Dear Aish Family,
The heart and soul of the Aish HaTorah network is the Yeshiva. Our Yeshiva hosts on average of over 250 students. These students are not your average Yeshiva students. They are usually well educated young men who have been brought up with zero Judaic knowledge. Aish’s role is to fill in the gap and give them a curriculum which starts with the Alef Beis and continues until they are fluent with the Aramaic of the Talmud.
Normally the recruitment of these students is quite difficult because they find themselves far from all things Jewish. One of the resources that we rely on most is a network of Rabbis and Rebbetzin’s friendly to Aish across North and South America. It is highly unusual to receive an application to our Yeshiva without a reference from a local person who recommended our Yeshiva.
This past week Rabbi Elsant, Assistant Director of the Yeshiva, conducted an interview with a young man applying to our Yeshiva who did not have such a reference. When the inevitable question came up of how did you hear about Aish, the response was amazing and a true result of the world in which we live in. The student responded that he had found the Aish Yeshiva promo video online. This was the video that we made to commemorate the eighth Yahrtzeit (anniversary of death) of Rav Noach Weinberg ZT”L.
He said that he watched the video and was taken by the stories of two of our students, Andre Oziol and Natan Loyfman. He immediately identified with their background and reached out to them through Facebook. After being inspired by these young men he was ready to apply to the Yeshiva.
When we made this video, we had no idea that half way around the world Jews would be so inspired by our students that they would seek us out and join our family. We must realize the power of telling people our story. Every member of the Aish family must tell their story. We must share with all the Jews around the world how important a Jew’s journey can be. We must share how important it is to study the Almighty’s wisdom. We must share that it is never too late and one is never too old to bask in the holiness of the Torah. May the Almighty bless the Aish family with the strength and wisdom to continue to reach out to Jews in the farthest corners of the Globe.
Warm regards and good shabbos!
P.S. If you have an Aish Story you want to share, send it to us at MyAishStory@aish.com