Days of Remembering
Posted: May 19, 2019
It is an awesome responsibility each year to help our students connect to the deeply felt and intense days of Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut. Through lectures, films and discussions, we touch on the memories and meaning of each day, taking lessons from the past for the future. We hope students will find special meaning in being blessed to mark these days in Israel and in the holy city of Jerusalem.
Erev Yom HaZikaron, Cheryl Mandel of Alon Shvut (pictured with Rav Milston and students) spoke to our students about her son, Lieutenant Daniel Mandel, who was killedby Hamas terrorists while leading his troops into Shechem just 36 hours before Pesach in 2003. A previous talk of Cheryl's at the Midrasha can be heard by clicking here.
We were also privileged to give students the opportunity to hear Shira Ish-Ran, a past-madricha of Midreshet HaRova, speak. Shira was married last year and expecting her first child. On the last day of Chanuka this past year she and her husband were the victims of a terrorist shooting as they stood at a bus stop near the town of Ariel. We share the links here to the video and audio of her talk.
We had very full day, 24-hours on Yom HaAtzmaut, beginning with Rav Milston's Yom HaAtzmaut Address, followed by tefilla at the Kotel and very moving party in the Old City with our Israeli peers. The next, day, after a special Yom HaAtzmaut tefilla, we went on a tiyul which culminated in what all Israelis do on the chag, a 'mangal', barbeque, which for us meant a Master-Chef competition with some very unique results.
Truly amazing to experience Yom HaAtzmaut in the Land of Israel. Definitely an experience not to be forgotten!