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Batya (Schochet) Lisker

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Batya Schochet Lisker is the founding principal of Bais Chana Chabad Girls' High School of Los Angeles, current executive assistant to Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky of Chabad World Headquarters in New York, and program administrator of the Machne Israel Development Fund Early Childhood Initiative.
“I need a rabbi! Help me! I need a rabbi right now!!” The shocking, ear-splitting cry shattered the stillness in the synagogue.
With poker-face solemnity, he insisted that I answer him. “Who named you?” I smiled and said, “Why my parents, of course! Who named you?”
“Rabbi,” the man said, scowling. “You have 10 minutes to prove to me that there is a G‑d.”
I asked him how it was that two brothers from the same home turned out so differently. He replied, ‘It’s very simple. I had Rabbi Schochet as my teacher in junior high, my brother did not.’ ”
Two weeks in, I sensed the students for the most part had a disconnect with the thought-provoking material, despite all of my efforts.
Lost . . .I could have been lost, completely lost, with no clue how to get home.
When did they age? I was shocked to see my parents, particularly my mother, looking fragile and vulnerable when I walked through the door, excited to spend Shabbat with them.
Was I really returning home, or just to the memories of what once was?
Severe Siberian cold waves swept across the remote forest region with a vengeance, as the bitter temperature plummeted further. It was week two of his treacherous trek . . .
They were coming. Tens of thousands of them, all ages and nationalities, a spectacular ocean of humanity flowing through the gates of the Old City...
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