By Rivkah Davidow
It came a time when my husband Beryl Abraham HaLevi asked me, ‘would you like to change the van for another car now that the children have grown up?’
My response was, ‘thank you, Beryl, let me think about it.’
Driving the van was special to me since it continued to give me the warmth of the children being young, albeit no more, a mother’s sentiment that cannot be helped. So I asked myself, do I want to invest energy and the means in a new car? What do I really need?
A decision was made.
While raising our family, I did not have an opportunity to attend as many Torah classes and specifically to learn more Chassidus and more specifically in Eretz Yisrael. I started my inquiries as to where to attend my learning in Eretz Yisroel. I found the Malchus Women’s Learning Center. My husband Beryl most graciously understood and the first trip was planned.
2013 was the first time I attended classes. Upon my arrival, I was a bit uneasy about finding myself out of place. When I asked some of the women, their response echoed my exact feeling. They were also not able to attend classes while raising their children.
My sole purpose in writing today is to give a very special tribute to the Malchus Women’s Learning Center founded 14 years ago under the direction of Rabbi Yehoshua Appell and his lovely wife Rebbetzin Gitty. Among one of the most beautiful reasons why Malchus is so special is our teacher’s selflessness, their vast knowledge and humility all at once.
Each and every one of them brings much light to us, the students, not only because we are learning a specific topic but because, they transmit their own light to us in their own unique way; they give of themselves to their students.
The students’ contribution happens not only during our learning, when we dedicate the class to someone in need, have in mind our loved ones, relatives or people who had passed away, our friends, our communities, people in need of a Refuah Sheleima, Shidduchim and for all Klal Yisroel. And equally important when we share what we have learned with other people.
It’s classrooms also see the flow of the Seminary young women which invariably brings a smile and warms your heart. It hosts events on Chassidus celebrations as well as the Chagim. It houses an up to date library accessible to all. In a building that in itself it is so precious, it reminds you of 770 because of its warmth.
I return time and time again for a month and on this last occasion for two months, to learn from not only incredible teachers but beautiful human beings. I trust that Im Yirtze Hashem I will be able to continue learning with all of them on a more permanent way in the near future.
It is my hope you become inspired to attend this very special Institution at some point in your life and encourage others to do so!
I will like to express my gratitude to my husband Beryl Abraham and my family! I remain first and foremost grateful to Hashem for giving us a most wonderful and very special group of teachers in Eretz HaKodesh.
May we merit the Final Redemption speedily in our days!
Learn more about the Malchus Women’s Learning Center in Yerushalayim (classes are hosted at ‘Ohr Chaya’, 12 Yeshayahu St) at malchus.org.il.