There are certain moments in life in which no words are available to describe the stupendous glory of a situation. The night of January 20th, 2007 was one of those times. The anticipation rose as 1700 seminary girls filled the biggest auditorium at the Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem, each school armed with talent; each school ready to take home the prize. MMY was 12th on the list, but they neither jittered nor worried. They approached the competition with confidence and pride, hoping that no other school would be able to beat their incredible talent and ingenuity. As, one by one, the seminaries went up to perform, the girls of MMY watched, and their hearts beat collectively. At each given opportunity, the deafening MMY cheers were heard throughout the auditorium, and the flailing hand motions could not be ignored. The MMY presence was clear, and the seminary world was aware.
When it finally came time for MMY to perform, the room quieted down. The girls walked onto stage in perfect single file form. They stood in their positions and smiled at the audience, happy to be there, and ready to sing. The choir was split into two different groups. All of the girls on the left side were dressed in dark blue skirts and white tops, with various accessories implying clear American-style undertones. The right side was dressed in scarves, flowing skirts, baggy shirts, army uniforms, and other clothing that clearly suggested an Israeli background. A sign was held to the side with a giant portrayal of the Nefesh B’Nefesh logo. Their fearless leader, Shani Hochbaum, was at the front, dressed as a pilot.
The performance itself was flawless. A mix of Lev Tahor’s newest version of U’Vnei Yerushalayim blended perfectly into an original Od Yishama, put to the tune “Believe” from the movie, “Honey”. The five-part harmony and breathtaking solos sent the audience into uncontrollable excitement. The addition of dancing twins in army uniforms had the judges smiling farther than their lips could reach. All 45 members (almost half the school!) of the MMY choir snapped and danced and sang as though Mashiach were already here.
At the end of the night, all 1700 girls in the audience stood on their chairs and clapped and cheered for the top three winners. In third place was Tomer Devorah, a new school with a commendable and original performance. Second place was taken by Midreshet Harova, a school with definite spunk and talent, and very deserving of its prize. In first place was MMY. As one, the entire school danced onto the stage to receive the certificate, and continued dancing long into the night. The framed certificate will be placed with honor on the wall of the MMY office for all to see. The prize of four free hours in a recording studio will surely be put to good use, and the name of MMY 5767 will be remembered for many years to come.
A huge thank you goes to all who were involved in the ultimate success of the choir. Thank you for making the MMY family proud.