Jun 11, 2017
Mrs. Miriam Friedman, 101, OBM

Rebbetzin Miriam Friedman of Crown Heights, matriarch of the large Friedman family, passed away this morning.

Rebbetzin Miriam Friedman of Crown Heights, the matriarch of the Friedman family of Chasidim and Shluchim, passed away on Sunday, 17 Sivan 5777.

She was 101 years old.

Rebbetzin Friedman was the wife of Rabbi Yaakov Moshe hakohain Friedman, the well-known chasid and ish hachessed.

She is survived by four generations of chasidim and shluchim, including her children, Mrs. Fay Kranz-Greene, long time shlucha to Richmond, VA, Rabbi Manis Friedman, shliach to S. Paul, MN, Mrs. Ita Marcus, shlucha to Los Alamitos, CA, Rabbi Benzion Friedman, shliach to Kansas City, KS, Rabbi Alter Eliyohu Friedman, shliach to Tzfas, Rabbi Shlomo Friedman of Tzach in Crown Heights, Rabbi Yosef Boruch Friedman of Kehos Publication Society in Crown Heights, and Rabbi Abraham (Avraham Fried) Friedman of Crown Heights.

The Levaya will take place Monday 11:00 am at Shomrei Hadas, passing 770 Eastern Parkway at 12:00pm.

Shiva will take place at 701 Montgomery street.

Shachris at 8:30am and 9am.

Daytime visits requested to be from after shachris until 12:30pm and from 1:30-6:00pm.

Mincha at 7:30 and 7:45.

Maariv bizman. (9pm).

Baruch Dayan Haemes.


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1
BDE
Just goes to show, how one person can add so much to the world. Between all her kids, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, there was a big impact in this world
(6/11/2017 1:57:03 PM)
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Boruch Dayan Emes
Must have been quite a woman with such illustrious children. May the family be comforted and may we share good news.
(6/11/2017 2:27:37 PM)
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BDE
The most regal woman I ever met! An amazing person.
(6/11/2017 2:33:53 PM)
4
A true Eishes Chayil
Mrs. Friedman personified the true Eishes Chayil, in every sense of the word.
She will be sorely missed.
(6/11/2017 2:55:54 PM)
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A true Eishes Chayil
Mrs. Friedman was a true Eishes Chayil.
In every sense of the word.
The world won't be the same without her.
Baruch Dayan haEmes.
(6/11/2017 3:15:53 PM)
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An Adopted Friedman

In Honor of a Great Woman.

We are all shackled to overlord of time and although I know that things never stay the same, it is sad to have learned of the passing of Miriam Tzimmel Friedman - fondly known to me as Bubby Friedman.

For many Baalei Teshuvas, we made and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice of changing our lives in order to become a part of something so much bigger. Why? My initial sight of the Friedman family sitting together at a royal Shabbos meal, singing in the most harmonious of ways, with smiles - laughter and a smattering of Torah thoughts to lighten the soul, it was all this that conjured up the incredible feeling of connection - family connection. I had said to myself at that time, this is what I want for myself, for my future and for my posterity.

Yet, as most Baalei Teshuvas, being IN a community such as Crown Heights is not the same as being PART of a community. Maybe its just a part of the BT mindset, but somehow we always feel on the periphery. Ive often thought that there are 3 basic concentric circles within the frum community. Those on the inner circle that are the core. They are the ones that have a genealogy of long family ties to both Chabad and Judaism that stretch back many generations. Those on the outside circle who are affiliated with all that is good about Chabad and Judaism, while still retaining at a level of mere club like status. Belonging in name recognition, as if they are spectators of a successful sports team. Watching but never playing.

Then there are those that are on the next middle circle. Those that have strived to fit in, at least through a change of their outer garb, while earnestly working on the inner garb as well. Doing what they can to be a player and hopeful for their turn to make a worthy contribution. These are the Baalei Teshuva. Ive spoken with a great deal of fellow Baalei Teshuvas on this and it seems that many of us have the same perspective on the 3 Circles. Sort of the middle child syndrome - not knowing our own part as it relates to the whole.

Even though it has been more than 35 years, there is a special significant memory of my time with Bubby & Zeidy Friedman that Id like to share. This recollection is like additional cord of rope that has tied my neshama to this incredible family.

Many times, while I visited them in their home, there were many strangers that came to collect tzedaka from them. It seemed that Zeidy Friedmans reputation for helping all those in need had spread and they were frequented time and time again. When these strangers came in and upon seeing me in their house, they would inquire as to my relationship.

Is this your son?, they would ask. Without hesitation, Bubby would always reply, Yes, of course.

She didnt say, hes a visitor or hes a friend of the family. She plainly said, hes family!

Being on the middle circle of spiritual limbo, I can say that these words of Bubby, although so simply spoken, provided an incredible feeling of belonging. Im sure they have done the same for so many others as well. Besides my incredible gratitude towards Bubby & Zeidy, AH, for all the important years of my youth in which they provided a warm home - where I was provided both spiritually and physically, I am most grateful - especially to Bubby - who made me feel a part of something so much bigger. Something rich, warm and enduring.

Although I dont think I will ever succeed in the way that Zeidy and Bubby did, I do know that it was at this time, around 17 years of age, that I committed myself to strive to reach this paradigm example of family.

There is a saying of our Chazal that "Reviewing ones studies 101 times ensures that they will not be forgotten."
All of the 101 years of Bubby Friedman were instilled with meaning, thoughtfulness and kindness - she surely will not be forgotten. What we are is HaShems gift to us, what we become is our gift to HaShem. Bubby Friedman was not only a gift to HaShem, but to so many of us - especially to me. S.G. (an adopted Friedman)
(6/11/2017 4:09:26 PM)
7
Babenyu... 8th Day.... Everybody Sing Along...


LyricsKrenitz (Babinyu)

8th Day

Every morning from the kitchen where she's cooking
My Bubbe she tell you your good lookin
The kids, they'll play you patche hentelach
The Bubbe, she'll make you fish and kneidlach

But the baker and the butcher, they're so lonely
My Bubbe, the kettle's whistle for me
My shtetl Krenitz is calling your name

Der Bubbe zoil zein gezunt un freilach

My shtetl is calling

But there ain't no highway back to Krenitz
There ain't no train inside this ride
I close my eyes and say Hello L.A.
Welcome to the shtetl of mine

Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Ay, ay, ay, my shtetl's calling
Shpillin shoin klezmuranlach Naba shoin kneidlach Der Bubbe zoil zein gezunt un freilach


Everyone's your friend in this cobblestone land Everybody seems to know your Bubbe They'll see the wine and vacation with you And then they'll send regards to Shloime

But the baker and the butcher, they're so lonely My Bubbe, the kettle's whistle for me My shtetl Krenitz is calling your name My shtetl is calling


But there ain't no highway back to Krenitz There ain't no train inside this ride I close my eyes and say Hello L.A. Welcome to the shtetl of mine Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Ay, ay, ay, my shtetl's calling Shpillin shoin klezmuranlach Naba shoin kneidlach Der Bubbe zoil zein gezunt un freilach But there ain't no highway back to Krenitz And there ain't no train inside this ride I close my eyes and say Hello L.A. Oh, welcome to the shtetl of mine Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Ay, ay, ay, my shtetl's calling Shpillin shoin klezmuranlach Naba shoin kneidlach Der Bubbe zoil zein gezunt un freilach Ach v'kayom Babenyu Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Ay, ay, ay, my shtetl's calling Shpillin shoin klezmuranlach Naba shoin kneidlach Der Bubbe zoil zein gezunt un freilach Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Ay, ay, ay, my shtetl's calling Shpillin shoin klezmuranlach Naba shoin kneidlach Der Bubbe zoil zein gezunt un freilach Ach v'kayom Babenyu Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Ay, ay, ay, my shtetl's calling Shpillin shoin klezmuranlach Naba shoin kneidlach Der Bubbe zoil zein gezunt un freilach Bubbe, Bubbe Babenyu Bubbe, Bubbe it's up to you Bubbe, Bubbe show em you're still cooking, yeah yeah Shpillin shoin klezmuranlach Naba shoin kneidlach Der Bubbe zoil zein gezunt un freilach

