Some Sad News

Some Sad News

My mom, Gladys Arak Freedman, suffered a massive stroke on Wednesday and passed away peacefully the following day. I’m on my way now to Baltimore for the funeral and shiva. I’m sure I’ll be sharing more with you about the remarkable woman my mom was, as well as an incredible story about her death–at a later point. But I will be taking a break from regular posting until Tuesday November 17th.


  1. Chanie Belinow

    Baruch Dayan Emet. I’m so sorry to hear this shocking news! May Hashem comfort you and your family! May you be reunited with your mother with the coming of Moshiach and Techiat Hametim.

  2. Baruch Dayan HaEmet. So sad to hear this. Looking forward to hearing more about your mother’s life.

  3. Baruch Dayan Ha’emes. I’m so sorry to hear this, from what you’ve written about her she was an extremely special person. May Hashem bring you comfort, and may she continue to have much nachas from you.

  4. Rachel Espinoza

    Baruch Dayan HaEmes. So shocked and sad to hear this. May you and your family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.

  5. Baruch Dayan HaEmes. I’m so sorry for your loss. May Moshiach come speedily in our days and reunite us with our loved ones.

  6. Baruch Dayan Haemes.

  7. Baruch Dayan Haemes.

  8. Dani Margolies

    Baruch dayan hemes. I am so sorry for your painful loss. I know from this blog that you so deeply loved and appreciated your mother and always looked up to her. She is moving onto the next world with SO much to be proud of. המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים

  9. Boruch Dayan Emes. Sending you strength. May her nashama have an aliyah.

  10. So sorry for your loss, wishing you much comfort and long life for you and your family

  11. Shalvi Waldman

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Baruch Dayan HaEmes. Safe and smooth travels.

  12. Janet Waller

    Baruch Dayan Emes. So sad to hear about the death of your beloved mother. May her memory be for a blessing. May her neshama have an aliyah.

  13. Baruch Dayan Haemet! So sorry to hear of your loss. May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of tzion.

  14. Baruch Dayan Haemet. So sorry for your loss 🙁 a sudden death must be very difficult for all to cope with. May HaShem comfort you and your family during these trying times!

  15. Sorah Berger

    Baruch dayin emes- I’m so sorry for your loss. She must have been such a special person, especially with a daughter like you.

  16. Boruch dayan haemes
    In this very painful period may you feel Hashem’s loving embrace.

  17. Adeena Winkler

    Hamakom yenachem eschem bsoch shear aveilei tzion virushalayim

  18. B”DE hamokem yenachem ethchem

  19. Sorry to hear this sad news. We are local, here in Baltimore, and available to provide practical support. Feel free to reach out.

  20. I am so sorry to hear about your tremendous loss! Baruch Dayan Haemes.
    Hamakom yenachem eschem besoch shear avalei tziyon virushalyim.

  21. So sorry to hear this, Chana Jenny. May HaShem send you so much comfort!

  22. Baruch Dayan Haemet! So sorry to hear of your loss. May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of tzion.

  23. Baruch Dayan Haemet! May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of tzion.

  24. Baruch Dayan HaEmet, so sorry to hear the sad news

  25. Baruch Dayan HaEmes!
    So sorry to. Hear of your loss. May Hashem comfort you among the mourners of Tzion and Yerushalayim.

  26. Dear Chana Jenny,
    Baruch Dayan Haemes!
    May you always be inspired and guided by the loving memory of your mother. She didn’t just raise you and your siblings. Women around the world have benefited from her influence because you have shared so much about her on this site. May we all only share Simchaos together from now on…

  27. Baruch Dayan Ha’emet! So sorry for your terrible loss. Your mother sounded like an amazing woman.

  28. Roberta Carasso

    Jenny, Over the years, I am sure all your readers have enjoyed reading about and seeing videos of your parents. The video about their first meeting is especially memorable.

    May you be at peace knowing that Hashem blessed you with wonderful parents and may your mother’s soul find peace in Shamyim knowing how great a mother she was on Earth, and will always be in Heaven.
    Chaya Rivka

  29. Dear Channa Jenny,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. We followers of your blog have heard such positive messages over the years about your Mum and her unconditional love and acceptance towards you. She has inspired us too.
    HaMakom yenaischem eschem bsoich avlei tzion v’Yerushalayim,

  30. Baruch Dayan Haemet.
    Chana, I’m so sorry to hear that. We’ve heard over the years a lot about what special person she was (and you’re an example). Min Hashamaim Tenachamu.

  31. Debra David

    Baruch Dayan Haemet. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Hamakom Yenacheim Etchem btoch shear avelei tzion vYerushalayim

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