Thank you from Yeshivat Bat Ayin
Tevet 5780/Jan 2020
Ever since its establishment, the Bat Ayin Yeshiva has been a place of Torah learning and spiritual growth for young Jewish men searching for a spiritual connection to their heritage. As such, it has become a fixture in the growing Ba’al Teshuva movement.
The Yeshiva offers its talmidim:
a derech (path) based on serious Torah learning (including an option to study for the Rabbanut Smicha exams),
personal spiritual growth rooted in the chassidic teachings of the Ba’al Shem Tov and Rebbe Nachman,
responsibility for and involvement with the Jewish People,
a deep connection to Eretz Yisrael,
Derech Eretz: the importance of a life of personal responsibility in raising and supporting a family and community.
The hundreds of talmidim living such a life both in Israel and North America, many working in education and outreach, are a testimony to the Yeshiva’s vitality.
Over the years, we have built a dining room, dormitories, and classrooms on our campus in Bat Ayin in the heart of Gush Etzion. The lack of a central bet midrash/library building has limited our ability to grow.
Almost one year ago my beloved wife Naava Livne (Rav Natan’s sister) passed away. Naava z”l was deeply connected to the Yeshiva, shared fully in its vision, believed in its potential and never failed to urge us on to develop and strengthen it. Naava was deeply moved by the stories of personal spiritual transformation of the talmidim. She saw the Yeshiva as a fulfillment of the moving words of the Prophet Malachi – “Veheysheev lev avot al banim ve lev banim al avotam”, and viewed it as an essential part of the redemption process.
Thus, when thinking about an appropriate memorial for Naava, it seemed natural to build a Bet Midrash and library in her memory. The response of both those who knew Naava; family, friends, acquaintances as well as those who knew her only from stories, along with alumni and supporters of the Yeshiva has been gratifying and moving. Helped by a very generous matching challenge grant we have met our fundraising goal and are moving forward with the architectural design and engineering blueprints. With God’s help we hope to break ground and begin working at Purim time.
The Bet Midrash and library will be a living memorial for Naava z’’l and everything she stood for and allow the Yeshiva to move forward in its critical educational work.
We are deeply grateful for your contribution and we want to personally thank you for your support and partnership.
Rav Natan Greenberg