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Monday, March 17, 2008

An inspiring story

Laser Beams tells the amazing story of Doron Mahareta (pictured top left), one of the eight Merkaz HaRav students that was murdered ten days ago (Hat Tip: Rob in Passaic).
Doron wanted to learn Torah in Mercaz HaRav, one of the best of Israel's yeshivas. But, since his early schooling was in Ethiopia, he lacked a strong background in Gemara. The Yeshiva rejected him. He wasn't discouraged. He asked, "If you won't let me learn Torah, will you let me wash the dishes in the mess hall?" For a year and a half, Doron washed dishes. But, he spent every spare minute in the study hall. He inquired what the yeshiva boys were learning, and spent most of the nights and all of his Shabbatot with his head in the Gemara learning what they learned. One day, the "dish washer" asked the Rosh Yeshiva to test him. The Rosh Yeshiva politely smiled and tried to gently dismiss Doron, but Doron wouldn't budge. He forced the Rosh Yeshiva into a Torah discussion; the next day, he was no longer a dish washer but a full-fledged "yeshiva bachur".
Read the whole thing.


At 10:15 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Ethiopian Jews know only Torah - not Gemara. Yet they want to become part of the Jewish people and Doron Mahareta paid the highest possible price to be a good Jew. His sacrifice should remove the last shred of doubt about his community's Jewishness. He did not ask to commit Kiddush ha Shem and yet through his life and deeds, he sanctified the Name Of G-d before all Israel. May his memory be for a blessing.


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