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Muslim Lady Called For the Rabbi

A Muslim woman urgently called for a Brooklyn rabbi to visit her husband's deathbed. What happened next was astonishing. Full Story

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From Rabbi Lider - Toda!
August 30, 2015 2:38 pm

Looking over all your comments, I am so touched! Your comments have given me, and the entire Ahavas Chesed family of volunteers, so much chizuk for the work we do for Anash and all Klal Yisroel! For all who asked, A story of a Jew’s live never ends! Isaac is Baruch Hashem getting stronger every day. His wife has not contacted him since she left. She didn’t tell me why she had to return or if she would ever come back. That is not the important message here. However we MUST say Baruch Hashem that she contacted me, and didn’t… Read more »

Wonderful story.
August 29, 2015 10:29 am

did he continue living, or did he pass away in hospital? wonderful story and a wonderful Rabbi.

shemá israel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 28, 2015 11:30 pm

it will be a day where every single person will worship the Blessed G-d of israel. No more pain, no sorrow, no more fear. Thats the real acts. Baruch Hashem Adon–ai. I’m a bnei noach (noahide), but my heart understand the meaning of return to your land (real soul). Shemá, israel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Blessed be the real G-d, the G-d of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. Amem.

may hashem bless you
August 28, 2015 6:20 pm

rabbi leider does wonderful things for our community in the schus of all your mitzvahs my you be blessed with long healthy years

From Ahavas Chesed
August 28, 2015 2:24 pm

Thank you all
If someone wants to visit him in the hospital
Please send text messages to 3478311383
We’ll call you back
Thanks again

Wilma Fallon-
August 28, 2015 1:22 pm

You can’t beat a drop of homemade soup even when you’re ill or passing over !

August 28, 2015 12:53 pm

What a wife. She abandoned him when he needed her the most.
Thank you rabbi lieder.

Susan Gibraltar
August 28, 2015 12:09 pm

Rabbi Lieder you are a beracha for Am Israel. Hashem bless you with everything good. Your name is your essence a true leader, thank you.

his wife did an honorable thing
August 28, 2015 11:26 am

she didn’t had to do this but she respected him

we don’t know what happened in turkey, only she and the rabbi probebly know…

jew tc mom
August 28, 2015 9:22 am

we always have enough time for teshuva . so thats our right why not to choose …..
and you can’t know who is your destiny . it was his duty to marrie a muslim woman….

August 28, 2015 9:21 am

GOD is the only true Judge. I pray we all leave it to him and that thoughts of judging of others is taken from our hearts and minds. That we only have Love for Everyone!

Mr. Stevens Wanga
August 28, 2015 4:50 am

A good story which shows God’s mercy and miracle to a sick man. But how can a wife leave a dying sick man to attend to personal matters? This shows it was a wrong decision to marry a woman of a different faith and Yitzach should have married a Jewish man because that Muslim woman was materialistic as is their nature.

Rabbi, you did more for this man than his wife did
August 28, 2015 1:20 am

To just up and leave, after being married so long, and her husband on his “death bed” is wrong on so many levels. The Rabbi did for him what his wife didn’t do: remain at his side in his hour of most need.

very beautiful.
August 28, 2015 1:11 am

the verses have life as the cells. So when he read aloud the verses miracle happened

August 28, 2015 12:30 am


Put it in the papers!
August 28, 2015 12:06 am

This story belongs in the newspapers! Put it in the type of newspapers that other Jewish men who are intermarried are likely to read… The forward, Jewish journal etc. When a loving democratic intermarried couple come across this story (which doesn’t disparage the noon Jewish spouse in the least…) It will encourage them to perhaps make similar choices… …I would just add two or three words about the meaning of being buried as a Jew (ie a taharah, Jewish cemetery etc. ) as part of the story Thank you rabbi lieder, you really made my grandfather Happy toward the end… Read more »

August 27, 2015 10:51 pm

thank you for sharing!

On the Path
August 27, 2015 10:33 pm

Beautiful story and great work, Rabbi. But I find it unsettling a wife of 27 years would leave the country while her husband is on death bed — leave his side, not even call, return or, or find out how he is — dead or alive? Not. A great wife, but decent of her to call the Rabbi and adhere to her husbands wishes. Oy!

