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Why did Dina not agree to find out what her thesis was about?

I got to know Dina the 14th, as an instructor at the ulpana in Kiryat Arba.

That year Dina was working on her master's thesis, and we, the instructors, were her experimental group in a special and thought-provoking music workshop.

The workshop was basically a series of sessions, at the beginning of which we were played pieces of music in different styles, and we were supposed to write down the feelings they evoked in us.

With a smile she refused to tell us what, in fact, her research was about. Saying that it will skew the results of the study. But she assured us that at the end we would get back the notebooks we had written and a copy of the research she was writing. Unfortunately, she did not manage to do so.

I think it was the first time I saw a woman who was all Torah, but the sand sits as part of her in such a healthy and complete way.

When I came, as a young girl, to consult with her on some matter that sits exactly on this seam point, Dina knew how to give the right answer, which is compatible with both the requirements of halakhah and the requirements of the mind. I left it with a feeling that the Torah is indeed a doctrine of life.

I am very sad personally that I was not educated to take advantage of my relationship with her when I still could, but her character, and the mental health she radiated, still accompanies me and pops up from time to time.

Sarah Kendel Agel-Tal


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