Shabbos in Yeshiva

2018-11-12T22:03:55+00:00 November 11th, 2018|Community, Jewish Studies|

In addition to its comprehensive weekly schedule, our Yeshiva offers talmidim a structured schedule over Shabbos. On Friday nights, talmidim experience an Oneg Shabbos at a Rebbi’s home, while enjoying Divrei Torah, zemiros, stories and home-baked treats. This affords them the opportunity to cultivate their relationship with their Rebbi in a relaxed environment. While we usually daven Friday night and Shabbos morning together with community members in HOC, our talmidim enjoy the last few hours of Shabbos in the Yeshiva. Following Mincha, alongside parents and other community members, there is a Shalosh Seudos, accompanied by a shmuess. Shabbos bekius takes place one hour before Mincha in the summer and on מוצאי שבת  during the winter.

One of the many benefits of the growth that Yeshiva has seen this year is the fact that the Yeshiva’s minyan is now self-sufficient, and we are able to sustain our minyanim throughout the week. As such, we plan to designate Shabbos פרשת ויצא as a “Yeshiva Shabbos”, with Shabbos minyanim taking place in the Yeshiva building. We hope that this Shabbos serves to provide chizuk to talmidim and hanhala alike.  Between Kabbalas Shabbos and Maariv and then again before Mussaf, we look forward to hearing Divrei Torah pertaining to Shabbos, with practical suggestions how to help enhance Shabbos and maximize the ruchniyus potential it can give us.

Community Wednesday Night Learning Seder is Back!

2018-11-27T02:08:37+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Community|

On November 7, כט חשון, the Yeshiva restarted its weekly community night seder. This special program allows fathers (and grandfathers) to remain actively involved in their sons’ learning on a continual basis. The seder will run through the winter every Wednesday night from 8:15-9:15, and is dedicated in memory of ר׳ שלמה אליהו ע״ה בן יבלח״ט ר׳ אהרן . Although it is geared toward the bochurim reviewing and retaining that week’s bekius, all learning is welcome and chavrusos can be provided upon request. It is an amazing experience to once again hear the Kol Torah during this special hour.

Shas for Shiduchim

2018-11-12T22:00:11+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Community, Extra Curricular, Jewish Studies|

This coming טו׳ בשבט  (Sunday night January 20 through January 21), our talmidim plan to participate in a special טו בשבט  program which will אי״ה  take place in Chicago. In a 24-hour period, the entire ש״ס  will be jointly learned by close to 500 participants at the Veitzener Cheder, followed by a seudas siyum in honor of the momentous occasion. The Yeshiva undertook to complete the first perek of Maseches Kiddushin (40 blatt), to be completed throughout the day. At last year’s siyum, we were zoche to hear derashos from R’ Shmuel Feurst and R’ Shmuel Dishon who emphasized the powerful impact and the Kiddush Hashem of a tzibur who come together to learn Torah. In addition, we had the opportunity to meet and hear divrei chizuk from R’ Shmuel Keller and R’ Zev Cohen. This year, the learning will culminate in a siyum, with Rabbi Yaakov Bender as the guest speaker. Any community members who are interested in coming along should please contact Rabbi Zeiger for chavrusa arrangements with our bochurim. We are looking forward to partnering with the community for this wonderful Kiddush Hashem.

Communal Siyum on Maseches Sukkah

2018-06-11T17:01:59+00:00 June 11th, 2018|Community, Jewish Studies|

On Sunday, June 10th, we welcomed community members, alumni,
and friends of the Yeshiva into their Beis Medrash to be mesayem Maseches Sukkah. The
talmidim spent many months delving into the masechta b’iyun and were ready to
make a siyum, but wanted to give the community a chance to join them in their Simchas
Hatorah. 110 Lomdim, or 55 chavrusa pairs, gathered in the Beis Medrash, each undertaking to
learn one of the 55 blatt in the hour preceding the siyum. In addition, community members and
alumni were offered the opportunity to sponsor lomdim, thereby participating in their limud
haTorah. The event began with divrei chizuk from Rav Ahron Levitansky, the Menahel of
Telshe Cleveland, who discussed the concept of a communal siyum. While the typical siyum
may involve one person finishing the masechta by himself, the communal siyum has the distinct
feature of achdus between the various learners. He also mentioned that learning the entire
Maseches Sukkah in one hour is an impossibility, so indeed, every lomeid is an integral part of
the simcha. Following his speech, the learning of the 55 chavrusos began full force and lasted
for an hour. The Kol Torah was tremendous and the entire Masechta was completed. The
lomdim were then welcomed to a beautiful banquet to celebrate their accomplishment. They
were privileged to be joined by two members of the Yeshiva’s chinuch advisory board, Rabbi
Levitansky and Rabbi Zev Cohen of Chicago, alongside the nearly 200 community members
who participated in this monumental Kiddush Hashem. The event began with divrei bracha from
Rabbi Dovid Margulies, the ninth grade Rebbi, who noted the great dedication of the talmidim,
both in their iyun and bekius sedarim. Each talmid then had a chance to speak, followed by the
siyum and spirited dancing. Rabbi Meir Bulman, the Mara D’Asra of Hebrew Orthodox
Congregation, discussed how the Yeshiva enhances and adds so much to the community. Rabbi
Cohen passionately described the light of Torah, as well as the role of a Yeshiva in spreading it
throughout a city. Our Menahel, Rabbi Ami Zeiger closed the event by quoting
the Gemara in Sukkah, Daf chaf tes, which compares Bnei Yisroel to the moon, and noted the
great gift of hischadshus, or self-renewal, which came from this inspirational event. The display
of achdus both from the lomdim, as well as from those who sponsored their learning, was
mechazeik the Yeshiva and the entire community.

To donate in honor of a Lomeid please visit www.ygosb.com/donate

Wednesday Night Learning

2017-11-21T16:37:47+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Community|

YGSB engages in an ongoing partnership with the community to promote the growth of our Talmidim, as well as to create a Makom Torah where all feel welcome. Nowhere is this more evident than during our Wednesday Night Seder, in which community members learn in our Bais Medrash. While Kollel Erev members learn the Yeshiva Masechta on a nightly basis and are scheduled to complete Maseches Sukkah with our Talmidim, Wednesday Night Seder encourages all community members to come and learn the Limud of their choice. In addition, this Night Seder provides fathers the opportunity to review the previous week’s Bekius Limud with their sons. We feel fortunate to be in such close proximity to HOC, under the guidance of Rabbi Bulman, and the South Bend Kollel, headed by Rabbi Rephoel Pollack. We have great Hakaras Hatov to the entire community for the support that they show, as well as the great interest that they show in the growth of our Talmidim.

SBHDS Playground

2017-11-21T16:38:08+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Community, Extra Curricular|

Rabbi Margulies’ shiur joined the South Bend community with their recent playground project. Though the initial plan called for the bochurim to connect with other volunteers on Sunday afernoon, the playground was completed ahead of the boys’ scheduled PE period. However, one last item remained on the building agenda. The concrete sandbox footings which were poured during the Sunday build required curing time before the installation of the sandbox posts, so the bochurim happily arrived at SBHDS on Wednesday, as soon as the concrete footings had set, to assist in the installation of the sandbox posts and canopy. Yasher Koach for assisting in this project which will bring joy to South Bend children for many years to come.