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Wife of Yudi Dukes Writes: Hashem is Still With Us

“I couldn't believe that G-d would actually allow this to happen,” writes Sarah Dukes, wife of Rabbi Yudi Dukes OBM who passed away this week after a long battle with Covid-19. Full Story

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Yudi has duplicated himself into many children
January 22, 2021 11:27 am

You have Bh many genuine copies of the JLI boss , all your beautiful children .
מה זרעו בחיים אף הוא בחיים

JNet
Reply to  Yudi has duplicated himself into many children
January 24, 2021 2:31 am

He started and headed JNet. (JLI is another, different wonderful organization, started and headed by someone else.)

Praying for you
January 22, 2021 11:39 am

Your letter is so raw and I understand some of your pain. Having just lost a loved one and going fully with the think good it will be good saying till the last breath I am filled with questions. I pray for you that Hashem does truly comfort you and your beautiful children as only he could. The rebbe writes through actions you will find comfort, amen! And I pray that this time enough is enough and as someone told me this is a temporary situation, may we be reunited with our loved ones very very soon!

So so powerful sarah
January 22, 2021 11:58 am

Wow! I couldn’t have written it better myself! When I saw the news I said – NO this can’t be after EVERYTHING! NO! I can only give comfort: Hashem is watching over you, the rebbe is watching over you and your husband is watching over you. Your husband will beg hashem to comfort you in some way that we can’t see yet…we can’t see or understand hashems ways all the time but we must believe as much as he is with us all the time, as much as he loves us all the time so he only wants to good… Read more »

Sara
January 22, 2021 12:04 pm

Never before have I read something so honest and emotionally raw. You have so poignantly described what any woman In your situation would be feeling but few would be able to articulate it

You are NOT alone. We are ALL your family now.

Know how much you and your family are loved.

I will continue to daven that Hashem give you and your precious children the menucha and strength to continue

Good shabbos

We love you
January 22, 2021 1:05 pm

The only comfort i hope to share is that we need to demand and make a deal of it that we must must have moshiach now no more no more galous That is the only thing we need this second i am so so sorry for your loss but have no fear if we all look at the world hashem is showing us that moshiach is coming but in stages Rabbi Rubashkin said one second i was in jail and the next second i was out of jail it happens in a blink of an eye We this generation will… Read more »

Tanya igores hakodesh chapter yud alef
January 22, 2021 3:35 pm

Tanya igores hakodesh chapter yud alef , read it , live it

Why blame God?!
January 22, 2021 4:10 pm

Dearest Sarah and Children, We know, from the stories about Rosh Hashana, that all good deeds and all bad deeds are weighed against each other on a scale. If the good deeds do not outweigh the non-kosher deeds, the Kedusha in our lives shall be outweighed by the treif. This is what we work to prevent, as a community. Many hearts ache. Please, look at the positive side of things. We are a Holy nation. Even though we hurt and grieve, Rabbi Yudi Dukes OBM was and shall be be remembered as a rabbi and member of the Torah-observant community.… Read more »

Sara Cohen
Reply to  Why blame God?!
January 23, 2021 7:04 pm

Please reach out for help their is help and love for you don’t give up.
Can collive help this young man connect to the right people.
We need all help each other.
I sign my name Yiddshe Mama.

YES YES YES!!
January 23, 2021 11:36 am

Thank you, Sara, for having the courage to share your pain and feelings of betrayal!!! And thank you for saying that you’re not giving up on Hashem despite this. I’m not sure I could say that if I were Ch”V in your shoes!!! But if YOU can say it then perhaps I can too, and mean it.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

S

Well written. Your pain is our pain.
January 23, 2021 5:48 pm

Hashem should you give strength to continue and we should very soon see the light at the end of this dark tunnel and be once again united with Yudi. You have expressed very well what so many of us feel.

Suggestion
January 23, 2021 7:29 pm

If sarah would like, can a zoom menachum aveil for an hour be arranged so that women from around the world can comfort her?

Thank you for sharing your raw emotions
January 23, 2021 8:26 pm

So real. You’re an inspiration.

Mourning with you
January 23, 2021 8:59 pm

Yudi was a special guy, and I’m deeply saddened by his passing. Let’s not think too much about this, it’s just plain sad. We will never know G-d’s ways. We should not deny the feelings for any reason.

Wow
January 23, 2021 9:33 pm

So well said, so well written. So honest, so true. Everything you wrote resonated. May Hashem pay back His debt, and a thousand fold, right now.

No words.......
January 24, 2021 5:39 am

Dear Rebbetsin Dukes and children, your words are real, deep and very heartfelt. What can one say??? Please keep up your momentum and “ burn 🔥 away the Galus “ as the Friediker Rebbe said. Please don’t stop You are a true leader and role model in today’s highly turbulent world Now that Yudi ע״ה holy נשמה is in the highest place of Gan Eden, he can and will surely do his part. Once an activist- always a activist May Hashem bring you the biggest and main comfort of תחיית המתים so you will truly be reunited with Yudi. But… Read more »

Nechama
January 24, 2021 1:04 pm

The pain is so deep and real. But our bitachon is not the way we dictate to Hashem what He should do. The bitachon is for us. Our job is to accept what He gives us. And the good is not necessarily something we can see. It’s not tit for tat, and our bitachon is not conditional.
May Hashem give comfort and strength.

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