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

Rabbi Bentzion Twersky Visits Yeshiva

2018-05-15T14:16:07+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Jewish Studies|

On Erev Shabbos, May 11, Parshas Behar-Bechukosai, Rabbi Bentzion Twersky, the Rav of Congregation Beth Jehuda of Milwaukee, visited Yeshiva. Rather than speaking to the Talmidim in the traditional shiur format, and our Talmidim were privileged to hear Divrei Chizuk from Rabbi Twersky  as he sat with them during breakfast, discussing issues pertinent to our times. He quoted the well-known Gemara in Kiddushin which states that Torah serves as an antidote to the yetzer hara and elaborated upon its powerful effect. We would like to extend a very special thank you to Rabbi Arnstein, rabbi Kreisman and south Bend Hebrew Day School for bringing in Rabbi Twersky and allowing us to share in this wonderful weekend of of Chizuk.

55 Chavrusos. 55 Blatt. 55 Thousand Dollars. 1 Kiddush Hashem.

2018-05-15T14:25:39+00:00 May 10th, 2018|News|

 

On June 10, 2018, כז׳ סיון תשע״ח, the Talmidim of Yeshiva Gedolah of South Bend will בעז״ה be making a Siyum on Maseches Sukkah. In conjunction with this accomplishment, friends of Yeshiva will have the opportunity to actively participate in the siyum.

Here is how it will work:

  1. 55 chavrusa pairs will sign up, each one committing to bli neder complete one of the 55 Blatt of Maseches Sukkah.
  2. These Lomdim will come to the Yeshiva Bais Midrash on June 10th to learn their blatt from 5:15 – 6:15 PM. This learning will be followed by a siyum and seudas mitzvah.
  3. To sign up for a blatt or find a chavrusa, please call 574-229-5480
  4. For the  list of lomdim and to sponsor a Lomeid, please go to www.ygosb.com/donate or call 773-470-3579

All donations are being generously matched.

 

 

Rabbi Mordechai Willig Visits Yeshiva!

2018-01-02T19:22:54+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Extra Curricular, Jewish Studies|

On Friday, December 29th, Rabbi Mordechai Willig visited Yeshiva to speak to our bochurim. He gave a dynamic erev shabbos speech in which he covered many topics. Among the subjects covered, he discussed with the talmidim the concept of fulfilling mitvos in Eretz Yisrael and the chashivus of yearning for this opportunity and hoping to merit it. 

Chanukah Mesiba

2017-12-19T20:48:27+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Extra Curricular|

On Monday night, the 7th night of Chanukah, the Talmidim enjoyed a beautiful Mesiba at the home of Rabbi Margulies. They were joined by Rabbi Zeiger and Rabbi Bechofer. The evening included Divrei Torah in honor of Chanukah and culminated in spirited dancing .

Shabbos Parsha Vayera

2017-11-21T16:41:30+00:00 November 21st, 2017|Jewish Studies|

On Shabbos Parshas Vayera, our Talmidim were treated to a special Shalosh Seudos Shmuess given by Rabbi Meir
Margulies of Cleveland, Ohio. He reflected upon the exchange between Avraham Avinu and Hashem regarding the
destruction of Sedom, using it to accentuate the great power of our Avos. Connecting this theme to various Gemaros
which discuss the concept of Emunas Chachamim, he emphasized the greatness of our Gedolim, leaving a lasting
impression on our Talmidim. On Motzei Shabbos, there was a special learning program in preparation of the hour that we gained by changing back our clocks early the next morning. Aside from the dynamic Shiur given by Rabbi Margulies in Yoreh Deah, this learning emphasized the importance of maximizingone’s time for Limud HaTorah. Following the program, the Talmidim went to Rabbi Margulies’s house for a Melava Malka, along with singing and dancing. May our Talmidim continue to be inspired and always learn with such Hasmada!

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.

Rabbi Yari’s Visit

2017-11-21T16:30:37+00:00 November 21st, 2017|News|

On Shabbos Parshas Chayei Sara, we were privileged to hear Divrei Chizuk from Rabbi Mordechai “Yari” Yaroslawitz of St. Louis, who was in South Bend for a family simcha. He spoke passionately about the concept of , הבא להיטהר מסייעין אותו, one who takes the first step receives special help from Hashem to succeed. Rabbi Yari’s annual Kulanu Yachad Shabbaton attracts well over one thousand college students, and his great efforts for the sake of Klal Yisrael serve as a living example of the powerful words that he conveyed to us. In addition, he emphasized the important
role, as well as the great opportunity, that each Talmid has. We very much appreciate his warm words and wish him much hatzlacha in this year’s Shabbaton.

Completing Masechta Sukkah!

2017-10-16T17:51:22+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Jewish Studies|

Some of our Talmidim have undertaken to complete Masechta Sukkah by attending Rabbi Kenzer’s Bekius Shiur three nights a week after Maariv. As there are 20 blatt which will not be covered in our regular Iyun and Bekius Shiurim, Rabbi Kenzer’s Shiur provide them with the special opportunity of making a Siyum, which will IYH take place this upcoming Shavuos.

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