Pre Year Goals
In the late 1800s, Theodor Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, Rav Kook, and other early Zionists recognized the power of the land of Israel, and fought bitter battles, militarily, religiously, and politically, to ensure that Israel would be a Jewish homeland for generations. Their mission is being fulfilled by a multitude of Jews that live in the State of Israel. For some, it is wonderful to know that there is a land where they are always welcome, and for others, living in a country with as vibrant a Jewish culture as Israel has is emotionally thrilling. For me, the most important thing about the State of Israel is the great opportunity I have to learn Torah in the place where Jewish culture and Torah study is so vibrant.
This year I plan to attend Yeshivat HaKotel. Not only do I want to learn Torah in Israel, I want to do it in an Israeli school, alongside young men who are delaying their army service for a year to learn Torah. I hope that I am able to grow in my Torah knowledge, my ability to learn independently, and my religious observance. I look forward to developing skills that will allow me to open up a Gemara and learn without any assistance. Through the Torah and the environment of being in the Old City of Yerushaliyim, I hope to accomplish my goals. Being able to completely immerse myself in a culture that places high value on Torah study and religious growth will help me be able to reach my goals to grow as a person and as a Jew.
I owe a tremendous amount of Hakarat HaTov to Torah LeTzion. Through the work of Torah LeTzion, studying for a year in Israel has become much less of a financial responsibility, allowing me to focus more on my learning and my religious growth, and less on the financial difficulty that studying for a year in Israel brings. I also thank the donors to this wonderful organization, without whom, there would be no money to send to students who are eagerly anticipating a year of religious growth. I look forward to the opportunity to go to Israel, and hope that I come back with the joy and satisfaction of fulfilling my goals.
Boy Studying in Yeshivat Hakotel for the year