web analytics
July 7, 2015 / 20 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post


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.

Current Top Story
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna.
Iran Deal to Miss Fifth Deadline
Latest Sections Stories
Grieff-070315

In the face of evil, we can do acts of kindness. We can do good deeds.

Teens-Twenties-logo

I realized that I am an integral part of that man who wished to win – I am also a part of a nation; I felt like I was standing there and shouting, “I won.”

Teens-Twenties-logo

As I powerfully belted out the song, Ani Maamin B’emunah Sheleima – which means “I believe in God with full faith” – a thought suddenly crossed my mind.

Ganz-View-From-Window-logo

I do not suggest abandoning civilization for a pristine desert island or a hilltop in Judea or Samaria.

After diamonds were discovered in South Africa in the mid-1800s, Antwerp regained its prominence as the diamond capital of the world.

Search the Internet for innovative barbeque items and you might just be surprised at what you come across.

Orlando was once a place where people came only to visit and vacation. Now it is home to a burgeoning Torah community, a place Jewish families can be proud to call home.

You’re not seeking perfection. You’re seeking a life that an average person can manage and feel good about. Don’t feel pressure to change everything at once.

The smuggler’s life has been changed forever. He is faced with a major criminal charge. He will probably be sent to prison.

In Culture Shock, readers will also come to identify with a culture from the other end of Orthodox Jewry’s spectrum.

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Executive Function Disorder (EFD) have trouble keeping themselves organized and on-task.

Our Sages have told us exactly how we should act – and how our children should act – in Pirkei Avos, Ethics of the Fathers.

A second supposed difficulty actually becomes a reason to corroborate that Amestris is Esther.

I work with the Bible in one hand and the tools of excavation in the other.

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.

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: