On Leil Hoshana Rabba, Rebbitzin Yemima Mizrachi, gave her first shiur in English to over 160 English speaking women at the OU Israel Center in Jerusalem.
During the lecture, the Rabbanit Mizrachi stressed the importance of "Maor Panim", literally "radiant face" , and meaning a person who welcomes others with joy and sincere friendliness and whose bright face reflects that warmth of feeling . She explained that according to the Vilna Gaon, the War with Gog U'Magog will take place on Hoshana Rabba and only those with Maor Panim will be saved.
Rabbanit Mizrachi, a Sephardi Jew, incorporated humor in her lecture, quipping, "Americans have it, (Maor Panim) I have to say! The Mashiach is American … Sephardi of course." %ad%