RKYHS had the distinct honor of welcoming Rabbanit Chana Henkin to their school today during her brief visit to the U.S. Rabbanit Henkin addressed juniors and seniors on the current events and shared messages of strength and unity. Rabbanit Henkin is the founder and dean of Nishmat, and an acclaimed Jewish educator and leader in Torah scholarship for women. Together with her husband, noted halachic authority Rav Yehuda Henkin z”l, Rabbanit Henkin created the unique role of yoatzot halacha, experts in women’s health and Jewish law, to address women’s questions in taharat hamishpacha and women’s health.
In her talk, students were able to feel her strength and her love for Am Yisrael as she discussed how to keep emunah in the face of the current heartache everyone is feeling, also drawing on her experience when her son and daughter in law, Eitan and Naama Henkin הי”ד were murdered by terrorists eight years ago. She described the responsibility and the privilege we have to protect the State of Israel, and the unity that is being felt all over the country, and what those living here can do to help. Students appreciates the chizuk she provided and were emboldened by her message “the heart is hurt, but the spirit is not broken.”