Moshe Reiss Remembers Yossie Yurowitz A’H

It was a frigid Friday night but what I was about to see warmed me to my core. We were all in shul singing L’cho Dodi.  As we started Boie B’shalom I turned around and saw something truly beautiful. A father with his arm wrapped around his son, with a smile ear to ear dancing to welcome in the Shabbos Malkah. This was the essence of Yossie.

He would always say if you do something  do it right.

Don’t just say L’cho Dodi like a zombie. Sing and dance with enthusiasm.  Show how happy and excited you are to welcome Shabbos Kodesh. Yossie had a simcha and a geshmak in doing all mitzvos.

I have a debt of gratitude to Yossie I must share. When I first joined our shul Yossie would continuously nudge me to join the morning daf yomi shiur. After months of excuses I couldn’t take his constant attacks anymore and decided to give it a try.  I had the zechus to sit next to Yossie for close to three cycles of daf yomi.

I can honestly say Yossie’s persuasiveness changed my life!

Sitting next to Yossie for all those years. He always had a vort or a story on the parsha or tefilah. From the Ohr Hachaim Hakodosh to Rav Elazar Abuhatzeira he said it with such excitement. He was always working on one project or another. My mornings are not the same without Yossie at my side.  He is truly missed.

Moshe Reiss

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