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Yehuda Ben-Yishay, Pioneer in Treating Brain Injuries, Dies at 88

Yehuda Ben-Yishay was born on Feb. 11, 1933, in Cluj, a metropolis in the Transylvania area of western Romania. His father, Chaim Ben-Yishay, was a businessman; his mom, Leah (Finkelstein) Ben-Yishay, was a seamstress.

His household went by World War II largely unscathed. Though a whole bunch of hundreds of fellow Romanian Jews died in the course of the Holocaust, a whole bunch of hundreds survived, particularly these in the southern reaches of Transylvania, the place the household had moved shortly earlier than the battle.

The Ben-Yishays have been keen Zionists, and in 1946 they boarded a transformed cattle ship with about 2,000 different Jews sure for Palestine. The British authorities had banned such mass migration, and on arrival Yehuda he and his two brothers and sister have been separated from their dad and mom as they have been positioned in refugee camps.

After Israel’s independence in 1948, Dr. Ben-Yishay served in the Nahal, part of the Israel Defense Force that constructed agricultural settlements. He later attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem, hoping to check psychology, however there was nobody to show it: Arab guerrillas had murdered the top of the division and a number of other colleagues in 1948.

Dr. Ben-Yishay studied sociology as a substitute, graduating in 1957. He received a scholarship to the New School for Social Research in Manhattan and arrived at the top of that year.

To cover his dwelling bills, he taught Hebrew and labored with retirees, together with at a summer time camp in Brewster, N.Y. There he met Myrna Pitterman; they married in 1960 and had three sons, Ari, Ron and Seth. All survive him alongside along with his brothers, Yisrael and Meir; his sister, Pnina; and eight grandchildren.

At the New School, Dr. Ben-Yishay fell below the steerage of a German émigré psychologist named Kurt Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein insisted that sufferers with traumatic accidents might get better solely in a “holistic” atmosphere, which might bear in mind not solely their bodily well-being but in addition their emotional and religious well being.

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