V’Nikdashti was developed as the inaugural film for a highly successful series of educational documentaries for yeshivas, Bais Yaakovs, and day schools, and it was shown on Asara B’Teves in 2006. The Rabbi Leib Geliebter Memorial Foundation/Yizkereim updated each of the series to be relevant for adults as well and to be shown during the Three Weeks.
Now that so many years have passed since the Holocaust and historical revisionism in Poland has been codified into law, it is more important than ever for people to hear direct testimonies from witnesses of this tragedy. But the survivors are dying. Most of the survivors interviewed in V’Nikdashti have since passed away. This emphasizes our need to vividly connect with their experiences and transmit their legacy to future generations. The V’Nikdashti documentary is now available in flash drive in addition to the DVD format.
Included in the latest release is a trailer introducing the next major project in the Yizkereim series, Only With Joy: The Story of Rav Meir Shapiro, a production by David Lenik of Better World Productions.
Executive producer Dr. Joseph Geliebter explains, “Rav Shapiro, zt’l, a great visionary, may have built Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin, a trailblazing accomplishment in Lublin in 1930, but he really was laying the foundation and designing a blueprint for new and grander yeshivas and Jewish institutions that will need to be built or rebuilt after the war, the Holocaust. He passed away in 1933, during the rise of Nazism, just as the ‘war against the Jews’ was starting.”
Thus, The Rabbi Leib Geliebter Memorial Foundation and Better World Productions, producers of V’Nikdashti and the entire Zechor Yemos Olam series, are developing a feature-length documentary depicting Rabbi Meir Shapiro’s impact on the lives of every Torah-observant Jew today. As the creator and moving force behind the Daf Yomi, Rabbi Shapiro has influenced and united Jews around the world.
It is appropriate that the last words of Rav Meir Shapiro on his deathbed, “Only with joy!” be associated with Tishah B’Av and the Three Weeks, for the words of one of the most joyous songs “Chasdei Hashem” — “ki lo samnu, ki lo chalu rachamav,” Dr. Geliebter observed, comes from the heart of Eicha and “contains the secret of the Jewish people’s survival. Even when they are surrounded by catastrophe and churban, they never lose faith, and Hashem reciprocates by never ceasing to do goodness and having mercy on us.”
To participate in the Yizkereim V’Nikdashti program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and yizkereim.com.