web analytics
August 23, 2014 / 27 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



The Match That Set The World Ablaze

Teens-011312

At an NCSY Shabbaton a few weeks after Mo passed away, the goal of 1,000 hours to be learned in his memory proved laughable as close to 25,000 hours were committed. A role model without equal.

One of the most difficult challenges I have ever faced was the balancing act. I try to walk the fine line of living as a Jew, a ben Torah, while simultaneously accepting that living in America is not like living in a shtetl, and somehow making it all work. It’s a challenge, and one I suspect I will not overcome for a long while yet. Mo, on the other hand, did it, did it right, and did it seemingly without effort. When it comes to people as well, I have yet to accept everyone completely, as they are, and still love them. Mo, again, walked that line of being accessible, and in touch, with everyone.

The last speaker at the seudas yarzheit was Rav Fischel Shechter, a well-known face within the walls of Ohr Yitzchok, the yeshiva Mo called home. Rav Shechter pointed out that there are two times we have a mitzvah to put up a chuppah: at a wedding and at a Hachnasas Sefer Torah. These two mitzvos are the first and last mitzvos in the Torah: p’ru u’r’vu and writing a sefer Torah. It’s up to us; it’s our responsibility, to make a chuppah over the rest of the mitzvos.

Chazal teach that each and every one of us is a letter in the Torah. By doing mitzvos and living our lives as good Jews, we light up our letter and it shines. Rav Shechter quoted the Derech Hashem that says, sometimes the reason a neshama comes back to this world isn’t to brighten his own letter, but to brighten others’.

That’s Mo. His entire life was about chesed and helping others in any way he could. It may have been about Judaism, sometimes it was just schoolwork, firsthand I experienced his hand in shidduchim, and in life, Mo was there.

Amongst the many reasons, undoubtedly, that Mo was here was to shine light into others’ lives. He succeeded, more than even he could have ever possibly believed while he was with us. Now it’s up to us to perpetuate everything he was, in ourselves. He jumpstarted many of us, now we have to take what he taught us and let it grow, so one day we can join with him and Moshiach, bimheira biyameinu amen.

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 “The Match That Set The World Ablaze”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
4 yr old Israeli Daniel Tregerman, murdered by Hamas rocket on Aug. 22, 2014.
IDF: Israeli Toddler Murdered by Rocket Fired Near UNRWA School/Shelter
Latest Sections Stories
Teens-082214

As they fall upon us we go
To the WALL.

Twenties-082214-Girls

One minute you’re shaving shwarma off a pit, then the shwarma guy tells you he read a (fake) WhatsApp that the boys are dead.

Lewis-082214-Gaon

I probe a little deeper and Shula takes me into the world of phantom pains and prosthetic limbs.

Astaire-082214-Main

This went on until she had immersed eighty times, and then Hashem at last took pity upon her.

Because Menachem lives in Israel, he can feel the ruach in the air.

Perhaps you can reach a compromise during this news frenzy, whereby you will feel more comfortable while he can still follow the latest events.

Leon experienced the War of Independence from a soldier’s perspective, while remaining true to his Jewish ideals and beliefs.

Chabad of Arizona centers recently hosted an evening of remembrance to mark the 20th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

A CPE class at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn was tailor made for Orthodox participants.

“I didn’t choose the landscape; it chose me.”

Woe to us that we have to be put to death like common heathen and murderers!

More Articles from Avi Janowski
Teens-011312

Watching people a few hundred feet up in the air, walking or bicycling on a string has always astonished me. Regardless of the science behind it (using a long pole as a means of forcing one’s center of gravity onto the string) does nothing to subtract from the magnificence of the act.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/magazine/teens-twenties/the-match-that-set-the-world-ablaze/2012/01/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: