Yehuda Ben-Yishay was born on Feb. 11, 1933, in Cluj, a metropolis within the Transylvania area of western Romania. His father, Chaim Ben-Yishay, was a businessman; his mom, Leah (Finkelstein) Ben-Yishay, was a seamstress.
His household went by means of World War II largely unscathed. Though lots of of 1000’s of fellow Romanian Jews died in the course of the Holocaust, lots of of 1000’s survived, particularly these within the southern reaches of Transylvania, the place the household had moved shortly earlier than the conflict.
The Ben-Yishays had been keen Zionists, and in 1946 they boarded a transformed cattle ship with about 2,000 different Jews certain for Palestine. The British authorities had banned such mass migration, and on arrival Yehuda he and his two brothers and sister had been separated from their dad and mom as they had been positioned in refugee camps.
After Israel’s independence in 1948, Dr. Ben-Yishay served within the Nahal, part of the Israel Defense Force that constructed agricultural settlements. He later attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem, hoping to check psychology, however there was nobody to show it: Arab guerrillas had murdered the top of the division and a number of other colleagues in 1948.
Dr. Ben-Yishay studied sociology as an alternative, graduating in 1957. He gained a scholarship to the New School for Social Research in Manhattan and arrived on the finish of that 12 months.
To cowl his residing bills, he taught Hebrew and labored with retirees, together with at a summer season camp in Brewster, N.Y. There he met Myrna Pitterman; they married in 1960 and had three sons, Ari, Ron and Seth. All survive him alongside together with his brothers, Yisrael and Meir; his sister, Pnina; and eight grandchildren.
At the New School, Dr. Ben-Yishay fell underneath the steerage of a German émigré psychologist named Kurt Goldstein. Dr. Goldstein insisted that sufferers with traumatic accidents may get better solely in a “holistic” surroundings, which might keep in mind not solely their bodily well-being but in addition their emotional and non secular well being.