Leib Miller

Dear Rodal family,
I am so sorry to hear that Rabbi Rodal was niftar.
Please excuse me, but my memories of Rabbi Rodal are limited, yet I still hope worth sharing.
Rabbi Rodal was a mythical figure of our childhood. I left Yeshiva Achei Temimim and Pittsburgh in 5751/1991, I have few memories of the Rodal family and in general fading memories of a childhood spent in Yeshiva A.T.
Yet I wanted to share three poignant Rabbi Rodal memories:
1: The smile(s); Behind the moustache, there were infinate versions of rebbi’s smile. The loving,  the knowing, the appreciative, the sympathetic, the humorous, the scolding, and best of all the unmitagated joyful smile. Rebbe could convey it all with love,  with simcha, without saying a word.
2: Geshmake in Gemara: i was in Rabbi Rodal’s 6th grade gemara class in 5750/1989/90. I don’t distinctly recall many specific limudim from my childhood (I spent a lot of time horsing around or in Rabbi Rosenblums office), but I clearly remember how Rebbi taught us the sixth perek of Bava Kamma ~ Hakoineis. So Geshmake. He conveyed that there was nothing more enjoyable than learning Hashem’s Torah. I actually remember him teaching certain Rashis (explaining tam and muad and why one is chayiv in shemiras memono), making certain jokes (which quarterback is mentioned in this daf? Montana/’maan’ ‘tanah’). In the intervening 26 years, I’ve learned through shas several times but my most beloved gemara is Hakoines. Girsa Diyankisa. A Rebbe’s lasting influence.
3: Sports: Of course a distant third to the others, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Rebbis passion for sports. From infusing us with Hockey to the patented ‘Rabbi Rodal pass’ which was to look one way while accurately passing the other on the rock strewn playground on 5th ave.
Years before we reached his class, everyone looked forward to having Rabbi Rodal. Most importantly, Rebbi was relatable. This hugely bearded, ever smiling, fun loving, Yiddishkeit embracing, almost childlike  tzaddik, who we all wanted to emulate.
Maybe Today’s mechanchim are trained not to bring in an actual sheep fetus or cow lung, not to make jokes during Gemara, or not to take kids to hockey games on their own time and $.
Maybe you can’t make a chinuch course that teaches genuine simchas hachaim, but they don’t make Rebbeim like Rabbi Rodal anymore.
Hamokom yinachem eschem bisoch shaar aveilei tzion Yerushalayim
Sincerely,
Leib Miller
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