By Menucha Lowenstein
On April 25th, Dr. Moshe Katz, noted author, lecturer and teacher, came with his wife, Mrs. Hindy Katz, to an array of presentations about his autobiography by members of Torah Academy for Girls (TAG) High School’s freshman class.
Nine Out of Ten is the incredible memoir of Dr. Moshe Katz’s life during World War II. The book describes his amazing story of escape from the clutches of death, all the while seeing Hashem’s Hand every step of the way.
The students presented various projects, including tri-boards, video presentations, poems, and several diagrams. Overall, the groups of students seemed to have internalized the essence of the Katz family, portrayed in the book, which includes their strong familial bonds, devotion to Hashem, and seeing Hashgachah Protis in everything. The scores of students seemed to be touched by Dr. Katz’s commitment to keep a pair of tefillin with him throughout the war. This was a physical embodiment of his faith in Hashem and was a comfort to him in the darkest of times.
Some students created video presentations to either reenact stories from the book itself or to showcase interviews. One video depicted Rabbi Meir Weitman, dean of Torah Academy for Girls, along with others, who praised Dr. Katz’s accomplishment of establishing various Jewish institutions in the community, such as Yeshiva of South Shore, Torah Academy for Girls, and Yeshiva of Far Rockaway.
Having read Dr. Katz’s book, each girl was moved by how she was able to learn the initial history of TAG and present a report to one of the school’s founders, to whom she expressed her appreciation for all of his past and current dedication.
After the presentation, Dr. Katz thanked Mrs. Liane Brill, the English teacher who arranged this program, for her hard work and willingness to make this program possible every year. He then went on to say, “After so many years, I just want to say to all of you girls, I love you all. I can only tell you thank you, thank you…and I cannot thank you enough for bringing back, from so many years, the memories.”
For giving us this legacy to pass on, thank you Dr. Katz.
Menucha Lowenstein is a TAG High School Senior.