News From Ramaz
This week, MS students learned about witnessing history in the making as the United States Embassy opened in Jerusalem. As our own Rabbi Weinstock was attending the momentous event in Jerusalem, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein spoke to our students about the importance of the day marking historic events in Israel -- the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem as well as the 70th anniversary of the May 14, 1948 declaration of Israel's independence. Rabbi Lookstein addressed students before mincha, beginning with a shehechianu as a prayer of joy for a day on which history was made. He began his remarks by contrasting our era, in which many take Israel for granted, to his era, in which shir hamaalot used to be sung to the tune of Hatikva, in wistful longing for the Jewish state. Rabbi Lookstein stressed that the day of the embassy move was a day that students will likely remember for the rest of their lives, one which shows not only the hand of God at work, but the role that individual efforts played in bringing about these modern day miracles.
MS History and Social Studies faculty also discussed the embassy move in their classes and some teachers showed footage of the ceremony. The ceremony was also replayed at lunch in the auditorium for all students to view.