Dear Aish Family,
We live in terrifying times. Just over the past week there have been several antisemitic incidents in New York and New Jersey. Around the world, Jews are worried about the increase in hate directed towards our families. Jews getting beaten in the street has become a common occurrence.
For two thousand years since our exile from Israel many have sought to put an end to the Jewish “nuisance.” Many of our Jewish brothers and sisters have been slaughtered in the name of finding the “Final Solution” to the Jewish problem. I keep a copy of Mein Kompf in my office in Jerusalem to remember how determined our enemies are.
My father-in-law, Mr. Stephen Kosberg, was truly an amazing person. He was one of the nicest people you could have ever met. He never raised his voice in all the years that I knew him and he treated everyone he met with respect.
My son Elie, who is studying in Yeshiva Shaalvim this year, decided that he would complete Sanhedrin with his Chavrusa, Asher Schreier in memory of his grandfather. The Yahrtzeit (anniversary of death) was today, the fifth day of Chanuka so they planned the siyum for Chanuka. You can watch the Siyum here. Elie called my mother-in-law to tell her and she started to cry. Unbeknownst to my son, his grandfather’s Chavrusa decided to finish the tractate as well and would also be making a siyum on Chanuka. They spoke for the first time this past week.
We must continue to study Torah amongst our families. We must continue to teach our children Torah. We must continue to teach ALL Jews Torah. This has been and always will be the secret weapon behind Jewish survival. Best wishes for an inspirational and Torah filled Chanuka.
Shabbat Shalom, Happy Chanukah and Chodesh Tov!