Yerushalayim! Just saying the name evokes the image of blinding white stone and soul-inspiring vistas. What better place to launch another Lechu V’Nelcha branch, than the center of our universe, where the Shechinah forever resides? LVN aims to enhance each and every girl’s relationship with their Father in Heaven and Yerushalayim is certainly a most fitting place to do just that. Directed by Mrs. Miriam Mark, and coordinated by Chasya Miriam Weil, LVN Yerushalayim drew an English-speaking crowd of girls to the Ulamei Penina Hall on Rechov Penina. They came to be inspired and they were not disappointed.
Rebbetzin Fink had flown to Yerushalayim herself for the inaugural event and, of course, she galvanized the girls with her thought-provoking words. Rebbetzin Fink spoke about an age-old dilemma, the question regarding the environment that is most conducive for growth. On the one hand, we know that a place of insulated kedushah gives our neshamos the protection from outside influences that may pull us away from reaching new heights. And yet, we also know that situations that present spiritual struggles can force us to discover new potential within ourselves to achieve more in our ruchniyus. Rebbetzin Fink clarified for the audience that while living in galus they are constantly being put into situations that test their resolve and obligate them to battle with their yetzer hara. But they always need to be mindful about not making the CHOICE to PUT themselves into a place of temptation. And the ideal way to ensure that they are making the right choices about where they go, who they associate with, and the activities in which they are involved, is to keep reinvigorating themselves with inspiration, kedushah and chizuk from sources like Lech V’Nelcha. The audio-visual presentation featuring the Mashgiach of Lakewood, Harav Mattisyahu Salomon, shlita, reinforced this message by encouraging the girls to participate in weekly shiurim and reminding them of how vital it is to be a part of LVN as they prepare themselves for the role of future wives and mothers of Klal Yisrael.
We wish LVN Yerushalayim much hatzlachah as they endeavor to offer to their girls what all LVN branches are already providing across the globe. The opportunity to continue to grow ever closer to the Ribbono shel Olam no matter where they live or the circumstances in which they find themselves.