Parents and students alike were inspired by this year’s annual DRS Yom Iyun entitled “Learning about ‘The One’ on 1/1.” The program focused on the concept of emunah, as well as its practical applications in life.
“The purpose of the Yom Iyun is to give the parents and children an opportunity to learn together in a meaningful way,” said Judaic Studies principal Rabbi Elly Storch. “For everybody to learn together about emunah is a great way to receive inspiration.”
The day commenced with Shacharit, followed by a scrumptious breakfast. Students and parents then chose from an array of shiurim by DRS rebbeim on topics related to emunah, including proofs for G-d’s existence, why G-d allows bad things to happen to good people, the balance between hishtadlut and emunah, the authenticity of the Torah, hashgachah pratit, and more. The shiurim were interesting, inspirational, and enjoyable for both the student and parent body.
The event’s keynote speaker was Rav Moshe Weinberger, mara d’asra of Aish Kodesh in Woodmere and mashpia (spiritual mentor) of Yeshiva University, who spoke on the topic of “Living With Emunah.” Rabbi Weinberger spoke about believing in oneself and knowing who you are, and students and parents were captivated by his inspirational words.
“It was nice to have a program that involves both parents and children,” said sophomore Josh Kantrowitz, who attended the program with his father. “I felt that Rabbi Weinberger’s speech was very interesting and inspiring.” v