web analytics
September 18, 2014 / 23 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Detroit Students Make History At Hidon HaTanach



“The eight finalists include Elizabeth Goldmeier, Yeshivat Akiva, Southfield, Michigan; Dovi Nadel, Yeshivat Akiva, Southfield, Michigan”


According to the Jewish Agency for Israel, it was the first time that two students from the same school finished among the eight finalists in the Hidon HaTanach competition, an academic decathlon where young men and women worldwide demonstrate their mastery of the Bible.


The next two rounds would decide who would win the coveted titles, “World master of the Bible and runner-up awardees.” Historically, these top places have been captured by Israeli students who, admittedly, enjoy “home court advantage.”


After a grueling round of 20 questions, delivered by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the names of the awardees were read.


“And this year’s second runner-up is Dovi Nadel, from Yeshivat Akiva in Southfield, Michigan.”


The young man walked to center stage and accepted his award, shyly acknowledging the thunderous applause. He was totally oblivious to the cheers of his bleary-eyed friends and classmates an ocean away – who watched the proceedings at 4 a.m. that morning. Dovi and Elizabeth had made history, and their friends could not be prouder.


It has been a long road for 15-year-old Dovi and 18-year-old Elizabeth. A year ago they bested some 400 contestants from across the United States, earning the privilege of representing their country at this year’s competition.


They spent the past year poring over hundreds of chapters of Biblical text under the guidance of their teacher and mentor, Rabbi Pinchas Amior. At the end of April, they flew to Israel as part of a group of 70 young scholars representing a diverse geographical and religious spectrum. A May 2 qualifying exam eliminated all but the 16 students who stood on the stage of the Jerusalem Theater on the anniversary of Israel’s 60th year of independence. They answered a battery of questions in a ceremony broadcast live on Israeli television.


Over approximately the past 40 years, the Hidon has become part of the national celebration of Israel’s independence. It is held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., so Israeli families can enjoy the glittering, star-studded event before leaving for their barbecues in the parks – another Yom HaAtzmaut tradition. The event is coordinated jointly by the Ministry of Education and the IDF. What more appropriate way to celebrate Israel’s independence than by highlighting not only its military prowess, but its intellectual prowess, as well?


At the opening of the Hidon, the TV moderator reminded the audience that when David Ben-Gurion, speaking before the Peel Commission, was asked to validate the claim of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, he drew from his pocket a worn copy of the Tanach and announced, “Right here is our deed to this land!” Israel’s first prime minister, a secular Jew, understood that more than a shared history and common language, it is the Bible that defines and unites the Jewish people. This was clearly evident, as Jewish youth from every part of the world and from every point of the religious spectrum shared a platform and forged friendships that could otherwise never have come about.


“The most exciting part for me,” Elizabeth said, “was meeting kids from all over who loved Tanach as much as I do Boys and girls my age who spoke languages that I did not understand, but were fluent in the language of Torah.”


“It was like kibbutz galuyot, the ingathering of the exiles,” Dovi added. “You really sensed the shared heritage of our people – acheinu kol beit Yisrael. It took no time for all of us to feel like family.”


The televised final awards and presentation by Prime Minister Olmert can be viewed at www.inn.co.il/News/News.aspx/174822.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Detroit Students Make History At Hidon HaTanach”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Sen. Ted Cruz acts senate for unanimous consent to pass the Expatriate Terrorist Act. Sept. 18, 2014.
Ds Reject Voting to Strip Citizenship From US Jihadi ISIS Volunteers
Latest Sections Stories
A-Night-Out-logo

While we all go to restaurants for a good meal, it is dessert, that final taste that lingers in your mouth, that is the crown jewel of any dining experience and Six Thirteen’s offerings did not disappoint.

Today, fifty years and six million (!) people later, Israel is truly a different world.

There will always be items that don’t freeze well – salads and some rice- or potato-based dishes – so you need to leave time to prepare or cook them closer to Yom Tov and ensure there is enough room in the refrigerator to store them.

In Uzbekistan, in the early twentieth century, it was the women who wore the pants.

This is an important one in raising a mentsch (and maybe even in marrying off a mentsch! listening skills are on the top of the list when I do shidduch coaching).

While multitasking is not ideal, it is often necessary and unavoidable.

Maybe now that your kids are back in school, you should start cleaning for Pesach.

The interpreter was expected to be a talmid chacham himself and be able to also offer explanations and clarifications to the students.

“When Frank does something he does it well and you don’t have to worry about dotting the i’s or crossing the t’s.”

“On Sunday I was at the Kotel with the battalion and we said a prayer of thanks. In Gaza there were so many moments of death that I had to thank God that I’m alive. Only then did I realize how frightening it had been there.”

Neglect, indifference or criticism can break a person’s neshama.

It’s fair to say that we all know or have someone in our family who is divorced.

More Articles from Pessie Busel Novick

Each year, at the Pesach Seder, we enumerate the kindnesses that Hashem bestowed upon our ancestors. Has there ever been a population of slaves that was redeemed in so glorious a way – their oppressors punished, their physical exertion remunerated, their system of beliefs revealed Divinely, their nationhood established in the land they were promised centuries before?

Each year, at the Pesach Seder, we enumerate the kindnesses that Hashem bestowed upon our ancestors. Has there ever been a population of slaves that was redeemed in so glorious a way – their oppressors punished, their physical exertion remunerated, their system of beliefs revealed Divinely, their nationhood established in the land they were promised centuries before?

“The eight finalists include Elizabeth Goldmeier, Yeshivat Akiva, Southfield, Michigan; Dovi Nadel, Yeshivat Akiva, Southfield, Michigan”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/detroit-students-make-history-at-hidon-hatanach/2008/06/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: