The Rabbi and the Hitchhiker
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.