Because, aviously…

To some he was Rabbi Yehuda Friedman, to others he was Dad, yet to me and my family he was always “Uncle Ernie”, as my Grandmothers Sisters Husband.

Uncle Ernie

Uncle Ernie was a great man. Always there when someone needed him and lead a great life, constantly learning and striving for more.

My fathers dad passed away when he was 2, and Uncle Ernie stepped in and became his father figure, and for that I will always be grateful.

Every seven years Jews around the world gather for the completion of Gemara (Talmud), at an event known as the “Siyum HaShas”, for those that learned a page of Gemara a day (hence the seven year cycle).
Uncle Ernie participated in seven of them, teaching it for many, many years.
At the most recent Siyum they showed a video on the big screen at Met Life stadium, and streamed around the world, and they featured him as a Torah Leader.
11056550_10152908242402024_2572512143391843727_nUncle Ernie also spent many years helping out in shuls around Washington D.C.

As I sat there yesterday watching a LiveStream of the funeral (below) I couldn’t help but feel such a loss for the world.

Those that knew him will surely miss him. And those that hadn’t had an opportunity to meet him, believe me when I tell you you couldn’t meet a nicer person.

He now rests side-by-side with his wife, Aunt Chana, whose lovelingness (and cookies) are missed every day.

Uncle Ernie PlotAunt Chana

Hamakom yenachem etchem b’toch she’ar aveilei tzion v’yerushalayim — “May G-d comfort you, together with all mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.”

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