Baruch Dayan Ha’Emes: Rabbi Moshe Friedman, 36

After two years of tremendous suffering, Rabbi Friedman wasted away to the point that he was barely recognizable.

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Heartbreaking images surfaced this week of the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Friedman, a 36-year-old father of three.

Friedman passed away recently after an arduous battle with cancer, which spread from his lungs to other organs of his body. Rabbi Friedman's wife Chava remained at his side throughout his illness, while raising their three children, two of whom are suffering from epilepsy.

After two years of tremendous suffering, Rabbi Friedman wasted away to the point that he was barely recognizable. Once a young, smiling man with a bushy brown beard, recent images show a pale, thin man in a wheelchair. In stark contrast to this image, his sons, with tears streaming down their rosy cheeks and flowing blond peyos, stammered through 'kaddish' at his funeral procession. It was a painful collision of youthful & sick, life & death, the future and the past. Though Rabbi Friedman’s life has come to a close, his children's futures have yet to be written.

Chava’s relief with the realization that her husband is finally free of his pain, as well as her crushing grief and sense of helplessness are apparent to all in the family’s emergency fund page. She is now a young woman left to singlehandedly raise her children, managing their medical needs, while mourning the loss of her partner in life.

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