On Monday, the students of SFW were “called to duty” by the
I.D.F. to contribute of their time and energy to help our soldiers. SFW
answered the call…. and then some!
The I.D.F. "Sar El" Division, responsible for organizing I.D.F. volunteers, contacted SFW and asked if we could help pack field rations to replenish those used during Operation Pillar of Cloud. We were told that the work was incredibly essential, very timely but also quite strenuous. We were not daunted! After more than 7 hours of tough work (and much laughter), we produced many, many boxes (the army asked us not to reveal the exact amount!) to be used, G-d forbid, in a time of crisis. Please click here for more pictures of this incredible experience!
Colonel Tiran, the commander of the base, praised our girls and their selfless efforts for the men and women of the I.D.F. He thanked the girls and said that SFW "has much to be proud of these lovely girls! They worked hard and responsibly. I cannot remember a more productive day since the Operation began." The work was indeed hard and strenuous (and, admittedly, fun). Yet it was unforgettable as well! We thank our Director of Student Programming, Elisheva Frist, for coordinating the day. And, most important, we thank our students for their kindness! Kol Hakavod!
Lewis Wienerkur, beloved Rebbe at HAFTR High School and father of SFW
alumnus Yael (Wienerkur) Schwechter (SFW ’05, ’06) visited SFW on
Tuesday night to deliver the guest sicha. With his great sense of humor and profound
insights, Rabbi Wienerkur discussed the concept of brotherhood in the Torah
using examples of brothers in Sefer Bereishit as examples: Kayin and Hevel, Shem,
Cham and Yefet and, as the paradigm for growth-oriented, outward-focused
brothers, Yosef and Binyamin.
thank Rabbi Wienerkur for his time and inspiration!
The SFW students have been responding to the situation in the south in the most beautiful, supportive and productive ways. Some examples....... - Tefilla: The girls are engaged in special tefillot and special Tehillim sessions which have naturally been focused on the soldiers in the I.D.F. and the people in the towns of the south who live under the constant threat of missilie attacks. - Round-the-Clock Learning: Many of the girls have signed up voluntarily to learn in the Beit Midrash for an hour at a time throughout the night. During the day, of course, the learning never stops at SFW. But our students wanted to ensure that the learning never stops overnight as well. Now, thanks to the tireless efforts of the wonderful girls at SFW, the lights - and the learning - never turn off in the Beit Midrash. In their merit - and in the merit of all of the learning throughout Israel and the world - we daven for a quick return of the soldiers to their homes and a safe return to normalcy for the people living in the endangered regions of the south. - Donations for the South - Girls have been donating toys, books, etc. that will supplied to certain families and to certain bomb shelters in the south. Unfortunately, these shelters are getting a lot of use these past few weeks and children - who are especially traumatized by the missile threats, have unique needs: these donations will go a long way in making their stays there (G-d willing there will be no more), much more bearable. - Tzedakah: money is being raised via a "goods and services" auction to be sent to neighborhoods in the south to help them fix up bomb shelters and buy new toys and supplies for the shelters. There is much to be proud of in the way Klal Yisrael is banding together in such wonderful ways! G-d willing, these measures will not be needed in the very near future!
On Tuesday night, Dr. Marian
Stoltze-Loike, Dean of Lander College for Women came to SFW to deliver a sicha
about interpersonal relationships and the lessons we can learn from the
relationships of the avot. We enjoyed her insightful comments and thoughtful
understanding of the narratives in Tanach.
Dr. Stoltz-Loike has been the dean of Lander College for Women/the
Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School (an undergraduate division of Touro College)
since 2005. A professor of psychology and human resources management, she
received her BA from Harvard University in psychology and social relations and
her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from NYU. A former global corporate
consultant with Fortune 100 companies, she has advised business leaders in the
U.S. and North America, Europe, Asia, and South America. She has written two
books and numerous articles relating to the maturing work force, cross-cultural
management, and work/life issues and is on the board of directors of the OU,
JCRC and AJC.
On Tuesday night, SFW Menahel Rabbi Yamin Goldsmith delivered a shiur to alumni and other students at Stern College for Women. More than 70 girls from 5 different colleges came to Stern to hear a shiur entitled "Getting Your Hands Dirty: Our Responsibility to Be Involved in The World." The shiur included a discussion - based on the Talmud Bavli and later sources - of the job of a Jewish woman and Jewish leader to be an active participant in the goings-on of our community and country even (or especially) when those activities are unpleasant or complicated. At the end of the shiur, Rabbi Goldsmith offered divrei chizuk to the college students and practical ways to continue our growth in college and at work.
On Wednesday, we
had an incredibly special and eye-opening activity during dinner. We learned and
read about the upcoming Ethiopian holiday Sigd. The
holiday, held on the 29th of Cheshvan, celebrates the Ethiopian
community’s acceptance of the Torah.
Our speaker, Shulamith, an
Ethiopian student of one of our madrichot, came to SFW to tell us all about the
holiday and about her family’s journey to Israel. We were fascinated by the
stories of her challenges and the culture clashes that occurred when they got
here. Of course, the story’s happy ending - her wonderful acclimation and integration
into Israeli society - was heartwarming as well!
Thank you to
Ruti and Elisheva for making this special event possible! Click below for more information about this holiday.....
feel together with all of our brethren who are dealing with the storm and its
aftermaths. You are not alone; we pray that you are safe and that things return
to normal as soon as possible.
speaks to us in many ways. “Ruach se'a'ra osah devaro”- a fierce wind
executes Hashem’s word. At times He speaks to us with a gentle wind; at times
with a fierce one. Everyone should contemplate what message he or she can
derive from this (not what the message is for the neighbor...).
Iyov also referred to a “Dvar Se’a’ra”. Chaz”al
comment that the word for storm (seara with the samech letter) can be
substituted for the word hair (se’ar with the letter sin). Hashem is aware of
the details of every hair on a person’s scalp- He rules over all and knows everything. This
is indeed His world, and He rules it as He sees fit.
pray that calm - and power - is restored and that we merit to many happy
occasions in the future. Together and united we stand. - Rav Yechezkel Yaakovson