Yeshiva students visit White House

Students from Yeshivat Hakotel tour White House during pre-Pesach visit.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Yeshivat Hakotel students visit the White House
Yeshivat Hakotel students visit the White House
Jason Greenblatt, via Twitter

The White House received a delegation of students from Jerusalem's Yeshivat Hakotel Tuesday evening.

The students, who were returning home from the yeshiva for Pesach (Passover) vacation, toured the White House and heard Torah classes from Moshe Wasserman and Noach Greenblatt.

The yeshiva located in Jerusalem, is made up of Israeli "hesder" students and students from abroad participating in the yeshiva's "year in Israel" program. Recently, 18 of the yeshiva's foreign students decided to remain in Israel for an additional year, joining their Israeli friends in the yeshiva's upper classes.

The Israeli and foreign students study together, participate in the same classes, and share dorms and a cafeteria.

One of the sixth year students, who is leaving Israel as an emissary soon, said, "You don't need to wait until you're finished hesder in order to have an influence, connect to Diaspora Jewry, or to be an emissary. You can do it in your first year at Yeshivat Hakotel."

Moti Jerbi, the yeshiva's Director-General, noted that there was no better time to visit the White House than just before Pesach, when we celebrate the exodus from Egypt and slavery, especially after Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Yeshivat Hakotel Dean Rabbi Baruch Wieder congratulated the students, and expressed happiness at the fact that so many of the Diaspora students had decided to remain in Israel. Those who returned home, he said, will continue to serve as loyal ambassadors of the Jewish nation.

"The Redemption train, together with the express train to Jerusalem, does not stop moving and traveling quickly, even in the seventieth year after the founding of Israel, the beginning of our redemption," he said, referencing the planned opening of the new high-speed Jerusalem-Tel Aviv train.

US Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt tweeted, "Thank you to Moshe Wasserman for sharing words of Torah with me and some of his classmates from Yeshivat HaKotel who visited the White House tonight. It was a pleasure to host all of you."

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