The sounds of lively music and dancing filled the air this past motzaeiShabbat at DRS High School’s 18th annual parent-son melavehmalkah. In an e-mail to the DRS family, Rabbi Kaminetsky remarked that the goal of the melavehmalkah is to celebrate “the joy, fulfillment, and meaning that there is in being a Jew,” as well as to highlight the “positive Jewish energy that [the yeshiva] strives to inculcate in its talmidim with song, divreiTorah, food, and dancing.” This annual event is the one night that the entire yeshiva family—rebbeim, parents, and talmidim—get together to honor the positive spirit of being Jewish.
The melavehmalkah commenced with students, parents, and faculty members enjoying a kumzitz together in DRS’s beautiful beitmidrash, accompanied by a band comprised of DRS faculty members and rebbeim. During the kumzitz, a video highlighting the past year’s highlights at DRS was shown, including a slideshow of pictures from the annual DRS shabbaton, color war, father-son learning programs, and freshman shabbaton. A series of awards was then presented to various students. The Torah Growth Awards were awarded to students who have shown tremendous commitment to their Torah learning over the past year. In addition, the annual Middot Awards were handed out to one student in each grade. This award is especially unique as the students in DRS vote upon who they feel best personifies the title of “Ba’alMidotTovot.” Following the distribution of these special awards, the yeshiva paid tribute to longtime DRS rebbe, Rabbi Dovid Friedman, who has been teaching in DRS for 17 years of its 18-year history. Following a video tribute, Rabbi Friedman was presented with a plaque and gift in recognition of his service and dedication to DRS. After a resounding standing ovation from the crowd, Rabbi Friedman delivered a heartfelt message to the students of DRS. Students and parents then headed to the gym where they enjoyed a dairy buffet. Neshoma Orchestras struck up a leibedik set of music in the dining room as students, parents, rebbeim, and faculty danced together in unison and celebrated together the joy of being a Jew.