Message From Our Associate Dean


There is always something so invigorating about the opening of a new
school year. Students are combing through curricula and purchasing new
books and course material amid an air of expectation and hope. There is
an expectancy for doing well, meeting new acquaintances and becoming
better people, while hope abounds for acquiring new and exciting
knowledge and having our minds and horizons stretched by new areas of
inquiry.


This is a year of continuity and change for the Academy. Chief Rabbi
Funnye is completing his second year as Rosh Yeshiva and I have begun
my second year as the Associate Dean, being the first female Dean and
female Rabbi of the Academy.


Amid this newness, there is none the less a stability that pervades the
Academy. Even with many previous significant administrative challenges,
the Academy is in its 93rd year of operation. This achievement represents
remarkable stability despite living through very tumultuous times. Ninety
three (93) is significant for the 93rd parashat of Tehillim (Psalm 93) also
speaks of stability amid change:


֖ א  יְהוָה מָלָךְ,    גֵּאוּת לָבֵשׁ:לָבֵשׁ יְהוָה, עֹז הִתְאַזָּר;    אַף-תִּכּוֹן תֵּבֵל, בַּל-תִּמּוֹט

ב  נָכוֹן כִּסְאֲךָ מֵאָז;    מֵעוֹלָם אָתָּה.


  1. The Lord has reigned; He has attired Himself with majesty; yea the Lord has attired Himself, He
    has girded Himself with might. The world also is established that it cannot be moved.
  2. Your throne is established of old; You are from everlasting.

Regardless of the changes in our lives, our country and the world, we rest
assured that The Holy One of Israel is unchanged.

Regardless of the changes in our lives, our country and the world, we rest
assured that The Holy One of Israel is unchanged.


You will experience changes in your life as a consequence of
acquiring new knowledge, new understandings and new methodologies for
critically examining your life and the world. May you do so not just for
the sake of knowledge but rather as a stepping stone for tikkun olam or
changing our world for the better and proclaiming the majesty of our G-d
throughout the world.

Shalom,

Rabbi Malchah

Associate Dean of The Israelite Academy