by Talya Molotsky

yom hashoah picMMY unanimously sang the praises of Mrs.Eisenman, our guest speaker (click here to listen) for Yom Hashoah.

Mrs. Eisenman  was sent to us by "The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel" (an amazing organization started by holocaust survivors to assist needy survivors in israel and enable them to live with dignity - for more information click here) and the Jerusalem Municipality.  Mrs. Eisenman works with the Foundation to address the issue of loneliness of survivors.

A child survivor of Auschwitz,  Dr. Mengele, and numerous other terrors of the Shoah, Mrs. Eisenman came to tell over some of her experiences.  Girls described Mrs. Eisenman as "inspiring" and "brave" and were particularly impressed with her thoughts about God and her experiences. She described that she does not believe in God; she said it's not a matter of belief because she lives with God every second and He is a part of her.  She is a prime example of someone with "Emunah Pshutah," an extremely high level of faith in God.

Read more: Holocaust Survivor Speaks for Yom HaShoah

Negev - Zacharti Lach
Photo Credit: Aviyah Rosenwasser

We just came back from an awesome tiyul to the Negev!

On Wednesday morning, January 30, we got up incredibly early in the morning, boarded busses while still completely dark outside, and by the time we woke up in the morning we were already at Kibbutz Yotvata, just outside of Eilat!  After breakfast and Shacharit we climbed Har Tzfachot.   The view of the Gulf of Eilat from the top was absolutely breathtaking!  In the afternoon, we took a boat ride and got to participate in some incredible water sports.  After a delicious BBQ dinner cooked by our own building manager Nati Stark, we had a free night to enjoy Eilat's tourist area.

The next day we hiked in Ein Ketura.   It was an incredible hike, made particularly interesting by the fact that we experienced a quite unusual heavy rain and hail storm in the middle of the desert!  Since it was raining, Mrs. Katz changed our afternoon activity and we had a choice of bowling or ice skating.  We drove at night to Yerucham, and on Friday we hiked in the Machtesh Hagadol (also beautiful views!), and went camel riding!  As Sarit descovered, camels sure are funny animals!

We spent Shabbat in Yerucham, heard a shiur from Rabbi Haber about whether the Negev and Eilat are part of halachic Eretz Yisrael, and took a walking tour where we learned about the history of development towns, the social problems there and the very inspiring movement to help rehabilitate these towns.   We also got to daven at the local Hesder Yeshiva, which is a very important part of this movement.

It was amazing!    Click here for more photos!


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