Friday, October 23, 2009

Happenings at the Yeshiva


As you all know, this has been a very sad week for those close to us here at the yeshiva. Davidi Jonas, our fourth-year semikha student, and Howard Jonas, longtime friend and supporter of the yeshiva and chairman of our board, suffered the passing of Irwin Jonas, alav ha'shalom, Davidi's grandfather and Howard's father. During the funeral on Sunday, the character of the man was evident in all the words that were spoken and - more meaningfully - in his children and grandchildren who, in their ehrlicheit and menschlicheit, are living testaments to him every day. We extend our nechama to Howard, Davidi, and the whole family. Hamakom yenachem otam b'toch she'ar avalei Tzion vi'Yerushalayim. Yehei zikhro baruch.

There was happiness in our yeshiva family these last two weeks as well. Davidi and Natalie Jonas gave birth to a baby girl last week, and we eagerly await the naming ceremony and finding out her new name. We hope that this new child brings much joy to Davidi, Natalie, and both of their families. Shetizku li'haknish li'Torah li'chuppah u'li'ma'asim tovim.

And to fill our compliment of smachot, on Sunday, our student Josh Frankel was married to Rachel Berger in Brooklyn and our musmach, Rabbi Alex Kaye, together with his wife who is the Educational Director of Congregation Shearith Israel, Lynn Kaye, officiated at the ceremony. Josh and Rachel celebrated a sheva brakhot lunch with us on Tuesday. Because of my insistence to use non-disposable cups for sheva brakhot (and kiddush, etc.), we made sheva brakhot with the only available cups - 2 ceramic cups which held 12 ounces each. Thank God we only had do drink a few ounces and not the majority of the cup! Shetizku livnot bayit ne'eman bi'Yisrael.

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