The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 8 March 2008 / 1 Adar II 5768

The Rabbi and the Hitchhiker

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

In the Parshat Mishpatim issue we told the story of "The Rabbi and the Cabbie". This inspired the following response from Rabbi Michael Unger, a resident of the community established years ago in Zichron Yaakov.

I guess I have a story for you. I have been saying Kaddish and leading the davening since my mother passed away before Yom Kippur. In Zichron Yaakov there are regular minyanim and I have no problem finding a minyan for throughout the day.

Last month I had a job interview to work in Pardes Chana, a 20-minute drive from Zichron Yaakov. At the interview I was told that the hours are 9 am – 5 pm and I said I needed a 45-minute break for Mincha and Kaddish, and the employer agreed. Just I didn't know where and when I would daven. I told the employer that I would start when I found a minyan.

The next morning I decided to drive to Pardes Chana and searched for a minyan. So I got into my car and drove maybe two minutes and then saw a neighbor of mine at a bus stop. I stopped and asked him where he was going. He replied that he needed to get to his Kollel in Pardes Chana. I asked him when Mincha is there. He said, "Every day at 2:50 pm". I told him, "Today I am taking you there so you can show me where the Kollel is."

Since then I have been leading the davening and saying Kaddish daily in Pardes Chana.

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