SHAS FOR SHIDUCHIM

2019-05-22T16:37:56+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|Extra Curricular, News|

Tu Bishvat saw our bachurim in Chicago participating in the much anticipated and  inspirational Shas for Shidduchim event.  Besides for joining hundreds of other participants in completing Shas in 24 hours and shteiging to the thunderous sound of kol Torah (the Yeshiva undertook to complete 40 blatt in Maseches Kidushin), the boys had the opportunity to hear divrei chizuk from Harav Zucker at the Chicago Community Kollel. In addition, our 10th graders delivered their own chaburos to members of  R’ Mandel’s kollel, as they have already  done several times this year (most recently, this past Thursday).  The sugyos they presented spanned various sugyos in the first perek of Seder Kiddushin, and they prepared these Chaburos with their Rebbi, R’ Frankel, during the days preceding their trip.  The event culminated with a special banquet and siyum which featured a talk by Harav Yaakov Bender on being nosei beol im chaveiro; feeling the joy and pain of other people.  He emphasized the concept of Torah learning not only being personal, but also as a zechus for the general klal, especially as it pertains to those in need of a shidduch.  We felt privileged to have a chance to feel connected to the larger klal and contribute in such a meaningful and memorable way. 

OPEN HOUSE

2019-05-22T16:35:04+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|News|

On Motzei Shabbos Parshas Bo, eight prospective talmidim from Chicago arrived at our Yeshiva where they were treated to a melave malka and enjoyed a kumzitz with our boys.  Following Shacharis on Sunday morning, the guests joined us for breakfast and a tour of the Yeshiva.  Then the boys prepared with chavrusos, and attended a special shiur from R’ Shalom Fleisher. The day continued with an exciting recreational activity and culminated with a hot fleishig lunch, dvar Torah, and mincha.  This open house was a wonderful opportunity for our talmidim to play host to potential future bochurim, and for the Chicagoans to get a taste of the special goings-on at the Yeshiva. Several of these bochurim are already enrolled in our Yeshiva for the upcoming year, and we are excited to continue this special relationship with the Chicago community. 

GENERAL STUDIES

2019-05-22T16:32:44+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|English Studies, Extra Curricular|

As in past years, Mr. Koontz, together with the Yeshiva administration, assembled an excellent general studies staff for the 2018-2019 school year.  These teachers ensure that the 3.5 hours allocated per day to general studies are fully utilized and that the curriculum is in full compliance with Indiana State Accreditation Standards. Notably, the 10th graders are receiving dual credit for their US history class and, have begun taking ISTEP exams in language arts and math. 

During legal holidays, the Yeshiva offered its talmidim hands-on lessons in woodworking and basic bicycle repair taught by Mr. Shmuel Ament, and bookbinding instructed by Mr. Papoff of Chicago.  Special thanks to these talented individuals for sharing their skills with the boys!  The Yeshiva also wishes to extend its appreciation to Steel Warehouse and the Lerman family for providing the bachurim with an enjoyable and informative tour of their plant on Tucker Drive.  Knowing that the Lermans are staunch supporters of the Yeshiva made the opportunity to witness their business in action even more meaningful for the boys.   

MESSAGE FROM MENAHEL

2019-05-22T16:28:40+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|News|

As we are now well into our second year, I pause to reflect upon the great Siyata D’shmaya that we have experienced so far. This year, our Talmidim have been working very hard to learn, retain and gain a deep understanding of the yesodos in Maseches Kiddushin. Most recently, we launched an extensive Chazara program which encouraged talmidim to review their what they learned in seder iyun, followed by farhers given by myself and Rabbi Shraga Lerman. We were both extremely impressed, not only by the talmidim’s understanding of the material, but also from their hislahavus and gishmak in learning. 

As we are now well into our second year, I pause to reflect upon the great Siyata D’shmaya that we have experienced so far. This year, our Talmidim have been working very hard to learn, retain and gain a deep understanding of the yesodos in Maseches Kiddushin. Most recently, we launched an extensive Chazara program which encouraged talmidim to review their what they learned in seder iyun, followed by farhers given by myself and Rabbi Shraga Lerman. We were both extremely impressed, not only by the talmidim’s understanding of the material, but also from their hislahavus and gishmak in learning. 

