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Teary Goodbye's

Who would ever think that the year would go by that fast? It's unbelievable! This past Shabbat was our last Shabbat and we all spent it together. Looking back on our year and seeing how everyone grew was truly mesmerizing. The Shabbat started off with a beautiful kabbalat Shabbat and Friday night dinner. At dinner we were privileged to hear Michal speak and hear her encouraging words for the future. After dinner we all gathered in the Beit Midrash for a game of 'Midmo palooza' and 'family feud'. The Shabbat was spent realizing how much we've learned this year and how to keep that learning constant and strong.   We were also given advice as to what to expect in college which was very helpful.

Sunday - It began with a fitting surprise - back to the lookout point over Har HaBayit where we convened on our very first day. This time, however, we were not the same. That first group of jet-lagged, nervous, awkward high schoolers' was replaced by what appeared to be the largest family of 18 year old girls one has ever laid eyes on. After some truly touching speeches by our teachers, the group continued on to Ruthie’s apartment where we dined on her lovely balcony overlooking Jerusalem. Praises ensued as students volunteered to speak about the wonderful staff members with whom they had created such close bonds over the year. Photo's were taken and Noa Rabin and Emma Stein performed a comical skit "10 year Midmo Reunion". Last to speak of the students was Becca Masin who beautifully addressed her class, leaving us with inspiration and the deep message that our experience at Midreshet has given us the proper tools to continue growing in the future.

To end off the night, we had one final shiur klali from Rabbi Berglas followed by a hilarious video made by our wonderful Madrichot and lots of teary goodbyes.

What better way is there to end off a wonderful year than by gathering all the staff and students of Midreshet Moriah to reminisce about their times together and to show hakarat hatov for one another. Banquet 5773 was the best goodbye we could have asked for. Thank you Midreshet Moriah. Thanks to everyone for making this the best year!  

Aviya London and Shuli Just-Michael




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