Accompanied by mechanech Rabbi Nafi Orlofsky, eight boys from the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County High School participated in the mitzvah of chesed shel emet, assisting in the funeral of a Jew who needed a minyan for proper burial.
“It was a great experience to bury a fellow Jew who needed a proper burial,” said freshmen Nissim Pinto. “It was the best feeling at the end of the day to go to sleep knowing that I did a mitzva that can never be returned to me and that one more fellow Jew is properly buried,” added freshman Daniel Khaimov.
During the funeral, the boys heard eulogies that spoke to the character of the deceased and the loss that would be felt to the greater Jewish community. The HANC students returned to school feeling a sense of accomplishment and were pride for their participation.