A 2002 Michigan Press Association
I li General Excellence winner
FRIDAY, JAN. 17, 2003
SHEVAT 14, 5763
VOL. CXXII, NO. 23
16 Bridge Building
WSU teams with Damascus
University despite Syria's
links to terrorism.
33 A Vote For Israel
Arafat and U.S. Jews
need to let Israelis vote.
37 Game Fever
Akiva hosts JAMD at
the new Meer Gymnasium.
Destined To Meet
53 Prayers For Peace
t was a brisk January afternoon, but I was warmed by the noon-
di time sun. I had been editor of the Jewish News just a few weeks
this day in 1998 and was visiting the Yeshiva Beth Yehudah at the
invitation of the day school's executive director, Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld.
He took me on a tour of the Southfield school and at the end, we
stopped in a large room near the sanctuary. At a table sat a slight
man with a black hat and a long beard. He looked devoutly obser-
vant. His face was pressed against the pages of a sacred book as he
strived to read it despite failing eyesight.
"Meet Rabbi Freedman," said Rabbi Mayerfeld. "He's part of the
Yeshiva family and he's here to study."
I quickly felt in awe. Avrohom Abba Freedman looked up with an outstretched
hand and greeted me. I asked how he was and he responded, "Energized to the
soul." The response seemed odd.
Later, Rabbi Mayerfeld explained
that Rabbi Freedman was a morning
regular at the Yeshiva, where the soli-
tude of study seemed to enrich his spir-
I walked into the Yeshiva that day
:5tlittyty 350 Detroiteiii-,:or.or s the memory
warmed by the sun, but I left warmed
by the radiant energy from Rabbi
Freedman. I've always felt God planned
for us to meet. Rabbi Freedman's sim-
ple response resonates whenever I need
a spiritual elixir.
Beginning on page 58, Staff Writer
Shelli Liebman Dorfman, working with
Story Development Editor Keri Guten
Cohen, tells a beautiful story of year-
long learning in memory of Rabbi
Freedman, who died last February at
May each of us be blessed with
sparks from the spiritual energy that
lives today in Rabbi Freedman's endear-
Interfaith service brings Jews,
non Jews together with hope.
63 Tree Of Life
The wonderful story
of Tu b'Shevat.
67 Famous Fragment
Grand Rapids: sole venue
for Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit.
GAI dY efLEARNING
.'/K ‘; ' ., •
Legacy of Learning
Yearlong Torah study by 350 Detroiters
honors the memory of beloved Rabbi
Avrohom Abba Freedman.
Robert A. Sklar, editor
8 5 First Fruits
Plant a tree, cook
a meal for Tu b'Shevat.
B'nai Mitzvah .. 45
Candlelighting . . . 11
Danny Raskin . . . 82
Editor's Notebook .. 5
Out 8C About . .68
Staff Notebook . .14
Torah Portion . . . . 57
Photography, Krista Husa
Page design, Alex Lumelsky
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