By Hannah Ash
I had the tremendous opportunity to give a shiur at MMY last week for our weekly Thursday night Mishmar. I gave the shiur L’ilui Nishmat Avi Mori, Dr. Jeffrey Ash. My father became closer to Hashem through his profession, so I knew that discussing the practice of medicine and halacha would be a perfect way to honor his memory.
I discussed the relationship between faith in G-d and reliance on doctors. Although the preparation made me nervous, I was excited to understand what it means to give a forty five minute shiur which not only required textual learning, but also a source sheet that I compiled myself. The work was challenging but knowing that I had an amazing slew of resources- my teachers, friends, and all the incredible sefarim in the beit midrash- made that work less daunting.
History Channel that is. Every year MMY organizes fun and meaningful programs for the girls who stay in Israel during Pesach break. One of the pre-Pesach activities this past year was spending the day doing important volunteer work at The Temple Sifting Project. A documentary which was broadcast on both the History Channel and BBC explains how the organization depends on their volunteers to help sift through piles of sacred dirt from Har Habayit that holds 3,000 years of Jewish history.