Rabbi Yehuda Chitrik, 106, a renowned scholar and storyteller in the Lubavitcher community, died Feb. 14 at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He was a resident of Crown Heights.
Born in 1899 in Krasnolok, Russia, Chitrik studied at the central Chabad Lubavitch Yeshiva near Smolensk. When the school closed after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, he taught at a yeshiva in what is now Ukraine.
At the yeshiva, Chitrik came to know Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who later became the seventh Lubavitcher rebbe, the spiritual leader of the Chabad Lubavitch movement. His recollections of the rebbe, who died in 1994, helped scholars learn more about the late rebbe's life. He moved to Brooklyn in 1983.
At 105 years of age, Chitrik continued his storytelling, attended synagogue at least two times a day, taught a class and kept up his studies.
A book of translations of his stories, From My Father's Shabbos Table, was published in 1991.
He was buried near Schneerson in the Old Montefiore Cemetery in Queens.
Chitrik is survived by two sons, two daughters and, according to a source in the Lubavitch community, 20 grandchildren and hundreds of great- and great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, the former Kaila Tumarkin.