web analytics
July 14, 2014 / 16 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
Judaism
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim's Restaurant in Tiberias Restaurant in Tiberias Enriches Holocaust Survivors’ Wellbeing

The generosity of Mrs. Lee Steinberg of New York helped establish the Meir Panim Free Restaurant in Tiberias.



The Miracle Of Yom Kippur


Lessons-logo

When one decides to have children, one has to decide: how one intends to bring them up, what values one will imbue in them and how one will stress their importance.  Whatever they may be, when one instills the right values in a child, one later receives the dividends of one’s efforts.  This was proved so true this past Yom Kippur for Rebbetzin Judith Friedlander.

Rav Heshy Friedlander was always reticent to step up to the Bimah (podium) and lead the congregation in prayer.  Although possessing many gifts, he felt that his voice was not one of them, and furthermore, that it paled compared with that of his father, Rav Avraham, zt”l, who had been an illustrious Ba’al Tefillah.  So every year since Rav Avraham’s passing, Rebbetzin Friedlander hired a chazzan for the High Holy Days at the Lisker Congregation.  This year was no different.

The chazzan performed beautifully on Rosh Hashanah.  Unfortunately, he fell ill on Yom Kippur morning and had to be taken to the hospital emergency room, leaving Rabbi Friedlander to daven the entire Yom Kippur prayers, which consist of Shacharis (morning prayer), Mussaf (additional prayer), Mincha (afternoon prayer), Ne’ila (concluding prayer of Yom Kippur) and Ma’ariv (evening prayer).

As Rabbi Friedlander approached the Bimah a certain aura “got hold” of him, as if his father were standing next to him, showing him the way.  Beautiful melodies emerged from his mouth, melodies long ago heard when his father was alive, which he remembered and re-enacted at this particular moment.  That is a lot of liturgy and singing for someone who hates to perform in public.

As if channeling his father, Rabbi Friedlander incorporated all the family melodies and intonations into the prayers and his voice even deepened and resonated with intensity and depth as the pronounced each word.  Rabbi Friedlander discovered his inner singing voice much to the delight of his audience, including one very proud mother.

Rebbetzin Friedlander has always taught her brood the basics of synagogue administration starting at a very tender age.  Her 3-year-old grandson is now part of the fold and dutifully wakes everyone up in time for Minyan, in the morning on Shabbos and Yom Tov, and in the afternoon after everyone has taken a nap.  He also has added a new skill to his repertoire.  He trails after his grandmother on the street when Minyan is scarce and approaches strangers, asking them, “Are you Jewish?”  Then he proceeds to explain to each one that the rebbetzin needs only one more, after which he usually entertains participants with a little of his life story.  He was a very handy helper on Sukkos and quite a few people came into the shul simply because of his engaging manner.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “The Miracle Of Yom Kippur”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Jews inside Paris synagogue surrounded by protesters throwing rocks, holding bats and chairs.
Firebomb and Rocks Hurled at Jews Trapped in Paris Synagogues
Latest Judaism Stories
Leff-071114

Sometimes when Chazal say that two different people are really one, they do not mean it literally, but rather figuratively.

Pinchas 10 Minute Parsha

The midrash says that Pinchas, (this parsha), and Eliyahu, prophet of Kings, are one and the same.

Lessons-Emunah-logo

The simple act of kindness should be the reward itself. Anything more in the form of a reward is gravy.

Business-Halacha-logo

“It is sometimes possible through hataras nedarim, nullification of vows,” replied Rabbi Dayan, “but it’s not simple for charity pledges.

The kohen gadol may not enter the Temple unless his hair is cut every seven days.

We need to understand why Moshe Rabbeinu decided to ask that his sons inherit his position after this new halacha was introduced.

Ancient Cities, Ancient Walls
(Megillah 3b-4a)

Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait?

Name Withheld
(Via E-Mail)

Moshe served dual major roles for bnei Yisrael. He was their teacher and their leader.

An opinion recorded in the Talmud states that prayers correspond to the daily sacrifices offered in the Temple that are mentioned in this week’s portion (Berachot 26b, Numbers 28:4). It’s been argued that this opinion may be the conceptual base for our standardized prayer. Since sacrifices had detailed structure, our prayers also have a set text. […]

Is the fact that we can spend time with our families just a fringe benefit of Shabbos or an integral aspect?

Respect for basic human dignity is such a powerful concept that it overwhelms some areas of Jewish law.

If it is not prohibited when there is a purpose for inflicting the tza’ar, why was Bilam chastised for tza’ar ba’alei chaim?

Question: I recently returned from a trip abroad and wanted to say HaGomel. When I mentioned this to the officers of my synagogue, however, they told me – as per the instructions of the synagogue’s rabbi – that I would have to wait until Shabbos to do so. I was not given any reason for this and did not wish to display my ignorance, so I quietly acquiesced. Can you please explain why I had to wait?

Name Withheld
(Via E-Mail)

More Articles from Name Withheld Upon Request
Lessons-logo

There is not even a shadow of doubt that without Agudat Efrat’s help, this child would not have been born.

Lessons-061413

The highway was packed with bumper-to-bumper traffic, and there I sat with hands gripped tightly on the steering wheel, begging the cars to move. My heart swelled at the thought of seeing my son, who was just coming back from his year of learning in Eretz Yisrael. How I had missed him! Though I was used to him being away (if you can ever really get used to a child being away), a special space in my heart was empty – as I waited for him.

We live in a world that is often too cruel and unkind. Living in Israel for the last 30 years, I have attended too many funerals for those whose lives were taken through incomprehensible acts of terror. During the years of the second intifada there were many days that I found it impossible to continue teaching, as a student would burst into my classroom and announce that there had been another terrorist attack. How could I just go on with a regular lesson when lives were lost?

Once a week or so some of my friends and I get together for activities and a little socializing. Over time I have gone through some personal changes and growth, and I sometimes feel out of place with these girls, some of whom I have known for years. I experienced a real struggle during a recent get-together that will surely have a long-lasting impact on me.

The Schwartzes had three vehicles but only two drivers. At any given time the third vehicle, the 2005 red Ford van, could be seen on different driveways throughout the neighborhood – and sometimes even in Miami Beach and Hollywood, Florida. The Schwartzes kept a third vehicle, knowing that not everyone had a car.

In 2001, the year of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, my husband and I were both in mourning for close relatives. As a woman, I did not have the responsibility of attending a minyan to recite Kaddish. So I never realized how complicated it could get.

Note to readers: When I heard the words, “You give us seven minutes and we’ll give you the world” on the radio at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, July 13, I never thought that what I was about to hear would shake me to the core and change my world forever. I could not come to myself – and I’m sure most of klal Yisraelcouldn’t either. So I sat down and the following poem spilled forth. Because it is written in a simple style, simple enough for any child to understand, I hope it does not seem to trivialize what happened; it is just my humble reaction to an earth-shattering event.

My husband of 40 years is always ready to help people. He is also very kind to his family and is always eager to embark on a family outing. However, he has one stipulation. He would rather not drive long distances at night, as he has had challenging experiences driving in the dark in fog, rain and other inclement weather.

    Latest Poll

    Israel's Iron Dome Anti-Missile System:





    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/judaism/jewish-columns/lessons-in-emunah/the-miracle-of-yom-kippur/2008/12/03/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: