In the Acheinu tefillah, we offer a prayer to HaKadosh Baruch Hu to watch over Klal Yisrael “m’afeila l’orah,” “from darkness to light.” On Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut, we commemorate some of the darkest and brightest moments in our nation’s history.
On Yom HaShoah, DRS was honored to invite Mrs. Frima Laub, a Holocaust survivor and grandmother of DRS senior Jonathan Kaszlow. Mrs. Laub presented her remarkable story of survival, managing to somehow stay committed to her Judaism throughout the horrors she experienced in her lifetime. Her words of courage, strength, fortitude, and immense bitachon inspired the entire yeshiva and moved many to tears.
On Yom HaZikaron, six IDF soldiers addressed the student body, and remembered fallen soldiers who gave up their lives to defend the State of Israel. The soldiers led the packed beis midrash in singing “Hatikvah” and “Ani Ma’amin” and the recitation of Yizkor and Kel Maleh. Moving videos and stories were presented to the students as well.
On Yom HaAtzmaut, to celebrate the miracle of the birth of Medinat Yisrael, the day began with a festive Hallel. The celebration continued in the gym with an unforgettable chagigah featuring the incomparable Mordechai Shapiro. The day ended with a schoolwide barbecue on the school’s front lawn.