Ultimately, the heart of our yeshiva is the learning that goes on within its walls. This is evidenced by the kol Torah of talmidim deeply immersed in Tosafos, the many blatt of shakla v’tarya recited, the strong attendance and involvement in Rabbi Kenzer’s bekius shiur, father-son learning on Wednesday nights… and the list goes on. The existence of our Yeshiva and the great chizuk we receive from the community is a powerful reminder that the very soul of Klal Yisrael revolves around Limud Hatorah. As the Torah promises us in Parshas Vayeilech כי לא תשכח מפי זרעו, the Torah will never be forgotten from the mouths of Klal Yisrael.  

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.

Visit to Chicago

2018-11-12T22:02:32+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Extra Curricular, Jewish Studies|

On Wednesday ofפרשת וירא , our 10th grade Rebbe, Rabbi Frankel, traveled to Chicago to visit his Rebbe, Rabbi Yaakov Abikzer, and the members of his kollel. On the spur of the moment, the 10th grade bochurim eagerly requested to join him on his trip. In order that the trip wouldn’t cause the bochurim to miss part of their learning, along the way they took turns giving shiur on the Gemara that they had learned, and on Chumash for the Chumash Seder that was missed. Although they were only in Chicago for a short amount of time, Rabbi Abikzer infused them with a powerful message. He quoted the Nefesh Hachaim who states that just as a father is willing to give his son whatever he wants, so too, Hashem is ready to give to each and every person that learns Torah an abundance of knowledge, a deep understanding, and a real connection to the Torah, provided that we prepare a “storage house” Yiras Hashem. He explained that oftentimes, our test is to abandon the fear of how we will we be perceived if we immerse ourselves in Torah, rechanneling that fear to gain an authentic fear of Hashem.  Afterwards, the bochurim went to Rabbi Abikzer’s kollel to daven Mincha, and the bochurim had the opportunity to talk to the kollel members as well. Rabbi Abikzer and his kollel commented on how impressed they were with the level of learning, as well as the menshlichkeit of our talmidim. Before returning to Yeshiva, they were treated to dinner at Great Chicago.

Warren Dunes State Park

2018-11-27T02:07:35+00:00 October 23rd, 2018|Extra Curricular|

On Tuesday afternoon, October 23rd, the Yeshiva took a day trip to Warren Dunes State Park in southwest Michigan.  Aside from providing our talmidim with a well-deserved opportunity to refresh and rejuvenate their minds, they also had the ability to learn with the backdrop of a new and pleasant setting near Lake Michigan. Following an enjoyable game of wiffle ball in the sand, Rabbi Margulies and Rabbi Frankel learned together with the bochurim, who were able to experience firsthand the commonality between seeing Hashem in Torah and in creation. One of the surprises of the day came when we chanced upon a family whose car was stuck in the sand, offering us the opportunity to make a Kiddush Hashem as we joined to help them get out. After a day of hiking, playing ball, and learning, the talmidim returned energized and excited to continue shteiging.

Kinyan Hamesechta

2018-11-12T22:04:55+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Jewish Studies|

Aside from the regular iyun sedarim in which we study the Gemara in depth, another important goal of the Yeshiva is to assist our talmidim in completing the masechta that the Yeshiva is currently learning, as well as to review and retain its content. To complete the blatt in Maseches Kidushin which are not covered during our regular iyun and bekius sedarim, the Yeshiva offers an optional bekius shiur three nights a week following Maariv. This shiur is given by Rabbi Yitzchok Kenzer, and Boruch Hashem, our Talmidim have taken advantage of this special opportunity to learn and master Maseches Kidushin. In additionto having launched an extensive chazara program, we are proud of our Shakla V’Tarya program, in which talmidim are encouraged to summarize the Gemara (blatt by blatt) by heart. Thank you to an anonymous donor for his generosity in sponsoring this program. בעז״ה  we will once again celebrate with a grand siyum masechta at the end of the year, together with the entire community.

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