Winter Break Torah Study Program Draws 72 Students
It may be cold outside but inside Yeshiva University’s Glueck Beit Midrash the warmth of Torah learning continues during winter break. Rather than traveling to warmer climes, 72 undergraduate students have opted to stay in yeshiva for the popular Bein HaSemesterim [Between the Semesters] program that runs from January 6 – 19.
“That so many talmidim [students] stay is a real testament to the strength and vibrancy of the Torah environment and energy the Yeshiva has to offer and a real testament to the talmidim,” said Rabbi Elisha Bacon, assistant dean of undergraduate Torah studies.
Now a program of YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), Bein HaSemesterim originally began seven years ago after two students presented the need for such an effort to President Richard M. Joel, said Rabbi Bacon. President Joel agreed, and sponsored the first year’s program.
Rabbi Bacon said that this year’s group of students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, is the largest yet.
The day’s schedule is packed, with first seder [study period] beginning at 9 a.m., followed by shiurim [lectures] with different YU rabbis from 12 to 1 p.m., second seder at 3 p.m., night seder at 8 p.m. and mussar seder [study of ethics] at 9:45 p.m. Meals are provided and the Max Stern Athletic Center is open from 6 to 10 p.m.
Chayim Gerson, a Yeshiva College junior from Denver, Colorado, is participating in the program “to recharge from the past few intense weeks of finals and prepare for the upcoming semester by being in the Beis Medrash with no other distractions. The ability to learn at my own pace and relax with friends in our great Yeshiva is an opportunity that we seldom have during the semester.”