Beautiful Story
August 27, 2015 10:22 pm

You are a born Jew or a Chosen Jew you are always a Jew in your heart. It was good the wife carried out her husbands wishes…I would like to know the ending of this story. It was a Mitzvah the Rabbi was called & prayed for his life, & hope he had a good Jewish life with good health and happiness.

August 27, 2015 9:33 pm

And also beautifully written!! May him and his family only hear of good news! עד מאה ועשרים שנה!!

Who are we to judge!
August 27, 2015 8:34 pm

Many of you comment on his wife and judge her by saying a Jewish wife wouldn’t do this. We do not know the facts why she has left him to attend to pressing family matters. It could have been a sick child or grandchild. We don’t know and therefore cannot pass judgement. He should have married within our religion, right, but again who are we to judge. Baruch HaShem Rabbi Lider got involved and hopefully the man has done teshuvah. May the old man have a full and speedy recovery to get back on the right path to live a… Read more »

we should all behave more like Rabbi Lider
August 27, 2015 7:18 pm

Rabbi Lider, you are wonderful doing such big mitzvahs. I probably would question why he did not practiced Judaism and married muslim. Her behavior is sol muslim–her husband–Jew –is dying and she has pressing issues! Jewish women would not do that–sorry he was blind, just like Isaac..

Rabbi heal dying man
August 27, 2015 7:09 pm

Miracles do happen when u believe in God. Love rules the world no matter who or what u are.

August 27, 2015 6:52 pm

Thank you for sharing

And what Happened
August 27, 2015 6:43 pm

Did she ever come back ?

A small miracle in this dark world
August 27, 2015 6:14 pm

It is a wonderful that there is still Chesed in a mixed marriage. May Hashem bless this beautiful wife

Jewish mothers
August 27, 2015 5:24 pm

I love our people!! you’d think everyone was the gentleman’s mother!! Kol Hakavod!!

August 27, 2015 4:29 pm

A wonderful happening! Thank you for sharing it!

To #47
August 27, 2015 3:52 pm

Who says being Jewish means being ‘Frum’. Maybe he came from a connected but not Orthodox family.

To #28 Rabbi Lider
August 27, 2015 1:14 pm

Thank you and Yosher Koach.

August 27, 2015 1:08 pm

What “family obligation” can possibly be more important than a dying spouse!!??!!??

August 27, 2015 12:57 pm

BH. We are Love and we should always act with Love. Thank you so much Rabbi Leider you are a king in this world. Chana Tova.

Jewish neshama can return--it's never to late
August 27, 2015 12:11 pm

This stoyr brought tears to my eyes…

A thought
August 27, 2015 10:42 am

This is a wonderful story of chessed and teshuva! For all those who want to know what actions and decisions led this man who where he is, I say WHO CARES! To those who condemn him for those actions, I ask if you would have been strong enough to make a different decision had you been in his shoes? We are weeks away from Rosh Hashana, a time of Teshuva and forgiveness. For those who forgot, perhaps you should relearn the Torah Portion read on the first day of Rosh Hashana… specifically the line where Yishmael is dying in the… Read more »

to #1
August 27, 2015 10:35 am

who said he left judaism? did it say anywhere he used to be frum?

Just curious
August 27, 2015 10:24 am

If he’s 84 today, and they were married 27 years, that means he only got married when he was 57; was he ever married before, does he maybe maybe have Jewish children somewhere in the world? That would be amazing! Just curious

August 27, 2015 10:00 am

Absolutely beautiful story.

rabbi Bolton
August 27, 2015 9:33 am

His Muslim ‘wife’ is to be praised! As per Avi Weinberg’s comment #41. Love and care for another human being.

Chevra kadisha lady
August 27, 2015 9:26 am

One aspect of this “refusal” wasn, t stated. Funerals, graves cost a lot of gelt$10,00 or more. How could he undertake such a burden .so he probably arranged this with her.

