Remembering the Mensch of Malden Mills

Aaron Feuerstein recently died at the age of 95. He was an icon of integrity and generosity.

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Comments (15)

(12) Gloria Frisch, November 15, 2021 2:42 PM

He was quite a human being! I had a cousin (I was related through his wife) who closed his clothing manufacturing facility in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area to move it to Biloxi, Mississippi, (ain't too many Jews there) to save money. Once there, his son found a non-Jew to marry. This happened decades ago.

(11) Amram Nicole, November 11, 2021 8:38 PM

A great Man indeed

Rabbi Twerski mentioned this story...He said that one day AaronFeuerstein's father father told him "In a situation that is devoid of morality, try to be thoughtful and do something worthwhile". Baruch Dayan Haemeth

(10) Jill Timoney, November 11, 2021 8:01 AM

A beautiful man!

(9) Zipora widawski, November 10, 2021 12:04 PM

The Mensch from melden mills

I absolutely love to hear/read about jews who made a difference.i know there are many out there,but we don't always get to hear about them. It warmen my heart to read this article. I mourn another Mensch gone from this world. May his memory be a blessing

(8) Anonymous, November 10, 2021 2:59 AM

מענטש אמיתי

A caring man for the people he works alongside!

(7) Sylvia Marks-Barnett, November 9, 2021 11:48 PM

Justice in Action

Many years ago, I was attending a Labor-Management Conference sponsored by the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service. In attendance were more than 200 labor lawyers, labor relations specialists, rank and file union members and arbitrators (I was part of this last mentioned cohort). When a video was shown, during a plenary session, about the fire and Aaron Feuerstein's response. there was not a dry eye in the room. Not only was he a mensch, but he brought compassion, justice and workplace peace into the world.

(6) Gary Roth, November 9, 2021 7:58 PM

appreciation for making the video available

Baruch Dayan Ha'emet ! I saw this great man up close during my college days in Boston, but didn't realize how special he was -- thank you for the video.

(5) Michael Wilks, November 9, 2021 3:47 PM


Lat's try to emulate this man to whatever extent our lives allow it.

(4) David, November 9, 2021 3:32 PM

The Fire

I remember the fire. We were there for 36 hrs and it was still smoldering. I don't remember any casualties and I don't think there were any deaths. Units arrived from all over eastern Mass and a lot from NH.

(3) KH Ryesky, November 9, 2021 3:03 PM

Menschlichkeit or Ganevot?

On account of Aaron Feuerstein's decision to pay his idle workers on a relatively long-term basis (true menschlichkeit at its best, to be sure), the company had to go into bankruptcy twice shortly thereafter. Perhaps some of the company's creditors might have received a better percentage of their Malden Mills receivables if Mr. Feuerstein had not used company funds to help them out.

He had a difficult choice. But were the idle-time wages paid to the employees paid in kosher gelt? That is a decision for a Higher Power than myself.

Alan S., November 9, 2021 10:58 PM

Ganevot?? Really?? Not even Hashem will question this blessing of a man...

Hashem will 'settle up' with Mr. Feuerstein with the only gelt that Hashem spends, and that is by rewarding and elevating Mr. Feuerstein's soul.

KH Ryesky, November 10, 2021 9:25 PM

Dina D'Malchuta Dina!

"Not even Hashem will question this blessing of a man."

But bankruptcy lawyers would -- and did!

Dina D'Malchuta Dina!

Alan S., November 11, 2021 12:26 PM

Since when are 'bankruptcy lawyers' a relevant criteria to the memory of a man?

Remember the line from William Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

Enough said.

(2) Anonymous, November 9, 2021 1:47 PM

May his memory be a blessing

Baruch Dayan Emet, truly an amazing Mensch.

(1) Jewish Mom, November 8, 2021 11:11 PM

So inspiring!

Mr. Aaron Feuerstein z"l explemplified how a Jew should live: studying the Torah and incorporating its values - the letter and spirit of the law - in how one thinks, acts and speaks in everyday life. It's understanding Who runs the world and in Whose power it is to bless one's honest efforts. That is true Torah living.


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