(6/11/2017 4:46:19 PM)
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BARUCH DAYAN HA'EMES...
With our warmest condolences to Ita (&family); Rabbi Manis (& family); Rabbi Avrom (& family); & all the Friedman siblings & their families. You were K"H ALL BLESSED to have your mom in your lives for all these long years.
May you all be granted strength from the Aibeshter to help you through your period of grief; & may only continued Simchas & Nachas fill your homes.
Love,
Hessel & Miriam Kessler & family
(South Africa-Irvine-Long Beach-LA)
(6/11/2017 4:47:32 PM)
9
Bde
Mrs Friedman was such a regal woman with such class and wisdom and raised a beautiful family form whom she had so much Nachas.
Always a smile and a good kind word she will be missed by everyone!
(6/11/2017 5:42:46 PM)
10
Shoshanna Silcove
Baruch Dayan Emes. Sad news.....
(6/11/2017 6:31:24 PM)
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BDE
May her Neshama have an Aliyah and be a bracha for all of her great children.
(6/11/2017 8:38:02 PM)
12
So sorry for your loss!
A very special lady - to have raised such a beautiful family - what a bracha! She will be missed!
(6/11/2017 10:25:52 PM)
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BDE MHM Now!!!
(6/11/2017 11:36:46 PM)
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A real yiddishe Mame
BD"H
I remember, Avremel as bochur she was accompanied him in his tours overseas(in Paris, France) for ever to have an eye on him and not leave him alone with the nisoyon it would have been etc
(6/12/2017 12:35:45 AM)
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yossi stern
So sorry to hear, BDE, I knew her husband well many years ago, he was one of the finest and most aidle man I've known, I had the zechus to have met Mrs Friedman on on occasion, a refine woman cut from a special cloth. May hashem give their neshoms aliyas.
(6/12/2017 7:20:42 AM)
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miryam
i am a witness of the holiness of 701 montgomery. Definitely Mrs. Friedman was Queen Mother. But i have never seen such an incredible devoted family. Reb Shloime and BROCHA are just tzadikim, Fay (didja think i'd forget u? ) ALL the einiklach, the dignity in which mrs. Friedman lived!!!!!!!!!!! Hashem should repay you all with nachas from your children, and I am sure they are better for they saw how you treated YOUR mother.
(6/12/2017 8:20:03 AM)
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Elizabeth SH
I have the privilege of knowing one of her granddaughters, Rebbetzin Fruma Perlstein, shlucha to Salem, Oregon, and her seven wonderful children. Rebbetzin Friedman's legacy is clearly perpetuated in this family, as I'm sure it is by all her grandchildren. Her memory will continue to bless many, many people for generations to come.
(6/12/2017 12:51:49 PM)
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Yehuda Reichman
Baruch Dyan Haemes I'll never forget her.
(6/13/2017 12:46:50 PM)
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big Z Schapiro
BDE
(6/13/2017 5:33:17 PM)
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True Shleimus
Mrs. Friedmans ah extraordinary middos and regal demeanor was so memorable, that one almost forgets that behind her mild and eidel façade there was a person with an extraordinarily keen and perceptive mind. A true mushlam in both mochin and midos.
(6/13/2017 8:44:12 PM)
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To comment #6
Wow I am so moved by this comment. That is beautiful. So many baalei teshuva and even children of baalei teshuva are SEARCHING for belonging. Its the most painful and heartbreaking thing to feel like you dont belong. Many have decided to "deal with it" but in truth if you want to have ahavas yisroel towards a yid in a huge huge way: do what Bubbie Friedman did. Simply accept and embrace another person into a little bit of your space, which is not so simple but will move mountains for people and change lives and generations of yidden that will come from these heilelige baalei teshuva of our generation. I am so so inspired by what I just read. Yidden! Lets embrace eachother. This galus us too long! There are too many people suffering and we need our Rebbe back already. Lets let go of our sshtickad realize that and that what Hashem desperately wants is for his children to love one another. What the Rebbe wants is that we be b'achdus.
There is a good amount of seminary girls, bachurim, young couples-- all the next generation of chassidim and shluchim, some of which are baalei teshuva or children of baalei teshuva who dont have family there. Make it your business to reach out to them a bit.
Lchaim!
Moshiach now!
(6/16/2017 6:30:46 AM)
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To the Friedman family

Yisroel and Gutel Edelman
(6/16/2017 4:46:23 PM)
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