Ribbono Shel Olam!!
August 27, 2015 9:26 am

If for no other reason, this amazing and touching story should be enough to BRING MASHIACH TZIDKEYNU

Avi Weinberg
August 27, 2015 9:06 am

In my opinion , ” THIS ” is LIFE perhaps at it’s BEST. To start ,from the most basic human perspective , look at all the ‘down to earth’ behavior of each individual in this story. How REFRESHING !!!! It’s about people acting with such dignity toward & for each other. Their HONESTY is astounding. The unconditional caring & giving , just because this is what was needed for ANOTHER person. No words , WOW !!!!! THIS is about HAPPY people sharing their own happiness with another. ONLY happy people act this way. What a beautiful story & reality. THIS… Read more »

A Good Wife
August 27, 2015 8:36 am

She honoured the heritage of her husband. Bless her. And bless him.

August 27, 2015 8:28 am

Did the “loving wife” also leave funds for his burial or was this a convenient way of getting away with burial expenses??!!

Kiddush Hashem
August 27, 2015 8:25 am

Hashem sent away the Muslim wife! What Jewish wife would leave her husband on their “death” bed. B”H for Rabbi Lieder, a Jewish soul saved!

August 27, 2015 7:22 am

Where’s there’s life,there’s hope,Thank Hashem

Baruch Hashem
August 27, 2015 5:32 am

People made mistake, bad decission, but the important one is when he made teshuvah. Hashem gave him the chance. That’s wonderful !

Esty Lieder
August 27, 2015 4:03 am

Proud of you! Uncle! You are doing amazing work. You have helped not only this man but millions of others and hope HaShem repays you with everything you need and want in a revealed way and moshiach now!

August 27, 2015 4:02 am

This is a beautiful touching story. It just shows us that hashem never but never leaves a jew behind. And this guy is zochie to לחזור בתשובנ on his last days. Who ever volunteers to take this guy in has olem haba. I have a two room apartment i wish i could take him in.

August 27, 2015 1:08 am

Rabbi lieder, hashem should bless you!
Many more happy And Jewish years to yitzchak!

Only the good
August 27, 2015 1:07 am

Don’t focus on the negative….Hashem knows how to deal with that. See the beauty of the immortal soul and our inner/subconscious desire to return ourselves to Him in love and knowing. Kevod haRav, may all your Tefillat for the good be always heard and accepted by Him and may He grant you and all such as you and your families wondrous levels of Torah and merit a full table in this world and a full table in the next.

From Rabbi Lider - the story did not end yet
August 27, 2015 12:57 am

This article was written several weeks ago, shortly after Isaac regained consciousness.
Baruch Hashem he is getting better every day. He has since been transferred to a rehab center, where I visit him every weekday morning (and a local Rabbi visits with him on Shabbos). He relishes eating his chicken soup for breakfast, then we put on tefillin and he says Shma with so much feeling.
His wife has still not returned or contacted him, but he now has an Advance Directive so his wishes will be followed if he is unable to communicate them in the future.

What's app
August 27, 2015 12:36 am

I see there is a what’s app group to join to volunteer what is the number to join

August 27, 2015 12:35 am

This is what it is all about!

From Rabbi Lider to
August 27, 2015 12:34 am

Chas V’Shalom! I was not trying to persuade her against it. And you are correct that it is the Rabbi’s responsibility to organize a Jewish burial for those in need. Unfortunately, my words got changed in translation. What really happened is that she told me, “Rabbi, my husband is a Jew. We have been married for 27 years, but it is his wish that even though he didn’t live like a Jew, he wants to be buried as a Jew. Rabbi, listen to me. I have pressing family matters to take care of, and I need to travel back to… Read more »

The End
August 27, 2015 12:16 am

I think this IS the end of the story. It doesn’t matter what happened next … This is about what happened THEN!
Bless them all!

To# 19
August 26, 2015 11:28 pm

I think Rabbi Lider was trying to persuade her to think good would be good.

Whatsapp group number
August 26, 2015 10:36 pm

To join is
Thank you

Rabbi Lieder
August 26, 2015 10:35 pm

This man is amazing. Literally always busy running from patient to patient helping people. Unbelievable. Maybe its time to honor this man.

