Nominated and written by Isabella Sax, NCSY Alumna
Throughout high school, I knew I could always count on the Friedners to always be there for me no matter the issue; whether it be a bad day or some necessary spiritual uplifting. They have inspired me with their unbelievable words of wisdom, Torah, and an incredible amount of hachnasat orchim. The Friedners have been my mentors, teachers, and friends, and even now, after my days as an NCSYer, they still play such a large part in my life. I know that they will continue to inspire others, as they have myself, for many years to come. Bottom line, they’re just all around awesome.
How did Rabbi Arieh Friedner inspire me? Where do I even begin?
For starters, Rabbi Arieh Friedner taught me that each and every person has endless potential. He taught me that nobody is ordinary, every one is capable of being extraordinary. Rabbi Arieh helped me grow up. He took me under his wing and he taught me how to strive to be the best leader I can be. I have had the privilege of watching him turn people’s lives around with my own eyes. Hearing Rabbi Arieh’s perspectives and ideas helps me know how much there is in the world to discover. Because of him, I know that this world and everything around me has so many layers, so much depth, if I just care to discover it.