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Wedding w Elisheva Taragin

Elisheva Taragin, MMY student, to the left behind the bride, in lavender.

Normally, MMY does not celebrate Thanksgiving as a school event. This year, however, we “celebrated” a very unusual kind of Thanksgiving. In theme with the current challenges and resulting tragedies, the entire Yeshiva and Seminary world gathered together at Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh, to pay tribute to Ezra Schwartz, HY”D, the recent young victim of yet another cruel act of terrorism. In a juxtaposition that only Am Yisrael is capable of, the entire contingency of young adults boarded busses straight from the Azkara (memorial event) to attend the wedding of Ariel Biegel and Sarah Techiya Litman, whose father and brother were murdered just two weeks earlier.

Rabbi Katz recounts the following:

"‘Tov Lalechet El Beit Evel M'lechet El Beit Mishteh’ - It is better to go to a house of mourning than to a house of joy.  The wisest of all men, Shlomo Hamelech, obviously knew what he was talking about. But he also wasn’t in MMY last week - so I would like to paraphrase that Pasuk in Kohelet (7:2). ‘Tov Lalechet Gam L’beit Evel Ul'beit Mishteh’ - it is best of all to go to both in the same day.  But really , and maybe unique to Israel, it is best to go to a house of mourning which can also be a house of joy - even if that seems like a contradiction. Sad realities are still sad. But, to quote Rav Meir Lichtenstein's D’var Torah from the Azkara (quoting his grandfather – Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitxhik, Z”L), we don’t squelch the sadness. But it is up to us what we do with it.

I can only speak personally - but only every so often does one participates in an event that has so much impact that it can be life-changing. In my 20 plus years in MMY I can identify a few such events. That Thursday night was for sure one of those few.”

Serena Shmulewitz, and Aliza Hersch, current students at MMY, describe the feelings that were colliding within as they made the transition from one place to the other.

Read more: A Different Brand of Thanksgiving- From Mourning to Celebration

Mali Brofsky

By: Mrs. Mali Brofsky

 

What does Chanuka mean to you?

When it comes to Chanuka, we are all aware of the concept of pirsumei nisa – the obligation to publically commemorate the miracle of Chanuka, which we fulfill by lighting our candles and placing them in a window with a view to the public sphere. But to whom are we doing the publicizing? Who is the audience?

According to Rav Moshe Feinstein, it is clear that we are publicizing the miracle of Chanuka to our fellow Jews. Indeed, Rav Moshe believes that if one publicizes the miracle to non-Jews only, one does not fulfill the mitzva of pirsumei nisa!

Read more: Pirsumei Nisa- Inward or Outward?

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