Torah Minute by Rabbi Moshe Katz – July 16, 2014


Jewish Inspiration in 60 Seconds or Less, by Rabbi Moshe Katz



Hope you’re having a great day.

… I consider the “Torah Minute community “ family!

And I’m asking for help.

My nephew Yehudah has had a serious set back.

His condition is very serious.

As you may remember, Yehudah suffered a serious spinal injury in a car accident.

Very few people with his level of spinal injury even survive the accident!

He was in intensive care and doctors weren’t sure if he would ever breathe on his own.

Over the last four years he has made amazing progress and has been an inspiration to people all over the world.

Yehudah is a Torah scholar and a person of tremendous faith.

The first thing he said to his wife Shaindel minutes after the accident?

I’m seriously hurt! Get people to daven (pray)!

He attributes his survival to the thousands of people all over the world that prayed for him.

And my niece Shaindel asked me to ask for your help.

Because she and Yehudah know I have told you about him.

And they feel that your prayers are very special.

So please say the following prayer for Yehudah…

“May it be Your will, L-rd my G-d, and the G-d of my forefathers, that you quickly send a complete recovery from heaven, spiritual healing and physical healing to Yehudah Pinchas son of Osna, among the others in Israel who are in need of healing.”

And there’s one more thing.

Please read this little story about that I once told you about Yehudah.

… Fast forward a year and a half after the accident?

Not only does he breathe on his own?

He talks, jokes, studies Torah and is involved in every aspect of his nine children’s lives!

(This includes giving them rides on his motorized wheel chair!)

And as you may also remember, Yehudah’s passion is teaching.

He has dedicated his life to teaching Torah to Jewish kids and adults.

Yehudah was determined to return to the classroom.

And he is now in school one period a week teaching Jewish philosophy!

… Yehudah has also regained some feeling and movement in certain areas.

In fact, he was still celebrating a pretty recent “milestone”.

One that gives him tremendous joy.

What is it that this amazing person celebrates…

He is now able to turn the pages in his prayer book!

And Yehudah told me about another milestone.

It’s about saying the Sh’ma, the Jewish declaration of faith.

“Here Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is one.”

Traditionally, to insure concentration, we cover our eyes when reciting the Sh’ma.

Yehudah told me…

“I was not able to do that.

And one day, for the first time, without assistance…

I raised my hands to my eyes.

And I was drowning in tears!”

… As excited as Yehudah is about returning to the classroom?

His biggest frustration remains that he can not, at this time, teach more.

But the truth is he teaches and inspires, by example, Jews of all backgrounds, all

over the world.

I’m honored to be one of his students!

And I would like to invite you to become his student as well!

To be inspired by him to take a small, but very meaningful, Jewish step.

A step that will connect you to thousands of years of Jewish history.

Consider taking five seconds every day to say the Sh’ma.

Think of Yehudah. Be thankful that you can raise your hands to cover your eyes.

And say…

“Sh’ma Yisroel, Adonoy Elohaynu, Adonoy e-chod.”

(If you already say the Shma daily?

Be inspired by Yehudah to say it with even more feeling!)

… Thank you!

And I hope I can share good news!

All the best,



Rabbi Moshe Katz | Director |
Chicago Torah Network | THE CTN CENTER | 2832 W. Touhy Avenue | Chicago, IL 60645
773 761 0400, ext. 201 | fax: 773 761 9262 |



  2. Charles Taub · · Reply

    That was a beautiful article on Rabbi Yehuda Simes.
    May he have a refua sheleima.

    1. Thank you very much, my dear friend

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