Friday, March 14, 2014
Message from the Rosh HaYeshiva
Purim Samayach! I hope your fasts went well and I can only assume that you are well into your preparations for Purim and all its attendant excitement. Purim is truly a galus holiday - one that began with the Jewish people heavily assimilated into the surrounding culture and society, but that ended with a strong affirmation of Jewish identity and with celebrations to strengthen that sense of communal identity and unity: taking care of the poor, exchanging gifts, and feasting and rejoicing together. Let us try to take a moment out from all the hubbub this Purim to reflect on the reality of these challenges today: the degree of assimilation and alienation of so many of our people, and the ways in which our bickering and infighting are constantly pulling us apart. Let us strive to see God's hand in our lives and to commit to cultivating opportunities to bring us together, to strengthen our bonds, and to express and act on our responsibility for all of our Klal Yisrael.