I first met Avigail when we were co-students in the Tanach department in Bar-Ilan University and later as co-teachers in Midreshet Moriah. Together with Yael Ziegler, Avigail and I founded the Gush Summer Learning Program for Women and continued to teach together in advanced women’s learning programs – in Midreshet Lindenbaum, Matan’s branches in Yerushalayim, Renana, Beit Shemesh and Chashmonaim, and in the Eden Center. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, Avigail reached out as mentor and friend to guide me through the process – medically, bureaucratically, emotionally and psychologically. It was Avigail who encouraged me to continue teaching Torah through treatments and to add breast cancer to my repertoire of women’s health issues necessary to address. Tonight is a special opportunity to pay tribute to Avigail’s contribution to breast cancer awareness and a personal zechut for me to say “thank you Avigail for your special friendship, mentorship, and chavruta in confronting and learning from challenges of health. Thank you for reminding me to smile and laugh and sing with our daughters and to never forget to thank HaKadosh Baruch Hu and His selfless medical messengers for the not-so-small miracles of kindness and strength we experience every day. “

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