Bimah Dedication Zecher Aron Hertz

UPDATE: Hi everyone! We have seen such a huge display of giving and love for this cause, for Aron. It is amazing.

We want to make a final push to $10,000 in Aron’s name.

All additional donations will continue to be given to Derech Etz Chaim. Every dollar will be for more projects and upgrades around yeshiva, zecher Aron.

Thank you to everyone for the continued love for Aron. May all of this help to spread the light, the love for hashem, the emes, and the love that Aron always embodied, for many generations to come.

UPDATE: We've seen an incredible display of care and connection towards this cause within the first 24 hours, and have already met our minimum goal for the Bimah! We would like to continue this momentum in Aron’s name and would also like to dedicate a complete new set of furnishings for the yeshiva's Beit Midrash. Brand new tables, chairs and bookshelves will fill the space where Aron's contributions created such an impact. This is especially fitting for Aron, who was a constant help in maintaining and updating the Beit Midrash, keeping everything functional so that we could all benefit.

Hundreds of us are heartbroken over the loss of our beloved friend, talmid and family member Aron Hertz z”l, who recently left our world. A mere twenty-seven years young, he passed away over last Shabbat and was buried on Har HaZeitim this past Tuesday, December 19th 2017.

In addition to two learning initiatives which have just begun studying the entire Six Orders of Mishnah as well as the entire Tanach in Aron’s memory and Zechut within the first thirty days of his passing, we felt that we wanted to contribute something for the yeshiva as a tribute to Aron’s lasting impact. We decided it was fitting to dedicate the brand new Bimah in the Beit Midrash of Derech Etz Chaim in memory of Aron Zvi ben Moshe Aryeh z”l, who was truly a central support and participant in a decade of Torah learning and personal growth in this very Beit Midrash, and in the lives of those with whom he shared those treasured moments. We hope that the memories, conversations, and learning we shared with Aron will find continuity and lasting impact in our vibrant Beit Midrash by students, alumni, visitors & future members alike.

We are looking to share the opportunity of covering the costs of this dedication. Anyone who can identify with this profound loss and share in the loss with those of us who loved Aron can participate in this campaign to help build a lasting memory of Aron Hertz z”l through the new Bimah of the Derech Etz Chaim Beit Midrash. Any donations beyond the amount needed for the Bimah will go towards further upgrades in the Beit Midrash.

Aron was the type of man who always made everyone around him feel loved and safe with a smile always on his face. Aron's love for life was poignant and boundless, and his search for truth was insatiable. His love for the world made disconnection and unrealized potential too painful for him to bear. He connected on very deep and primal levels with people and experiences, and he felt his feelings powerfully. Home started as Monsey for Aron, but the last ten years of his life coalesced around building his life and relationships through Derech Etz Chaim, a yeshiva located Har Nof, Jerusalem, while seeking teachers bearing truth to share with his sensitive mind and heart. He fashioned himself a loving home out of the yeshiva and was a pillar of presence and participation in endless yeshiva activities and ventures. Aron found clarity and connection in Eretz Yisrael, all the while grappling with core identity issues – to him, everything spoke on some primal and meaningful level, an expression of his own unique narrative of love and loss.

The mourner feels his way through his adaptation to a new reality; a process in which Nechama is achieved by finding wholeness and closure in a world without our loved one. Discovering how Aron’s contributions and growth can feed into our own understanding and personal & societal growth is a crucial step in continuing onward. 

May Aron finally have the מנוחת הנפש and clarity of self that he so deeply and painfully struggled with for so long. And may we merit to see sparks of his unique perspective and potential in our lives and those who will benefit from learning and praying in this Beit Midrash. 

תהא נפשו צרורה בצרור החיים. אהרן צבי בן משה אריה, זכרונו תהא לברכה                                                                                                     



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    • $300 
    • 43 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 43 mos
  • Emma Rubenstein 
    • $18 
    • 44 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $54 
    • 44 mos
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    • $100 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Eli Siebzener 
Organizer
134th Street, NY
Aharon Katz 
Beneficiary
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