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Last Shabbos, Rabbi Mendelson’s shiur had their annual Brooklyn Shabbaton. Accompanied by the four Makor Chaim boys the weekend kicked off with a tour of the Living Torah Museum on Friday morning. The Shiur was shown many ancient historical artifacts as well as the smallest kosher Sefer Torah in the world, which is amazingly just a few inches long. After lunch at Mendelssohn’s Pizza (not associated with Rabbi Mendelson!) and bowling, the boys prepared for Shabbos at their hosts and then headed to Rabbi Mendelson’s shul, Kehila Marine Park, for Kabbalas Shabbos.

After the first seudah at Rabbi Mendelson’s house, the shiur had a Tisch and heard from Rabbi Tzvi Twersky, who spoke about the significance of the number 40 in Tanach. On Shabbos day, following the second Shabbos seudah, the shiur was entertained by three skits–put on by Rabbi Mendelson, a few boys from the shiur, and the Makor Chaim boys–which had been prepared earlier in the week. A gala Shalosh Seudos was held at Kehilla Marine Park with a special shiur on the topic of “Gambling in Halacha” by Rabbi Mendelson.

On Motzaei Shabbos, the shiur went to a karate dojo where the boys practiced kicking and punching, and also learned basic self defense from knife attacks, a prevalent issue in the subways and unfortuantely in Israel. Next, they headed back to the Mendelson home, where they enjoyed a pizza, french fries and ice cream Melaveh Malka that featured a second skit and a shmuz from Rabbi Mendelson, as well as some interesting words of Torah and history by Rabbi Brownstein. To cap off the night, they had a kumsitz that included an inspiring story from Rabbi Mendelson.

The Shabbaton was a meaningful experience for the whole shiur, who bonded together and with Rabbi Mendelson. Additionally, it was the shiur’s final opportunity to spend time with the Makor Chaim boys before they returned to Israel on Monday. We would like to thank the Mendelson family, and especially Rebbetzin Mendelson for all her hard work and preparation.

 

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