I Heard a Voice // Passing along the message

By Miriam Nevel

One night eight years ago, Shloimi was asleep in bed. It was almost dawn, and he was just beginning to wake up when he heard a man’s voice say to him, very clearly, “Tell Yossi to check his mezuzos.”

Bleary-eyed, he looked around the room. There was definitely no one there, but he heard the voice again. “Tell Friedman to check his mezuzos!”

Shloimi was more than a little spooked. He was not prone to supernatural dreams, and certainly not to hearing voices. But more than that, he knew exactly who had spoken to him. Yossi Friedman was a friend. Shloimi had spent two years on a SEED program in the Midwest, and he recognized the voice as a community member he had met there. It was Yossi Friedman’s father-in-law.

Except that Yossi Friedman’s father-in-law had passed away several years earlier.
Shloimi tried to go about his day as usual. It seemed ridiculous to bother Yossi over what was probably a hallucination. He did, however, have a chavrusa that evening with one of his rebbeim, a man whose counsel he deeply respected, so he took the opportunity to ask him for advice.

“What do I do?” he asked. “As I was waking up this morning, I heard a voice ordering me to tell Yossi Friedman to check his mezuzos. It sounded just like his father-in-law. I don’t know if I’m supposed to take it seriously…should I? What if it was just my imagination?”

“You have to tell him,” his rebbe said. “His father-in-law comes to you in a dream with a message for his son-in-law, and you want to ignore it?”

So the next morning Shloimi dutifully approached Yossi. “I had a strange experience yesterday. As I was waking up, I heard the voice of your father-in-law telling me to tell you to check your mezuzos.”


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