October 29, 2014 – 5 Cheshvan 5775

My “saying kaddish stress” continues. It is simply incredible how much time I have spent this week trying to coordinate flights, business meetings and minyanim. I am exhausted from the effort.

Columbus turned out fine. I flew in very late Monday night after davening maariv in Silver Spring. I was up at 5:30 am Tuesday morning so that I could drive to shul in Columbus for shachris. I lucked out and was able to leave Columbus mid-afternoon which enabled me to make mincha maariv in Silver Spring. One trip down; three more to go.

I thought I had my California trip next week all figured out but had to start all over when the most critical mid-day flight I needed was sold out. So instead of flying to San Francisco on Monday from St. Louis, where I will be for Shabbos, I will now have to daven mincha in St. Louis early Sunday afternoon, then fly back Sunday afternoon to DC, daven maariv at the late minyan in Silver Spring and fly to San Francisco on Monday night. I do not see how it will be possible for me to make a maariv minyan on Monday given the available flight times so I will try and see if I can get the Agudah minyan to learn a mishna after mincha on Monday so that I can say an extra kaddish after mincha. As for Tuesday in San Francisco, I have contacted a Chabad shaliach to see if he can help with minyanim. I have a very tight afternoon business schedule and I will need G-d’s help if I am to succeed in finding/making a mincha minyan. I will take a red-eye back so that I can go straight to the late minyan in Silver Spring on Wednesday morning.

Tomorrow I will be in New York and one would think that those arrangements would be stress free – but they are not. I can’t take as early a train as I would like because of shachris. Amazingly, mincha has worked out because there is a minyan at the office where I have a meeting at 2 pm. I then have a 4 pm meeting and need to end in time to make a 6 pm train so that I can be sure to make the late maariv minyan in Silver Spring.

Just another day in the life of an aveil saying kaddish.

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