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Dancing A Holy Neshamah Back Home

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

We had just finished celebrating the High Holidays in Boca Raton. With the intensity of those days behind us, we were looking forward to visiting my family in New York. The kids were so excited and counted down the days until they would see their Bubby and Zayde, aunt, uncle, and cousins. Never did I realize that while I was deciding what clothes to pack for the Yom Tov of Sukkos, I would also be packing clothes for my father’s levayah.

The first days of Sukkos were so beautiful – all the family together, the long meals, my children fighting to sit next to their Zayde. Even the weather was perfect. The topic of conversation was my dad telling my bechor, Yoni, how happy he was to buy him tefillin for his upcoming bar mitzvah. My son would joke around with him that he should buy him a car instead. My dad would say, “A car will get you far, but tefillin will get you much further.”

My father loved shul; he would always talk about the importance of place and time in Judaism. He was saddened when one of my sons didn’t show up at shul on Shabbos Chol HaMo’ed. I explained to my father that he was just tired from staying up late the night before; my father responded, “Would he have been able to wake up on time if he was going to the Giants game, instead of to shul?” The truth is, my boys were scheduled to go to the Giants game the next morning, and I knew there is no way they would have missed it, no matter how tired they were. “Well,” said my father, “shul is more important than any Giants game where we just watch a game of players. In shul, we participate as the players. The real “Giants” are those steeped in prayer.”

The next couple of days of Chol Hamoed where amazing; we spent so much time together. We went to Hershey Park, bowling, a simchas beis hashoeva – every minute was jam-packed. Even when we got rained on at Hershey Park, my dad was able to turn it into fun. We have so many pictures and memories from that week.

I will never forget the night going right into Simchas Torah. I brought my children to shul with their flags, anticipating the highest high of the year, when we celebrate completing the Torah. My father davened mincha, followed by the rav’s shiur which was about our renewing our love for Torah constantly; even if we just completed it, there are always more levels to attain. Right after the shiur ended, my father collapsed right into my eldest son’s arms. Within seconds, Hatzolah was there. The entire shul started saying tehillim for him.

Everything after that become such a blur: my mother, my husband, and my sister went to the hospital. I went back to my sister’s home with the kids. I didn’t stop saying tehillim. I divided the chapters among everyone so we could complete the entire sefer. I didn’t give up hope. I kept telling Hashem to change the decree.

When my husband came back, I saw it was bad from the look in his eyes. I ran away from him, I didn’t want to hear him say the words. Blindly, aimlessly, I ran right into the sukkah in my sister’s backyard. I cried so hard. All our lives we learn about the sukkah being a symbol of faith in Hashem. We shake the lulav in all direction to show Hashem is everywhere, in the lows and in the highs. In my pain, I realized that I was surrounded by Hashem’s shade. I felt Hashem sending me a message, telling me not to worry, that everything happens for a reason. There, in the sukkah, I made the brachah dayan emes.

After hearing words of Torah on earth, my beautiful father went to learn Torah in the Upper World. The tefillin he so longingly wanted to give his grandson would be his own pair of tefillin.

At first, I didn’t understand how it would be possible for the shul to have hakafos in the place where my father died. But then I realized how beautiful it really was. My father was always filled with simchas hachaim, always cheering people up. He was the candy man in shul. No other day would be more appropriate for his soul to return to his Maker than Simchas Torah.

We are always so happy when a new neshamah comes down to this world and sad when it leaves when, really, it should be the opposite. My father’s neshamah was so holy–he was born on Pesach night and left on Simchas Torah. Such a wonderful neshamah deserved to be danced all the way back home. We danced for him, as his mitzvos danced for him in the Next World.

The next morning, my children danced for the Torah that my father loved. They were embraced by the whole community.

I’m so happy I had this time with my father. Even while his death has been so shocking and the pain is so raw, I pray that Mashiach will come soon. I keep getting messages from Hashem that my father is in a good place. These past weeks, the media has been talking about the rescue of the miners in Chile. Such a miracle, where people arose from underground, alive, after many days and weeks, could only parallel the real techiyas hameisim. I daven that the real techiyas hameisim be soon and that we may all be united with our loved ones again. In the meantime, I will think of my father and everything he taught me. I miss you, Daddy. Thank you for touching so many people’s lives.

May my father, Yehuda Alter ben Zion, have an aliyas neshamah.

WYHS Fashion Show

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

            The Second Annual Fashion Show and Sale – run by the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School (WYHS), a religious Zionist high school in Boca Raton, Florida – was a grand success. Organized by seniors, Alix Greenberger and Elizabeth Markovitch, the event was run to demonstrate that being fashionable and modest is possible.

