March 10, 2008

Merkaz Harav Memorial

I wanted to share with you some of what was said at the memorial, Young Israel of Century City along with the Simon Wiesenthal Center put together this past sunday for all the victims at the Merkaz Harav Yeshiva. LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Jack Weiss were invited, amongst others, and I was very pleased to see them there. Even the media came and I was even shown on the evening news. It was all very moving, especially at the very end when everyone was singing Ani Ma'amim and Hatikva. It was also a bit difficult realizing these are really the only times I feel Jews are a unified people, without first looking at what kippa the other is wearing.

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Councilman Jack Weiss

Rabbi Marvin Hier

Ani Ma'aamin and Hatikva