Rabbi Elisha Nattiv

Los Angeles, California


Los Angeles, California


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January 4, 1927 - June 21, 2014 Born on Kibbutz Gan Shmuel in Israel, Rabbi Nattiv was descended from Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev. He was a scholar of religions from his earliest years. He received his MA, summa cum laude, from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He worked in the Ministry of...

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You (and your wife Rachael), taught me from 1962-68 at Temple Sholom and built my spiritual foundation. My mother, Betty Spero was your biggest fan. I have educated my children with your philosophy. I am grateful for you.

Rabbi, you have been so instumental in my life. You did the naming of my son 47 years ago, did the burial 20 years ago, married my daugters, and led me on the spiritual path many years ago.

Rabbi Nattiv, you will always hold a special place in the hearts of the Brass family.You didn't hesitate, when we asked you to marry our daughter on Father's Day, 16 years ago and how ironic that it was on June 21st. You taught us that G-d lives in our heart.I could tell of so many more things that you did that made you so special to us but that would take a small book! From the first time we met over 30 years ago until this moment; you will live in our hearts forever. Until we meet again.

My condolences to the family. Rabbi Nattiv likewise was my bar mitzvah and confirmation rabbi. Would that I had listened more closely to him regarding his vegetarianism and meditative practices - both of which I now practice myself. May his memory be for a blessing.

Our deep condolences to Rabbi Nattiv's family. Rabbi Nattiv married our son and daughter-in-law twelve years ago, and it was such a lovely service. Again, our condolences and wishes for peace.

Remembering the good times

Rabbi Nattiv, you have been a big part of my life since I was able to walk. I am going to miss you so very much. Thank you for all you have done for me, and for always being there for me and my family. Until we meet again. I love you.
Julie Frank (west Covina, Ca.)

Rabbi Nattiv was the rabbi at my Bar Mitzvah back in 1965. He was a gentle, patient and kindly man. Although I haven't seen him in many years, I will always remember how nice he was.

Rabbi Nattiv was always there for my family. In times of happiness and sadness, he was so very supportive. His teachings of spirituality will forever remain in my heart. I was so very lucky to have him as a religious leader and his memory will always be with me.

A kind and good man beloved by so many of us. Thanks for your guidance, spirit, and teachings. Leslie Martel