Skip to comments.World’s Oldest Man to Celebrate Bar Mitzvah 100 Years Late
Posted on 09/15/2016 5:47:55 AM PDT by nickcarraway
Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor who lives in Israel, missed bar mitzvah because of World War I
The worlds oldest man, 113-year-old Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor living in Israel, will celebrate his bar mitzvah.
Kristals daughter, Shulimath Kristal Kuperstoch, told the DPA news agency that about 100 family members will gather in Kristals home city of Haifa in the coming weeks to mark the rite.
We will bless him, we will dance with him, we will be happy, she said.
Kristal had his birthday last week. He was recognized as the worlds oldest man in March.
He missed his bar mitzvah due to World War I. His father was in the Russian army and his mother had died three years earlier, Kuperstoch said.
Born on Sept. 15, 1903, in the town of Zarnow, Poland, Kristal moved to Lodz in 1920 to work in his familys candy business. He continued operating the business after the Nazis forced the citys Jews into a ghetto, where Kristals two children died. In 1944, he was deported to Auschwitz, where his wife, whom he had married at 25, was killed.
In 1950, he moved to Haifa with his second wife and their son, working again as a confectioner. In addition to his son and daughter, Kristal has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
When asked at the time he was certified as the oldest living man what his secret was to long life, Kristal said: I dont know the secret for long life. I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men than me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.
Today, you are a man...
Wow. Such an outlook on life has clearly served him well.
I hope he already had his bris.
I thought the worlds oldest man was 145 and living in Indonesia? Wasn’t that in the news last week?
Healthier-looking than some half his age.
Probably wiser than most half his age too.
He missed his Bar Mitzvah at 13 so I guess he waited till 13 rolled around again at 113 :-)
God bless him!
[and it seems that he has]
113 years old, survived two world wars, the Polish ghetto, Auschwitz and STILL looks better than Pickles Clinton.
Very good story. He may outlive me.
Yes, I remember that article. If I recall there were no records so his age cannot be verified.
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