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I woke up this morning to heartbreaking news. The world has lost another special soul, this time it is our friend Simcha Elazar Jessel.

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You may not know Simcha personally but you know his work. Simcha started Humans of Jerusalem (the real one!) and to call it a passion project would not fully capture what the page and it’s work meant to him. He was a talented photographer and wordsmith who found a way to capture unique moments and pair it with a poetic and clever caption that would come together as a brilliant masterpiece. I was fortunate to have connected with Simcha a few years ago as our pages had natural synergies, (Humans of Judaism and Humans of Jerusalem), we did so many projects together, I always knew that I was in the presence of greatness.

To have known Simcha is to know he was a man of great passion and strength, he was creative and brilliant and so mutli-talented.

It is profound to lose Simcha on the eve of Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAztmaut, he was a lone soldier who shared his love for Israel with the world.

I am truly devasted and will miss him so dearly. I will never forget you Simcha and will work hard to help your legacy live on through your work.

Goodbye to one of my favorite Humans, goodbye dear friend

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