A Tzaadik
August 26, 2015 10:20 pm

Rabbi Lider is a hidden tzaddik! No one can imagine the cheesed this man does. completely devoted and dedicated to the community and crossing the world for a single Jew. Such a dignified, loving man and the truest chossid.

Ahavas Chesed WhatsApp group
August 26, 2015 10:08 pm

Thank you to all of the incredible volunteers who have worked with Ahavas Chesed. Your chesed makes this all possible. We still have a lot to accomplish. If you would like to be part of Ahavas Chesed’s work,now you can give or get immediate help with our WhatsApp group.

Join our chesed group: 347-831-1383. Add 347-831-1383 to your contacts as “Ahavas Chesed,” then WhatsApp the number with the word “gain”.

Tizku l’mitzvos!

I don't understand
August 26, 2015 9:53 pm

What ended up happening? Did he live? Pass away? Did the wife return from turkey to find her husband a changed man? Did she not return? Why does the story end so abruptly and vaguely?

Such Ahavas Yisroel
August 26, 2015 8:39 pm

this is such a touching story

Why persuade her against it?
August 26, 2015 7:17 pm

I was surprised by a sentence in this article: “Rabbi Lider could not persuade her against this, so he agreed to accept the note giving him authority”. Why would a Rabbi try to persuade the non-Jewish wife NOT to give him the responsibility of organizing a Jewish burial for her Jewish husband when he dies? I thought that’s what Rabbis do – or ask another Rabbi to do. I would imagine it would be an automatic YES in this case.

August 26, 2015 6:12 pm



August 26, 2015 6:11 pm


Aaron Abram
August 26, 2015 5:03 pm

Great story!

Incredible Organization Incredible Rabbi wonderful story
August 26, 2015 4:19 pm

Rabbi Lider’s whole life is infused with chessed, including lots of chessed shel emes. He’s always there for anyone who needs him. Hashem should give him all the koach and support he needs to continue his holy work and bring Moshiach NOW!!!
To Chaim-click link at end of article above or go to chessedcenter.org to donate to Ahavas Chessed- be a partner in this special and vital mitzvah which is a lifeline for many Yidden.

Always a Jew
August 26, 2015 3:26 pm

to the person that asked why he left Judaism. In my opinion, when you are born Jewish, you are always Jewish. Whether or not you are observant. Do not look down on other Jews because you may be more observant than they are. And, he married the person that he loved.

What a story
August 26, 2015 3:15 pm

Rabbi lieder is a special Yid. What a Chesed does he do to every body , this Yid yitzchak was zoche to put on tefilin and to eat kosher apintale of a Yid, may Hashem bless you rabbi lieder and your family and this Yid and all klall Israel sheichu witha good health success and happiness hktivah velha time Tova leshana Tova vemetuka

Did the wife abandon him?
August 26, 2015 3:13 pm

Wondering what the outcome was…

Rabbi lieder
August 26, 2015 3:09 pm

Is the real deal. Volunteer for a day for him and you will do more Chesed in one day then you have done in an entire year.

And the end of the story?
August 26, 2015 2:40 pm

What happened after? Where is he now?

August 26, 2015 2:28 pm
August 26, 2015 2:03 pm

Link for donations? Touching story!

To #1
August 26, 2015 1:46 pm

“a Yid nit er vil nit er ken zich upreisin fun ‘Judaism’…”

underrated organiztion
August 26, 2015 1:41 pm

I try to give when they call, sometimes I succeed.

But this org is the real deal.

To 1
August 26, 2015 1:09 pm

I think that in such situations we should be thankful that we have not been in a position where we had to make that choice. You have no idea of what circumstances led to his decision but it is not an easy choice to make. Love can be a powerful vice in any situation.

August 26, 2015 1:07 pm

Wow speechless amazing story. BH.

This IS..
August 26, 2015 12:48 pm

A Moshiach story ואתם תלוקטו אחד אחד Each Yid will be led with Hashem’s Hand bringing us to the Geulah Amein Kein Yehi Ratzon! Keep up your great work, Rabbi Lieder

Never to late
August 26, 2015 12:45 pm

The pintla yud was waiting to be rekindled. It is never to late!!!!

August 26, 2015 12:41 pm

What made him leave Judaism? And marry a Muslim lady?