Rabbi Rodel was a great man.
He was my 2nd or 3rd grade hebrew/jewish studies teacher. I still remember some of the Talmud lessons I learned from him. In the 30 to 40 years since that time, I cannot say that I had to pay my neighbor a monetary sum for my Ox goring another animal on their property. I also do not recall having to figure out how to split a coin that I saw on the road at the same time as someone else. But I have used those same lessons in life and business my entire life since that point in grade school to interact honestly and form relationships with people.
I have to admit, that as much as I value the intellectual lessons I learned from Rabbi Rodel as a teacher, I learned a lot more from him as a person. He was always full of life and full of jokes. He was always smiling and happy. He was also a great athlete, quarterback and goal keeper although he had a few years on me. I spent my share of Shabbat’s at his house including one when we stumbled/ stepped upon a bee hive while playing. He also raising an amazing family that is continuing his work and he helped educate the families of countless others.
Rabbi Rodel, you will be sorely missed, but your deeds and ripple effect of your influence will stay on with us forever.