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Remembering Doron

by Danielle Berrin

March 19, 2008 | 1:00 pm

Most people will remember Doron Mahareta (bottom right) as one of the eight Yeshiva students killed in a bloody massacre at Mercaz HaRav in Jerusalem on March 6, 2008.

His voice and his face forever lost.

But Doron’s story will endure; because it is a tale not only of incredible determination and overcoming obstacles, but a testament to the passion and the will that enriches and perpetuates Jewish life.

Jeff Ballabon writes:

Doron: Story of a True Tzaddik

Doron wanted to learn Torah in Mercaz HaRav, one of the best of Israel’s yeshivas. But, since his early schooling was in Ethiopia, he lacked a strong background in Gemara. The Yeshiva rejected him. He wasn’t discouraged. He asked, “If you won’t let me learn Torah, will you let me wash the dishes in the mess hall?” For a year and a half, Doron washed dishes. But, he spent every spare minute in the study hall. He inquired what the yeshiva boys were learning, and spent most of the nights and all of his Shabbatot with his head in the Gemara learning what they learned. One day, the “dish washer” asked the Rosh Yeshiva to test him. The Rosh Yeshiva politely smiled and tried to gently dismiss Doron, but Doron wouldn’t budge. He forced the Rosh Yeshiva into a Torah discussion; the next day, he was no longer a dish washer but a full-fledged “yeshiva bachur”.

On weekends, when Doron would come home to visit his family in Ashdod, he’d spend the entire Shabbat either in the Melitzer Shul or the neighboring Gerrer shtiebel learning Shulchan Aruch and its commentaries. Three weeks ago, he finished the entire Shulchan Aruch and principle commentaries. Doron achieved in his tender 26 years what others don’t attain in 88 years. He truly was an unblemished sacrifice, who gave his life for all of us.

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Written by Danielle Berrin and Dikla Kadosh

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