Thank you so much for your feature, “Monuments to Nobility in Our Backyard” (Community section, Jan. 6, 2021).
We derived great chizuk from seeing the article about my husband, Rabbi Yehuda Simes, zt”l. As the fourth yahrtzeit of the Rolling Rabbi approaches, we are touched that he is continuing to inspire.
Though his parents, a”h, are buried on Har HaMenuchos, Yehuda wanted to be buried “in our backyard,” thus enabling him to be closer for his children to be able to daven at his kever.
A book is currently being written about the emunah, bitachon and simchas hachaim despite adversity that he epitomized.
Yehi zichro baruch.
Rabbi Yosef Gesser responds:
For those who are not aware, Rabbi Yehuda Simes, zt”l, was called “the Rolling Rabbi” because, despite being a quadriplegic after his accident, he was quoted as saying, “I like to think of myself as one who rolls with the punches, and literally, because I also roll on the wheels of my power chair,” meaning he defied his obstacles to continue to go around inspiring people.
May he be a melitz yosher for you and your wonderful family and Klal Yisrael.