by Raziel Siegman (’17)


On Wednesday, all of MTA joined Yeshiva University in their celebration of Rosh Yeshiva Rav Herschel Schachter’s 50th year of teaching Torah at YU. Instead of regular shiur, all of the different shiurum in YU, including MTA, joined for a day of unity. Different shiurum of all ages and learning levels were paired up for the morning. The talmidim learned Mishnayos Kiddushin, in an effort to finish 50 times in honor of Rav Schachter, a goal that was easily surpassed. At 11:30, every YU rebbe and talmid – well over 1,000 people – packed into the Glueck Beis Medrash. After introductory remarks by MTA’s own Rabbi Tanchum Cohen, as well as RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Mordechai Willig and RIETS Dean Rabbi Menachem Penner, Rabbi Schachter, in an emotional speech, addressed the entire Yeshiva. After he completed his remarks, Rav Schachter made a siyum on all of Shas, which the Yeshiva learned in his honor over the past few weeks. Then, all of the Roshei Yeshiva danced in front of the Beis Medrash, with the 1000+ talmidim singing and dancing behind them. This was an incredible and emotionally uplifting sight, as although there was not much room for physically intense dancing, the spiritual feeling throughout the room was a once in a lifetime experience.


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