HACHNOSAT 8 SIFREI TORAH by ANONYMOUS DONOR FOR 8 KEDOSHIM
On Rosh Chodesh Adar, on the Yahrzeit of the 8 Kedoshim, 5 from the Yashlatz Yeshiva a high school adjacent to Mercaz Harav Kook and 3 from the Beth Medrash of Mercaz Harav Kook a tremendous celebration took place. If you are a Rebbe or Mechanech(es) please take the time to watch this celebration on the blevechad.com website and share it with your students.
The best way to describe this celebration is intense emotional feelings of happiness and joy at the hachnasos Sefer Torah and the intense sadness of our loss simultaneously.
See the celebration at www.blevechad.com The ceremony took place on Tuesday, February 24th at Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav at 17:30 (5:30 PM).
Also please forward it to other Mechanchim to do the same.
The following material will serve as tremendous lessons in Emuna and Bitachon. An utube of Rabbi Weiss speaking with his Talmidim immediately following the massacre and the transcript and an edited utube of an interview Rav Weiss had with Ilana Dayan, interviewer of Israeli TV
Part 1: Harav Yerachmiel Weiss talking to his students immediately following the Pigua not even knowing who had perishedRav Weiss, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Yerushalayim L'Tzeirim (Yashlatz) is interviewed by Ilana Dayan on the Sunday after the Rosh Chodesh attack in which six of his students were killed. An edited version of this interview with subtitles can be found at
Part2: Rav Weiss being interviewed by Ilana Dayan
after the burial.
A transcription of Rav Weiss's interview can be found on
PRINCES AMONG MEN
Memories of Eight Young Souls
A Memorial volume produced by the senior class of Yashlatz (the high school which lost six students in the attack) about the eight young souls that were taken from us in a storm last Rosh Chodesh Adar, containing a collection of impressions, recollections and divrei Torah written by family members, friends and teachers of the eight boys.
Lecture and Book Launch:
Efrat- Motzei Shabbbat Feb 28th at the home of Chaim and Chaya Lea Guggengheim, 22 Netzech Yerushalayim at 8:00pm
Bet Shemesh - Wed Mar 4th at Yeshivat Reishit at 8:30 pm
Yerushalayim - Motzei Shabbat Mar 7th at the OU Israel Center at8:30pm
To RSVP or for ordering information please contact Yaakov:
for details: www.yashlatz.com/book
Flier Sponsored by Feldheim and OU
5 of the Kedoshim were from Yeshivat Yerushalayim L'Tzeirim and not from Mercaz Harav Yeshiva.
Otherwise known as Yeshivat Yerushalayim L'Tzeirim, Yashlatz is a dormitory high school for 340 students. Although founded in the spirit of Rav Kook zt"l and adjacent to "Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav" in Jerusalem, Yashlatz is a separate institute of learning with an independent administration and student body.
On the night of Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet, March 6, 2008, the Yashlatz Bet Midrash was being set up for the traditional Rosh Chodesh party. A few dozen of the most diligent students walked over to the Mercaz HaRav library next door to continue their studies. At 8:30 pm, a terrorist entered the campus and went on a rampage, murdering eight students in and around the library.
Five of the boys killed were from Yashlatz, which a sixth was a recent graduate in his first year of studies at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva. The other two young men killed both studied at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva.
from a diary entry of a fifth year, Mercaz HaRav student, written two days after the attack.
"My emotional state was stable all that evening, and the next morning. But when I got to the yeshivah on Friday, took a look around the library, and went down to the dining room with everyone trying to decide which funeral to attend, a friend came up to me and said - "You know that Moses was murderd. Your young friend. Avraham David."
Avraham David?!? There was no words to describe what overpowering emotions swept over me at that moment.
Avraham David?!? What?! Avraham David? How can that be?? He is such a tzadik! And so young! It can't be!.....
Why did it have to be him? Why not me?? For I was also there! I also could have been murdered! But he had to be murdered?! If it had been me, it wouldn't have been so terrible because there are lots of boys like me. But he was so special, such a rare kind of boy. I am not such a tzaddik. I don't always do what I should, and I even sometimes do things that I later regret. But him?! If I had been murdered I wouldn't have asked any questions. But why him?!!" ....