Los Angeles, California – Rabbi David Grossman, a noted scholar and a well-known member of the local Jewish community, was killed while visiting Staten Island, New York to perform a bar mitvah. It appears that Rabbi Grossman car’s was stopped on the shoulder of the Westshore Expressway due to a flat tire. Another vehicle, a 2005 Honda, collided with the backside of the car, pushing the rabbi’s car across two lanes toward the center median of the highway. The January 29 incident appears to have occurred shortly before 4 a.m. The rabbi was taken to Staten Island University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The driver, a 43 year-old woman, was treated for minor injuries and was not charged by police. Rabbi Grossman was well known for his intense knowledge of the Torah and the Talmud, the two central texts of the Jewish Tradition, and for a lengthy series of tapes covering the holy books in detail. His wife, Rachel Grossman, was the principal of the girls’ portions of Valley Torah High School in Valley Village.
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