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Chodesh Tefillah at AMIT

This week, we kicked off a program in which each month we choose a specific mitzvah that we are working on together as a school. This month, Cheshvan, is Chodesh Tefillah (Prayer Month). One of the initiatives we have begun is that every Tuesday morning, any student who is in the Beit Midrash davening by 8:30 (classes begin at 8:50) gets a home-baked muffin for breakfast, made by a member of the faculty!

We also went on two inspiring trips this week that both highlighted the mitzvah of Tefillah. On Tuesday night, after learning in our Mechanchet groups about Rachel Imeinu, we all went together to daven at Kever Rachel (Rachel's Tomb), which is a mere 10 minute bus-ride away from Midreshet AMIT. It was very meaningful to see how many Jews had gathered together to pray at Rachel Imeinu's kever this week to commemorate her yahrtzeit (anniversary of her death), which is this Shabbat.

On Thursday morning, we went on an exciting tour of Chevron, led by the well-known Simcha Hochbaum, Chevron's Director of Tourism. He brought the story of Chevron alive, from its ancient Biblical roots as one of the cities inhabited by our Forefathers, to its current inhabitants' impassioned struggles to maintain a foothold in this holy but hotly contested city. The trip climaxed with a visit to his own home, followed by Tefillat Mincha (the afternoon prayer) at Ma'arat HaMachpela (the Cave of the Patriarchs), the second holiest site after the Kotel because it is where Avraham, Sarah, Yitzchak, Rivka, Yaakov, and Leah are all buried.

What an intense but inspiring week!