 

The all-women fashion show featured student models, hair and make-up done by students, and a special singing performance by seniors Tarynn Katz and Daniella Litwin.

 

The show featured clothes from Jody’s Clothing, a Coral Springs vendor, Chewing Gum, a store in Miami Beach, and Rodeo Drive, a shop in Brooklyn that shipped clothes south for the event. Following the show, clothes from the various vendors were offered for sale to the excited crowd of students, parents, student models, and faculty.

 

Weinbaum Yeshiva High School is surely proud of all the students who made this year’s fashion show a night to remember.

 

 

 

WYHS Students Involvement In B’Lev Echad

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

    Weinbaum Yeshiva High School (WYHS), a Religious Zionist Jewish high school in Boca Raton, is participating in the B’Lev Echad Memorial Program for the eight students who were murdered during last year’s massacre at Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav in Jerusalem, Israel.

     WYHS students are learning Pirkei Avot in the merit of those who were killed.

    Rabbi Allan Houben, a Judaic Studies teacher and the assistant director of student activities explains, “By learning Mishnayot in the memory of the students from Mercaz HaRav, our students can keep in mind this great tragedy. Through the study of Torah they can be part of a worldwide event linking Jews around the globe. It is not only a fitting memorial, but hopefully a memory that will last them a lifetime.”

   The Weinbaum Yeshiva High School is located at 7902 Montoya Circle in Boca Raton, Florida.  For more information on the B’Lev Echad program please visit www.blevechad.com or contact Heather Andron at 561-417-7422. 

Weinbaum Yeshiva High School Celebrates AP Honors

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

  The Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, a Modern-Orthodox high school in Boca Raton, Florida, is one of the leading academic high schools in the region.  


 

Over the past few years WYHS students have received a multitude of Advanced Placement (AP) honors from the College Board®.   AP courses are rigorous high school courses designed to simulate a college-level class complete with a national end-of-the-year exam administered by the College Board®.

 

    This exam counts as college credit for the individual course when a student scores a 3, 4 or 5 on a 5-point scale.   The exams themselves are considered extremely challenging, drawing on a student’s comprehension of the material covered during the course, as well as their reasoning abilities.  

 

   The College Board® awards students who do exceptionally well, on more than one test, with titles recognizing their accomplishments.   An AP Scholar is a student that has an average AP score of three and has taken at least three exams.   The Weinbaum Yeshiva High School has seven students who have achieved such status during the 2007-2008 academic year: Elan Aiken, Eli Baratz, Esther Bitterman, Nonny Gross, Jeremy Hodkin, Max Singer, and Danielle Wolkowitz.

 

    A Scholar with Honors is defined as a student that achieves an average of at least 3.25 and has completed four exams.   This status is held by Alexa Bryn, Ariella Davis, Jessica Friedman, Harry Ganz, Aaron Gold, Jonathan Levenson, Daniel Shimansky, and Yocheved Tirschwell of WYHS.


 

     One of the most prestigious awards given by the College Board® is the tribute of being recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction.   These students are noted for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on five or more AP’s.  Shmuel Dresner, Joshua Kaminetsky, Shira Poliak, Michel Skura, Leah Wiznitzer, and Anosh Zaghi, all represent the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School’s top scoring AP Scholars.

 
    The academic success of the Weinbaum Yeshiva High School is clearly highlighted by the school’s outstanding achievements in the rigorous realm of Advanced Placement classes and exams. We commend our College Board® recognized students for their achievements.

Weinbaum Yeshiva High School Celebrates AP Honors

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

  The Weinbaum Yeshiva High School, a Modern-Orthodox high school in Boca Raton, Florida, is one of the leading academic high schools in the region.  

 

Over the past few years WYHS students have received a multitude of Advanced Placement (AP) honors from the College Board

Weinbaum Yeshiva High School Students Attend YUMUN

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


         Fifteen students from Weinbaum Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton, Florida, recently attended the Yeshiva University’s National Model United Nations. The YUMUN conference took place at the beautiful Sheraton hotel in Stamford, Connecticut.


 


         The Weinbaum contingent ranged from sophomores through seniors. While some were “experienced delegates,” and others were attending for the first time, the entire group had a truly enlightening and exciting experience.

 

 


WYHS students attend Yeshiva University Model United Nations event.

 

 

         The delegates spent three days passionately defending and arguing sensitive topics pertinent to their committees. The topics included nuclear war in Iran, women’s rights and world hunger.

 

         The heated debates were thought provoking and stimulating. Three members of each committee were given awards at a special ceremony following the event.

 

         The Florida attendees to YUMUN returned home with a deepened awareness of pressing world issues, and pledges to keep in touch with dozens of new friends.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/weinbaum-yeshiva-high-school-students-attend-yumun/2008/02/27/

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