Born and bred in Brooklyn in the 1930s and 40s, Mrs. Chaya Hecht (nee Rosenfeld), and her siblings, grew up frum and committed to yiddishkeit. A no-nonsense woman who spent her life dedicated to her husband Harav Peretz Hecht ז”ל, and her family, she stood for old-time values. She took pride in her home and family, maintaining a spotless house and cooking delicious home-made food.
JEM video excerpt:
After I was already a mother of several young children, I recall The Rebbe asking me, “Do you pray every day?” I answered that I say the Shema every day and also the Morning Blessings, but I do not recite the entire prayer service because I am busy caring for my children. “I need to be in tune with them so I don’t have any time when I can concentrate properly on prayers.”
The Rebbe said, “If you would ask me if you should pray, then I would tell you that yes, you should pray every day, from beginning to end. The best way is to do it a little bit at a time, and to add more each day until you are able to finish all the prayers. Do that every day. Don’t be concerned with the children when you are praying – find somebody to watch them for that amount of time.”
Hearing his words, I said to myself, “This is going to be my new life and my new outlook.” And, from then on, I made sure I prayed every day. And this had a strong impact on my life.]
Mrs. Hecht was a “Dugma Chaya” dedicated to The Rebbe in all her ways, with an emphasis on Moshiach Now. Her interest in Klei Kodesh led her to over 40 years of committed teaching at Oholei Torah Kindergarten, impacting hundreds if not thousands of lives. Her keen perception of people and of life in general, guided her choices and served her well in mentoring others.
Always carefully and regally attired, a dedicated ayshes chayil, she did not believe in the short-long way. Through hard work and perseverance, out of love for Hashem and Torah, she B”H merited to raise a Dor Yisharim Yivorach.
May חי’ יוטא בת חנוך הענעך הכהן have Aliyas Haneshama and go Maychayil el Choyil on high, and be a Maylitz Yosher for her family and Klal Yisroel.