On Wednesday morning, November 5, children all over Boro Park and Flatbush woke up chanting, “Dov Hikind, Dov Hikind.” The catchy nigun had played from sound trucks the day before, Election Day, and it was infectious. But at the end of the day, for the children, it was more than a song.
“When Dov visits our yeshiva, he really gets the children’s attention,” said Rabbi Sholom Noach Landau of Ohr Shraga Veretzky. Assemblyman Hikind had visited the yeshiva yesterday to talk about how government works. “The kids love him,” said Rabbi Landau.
It’s true. Assemblyman Hikind enjoys taking a break from his busy work schedule-and even when he was campaigning-to visit our yeshivas and address our children. In the last few weeks and months, he’s been to several yeshivas.
“I was overwhelmed by our community’s warm support during my reelection campaign,” said Hikind, who captured four times the support of his Republican challenger. “But one of the most gratifying things was seeing the children. The boys sang for me at one yeshiva, and at Ohr Shraga Veretzky a 12-year-old boy introduced me to his class. I was very touched and called his parents to thank them.”
The parents were touched, too. They called the Assemblyman’s office back to say that they had replayed his phone message regarding their son over and over again.