able to conclude Massekhet – “Beitzah” and Massakhet – “Hagiga”, and began with Massekhet – “Sanhedrin” (Tractate).

I wrote a book of Torah commentary on the Books of Genesis and Exodus. A second book of commentary on Tehillim (Psalms) is ready, and with the help of HaShem will be published in Israel.