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This year, the talmidim of Rabbi Danto’s shiur have voluntarily taken upon themselves to not only be mesayem the entire Maseches Makkos, but to also review on each daf at least 3 times (and some up to 6 or 7 times)! As part of this program, the shiur was invited to participate in a very special event this past Sunday at the Atrium Simcha Hall in Monsey sponsored by “V’haarev Na,” an organization that encourages experiencing the sweetness of Torah (as its name suggest) through acquiring mastery of a masechta by means of constant chazarah. Sunday’s program started with a massive learning seder with over 600 boys from numerous different yeshivos learning uninterrupted for several hours in a makeshift bais medrash in the chuppah room of the wedding hall. Ariel Feuerstein (’17) and Yosef Lemel (’17) wound up learning for part of the time with Rav Ephraim Wachsman, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Meor Yitzchok of Monsey, and a well know maggid shiur and speaker (pictured above). At the conclusion of the seder, Rav Wachsman addressed all the talmidim and described the feeling in the room as reflecting a taste of Gan Eden. Afterwards, all 600 students and their rebbeim danced and sang in celebration of their great accomplishments in Torah so far this year. After the delicious, festive seudah, several siyumim were made, including a siyum by MTA’s own Matthew Albert (’17), who was mesayem Maseches Makkos. One of the mesayemim even made his 51st siyum since starting the V’haarev Na program! The evening concluded with a kumsitz led by Etan Katz and Baruch Levine. The entire experience was tremendously uplifting, and inspired the boys to continue with their chazarah.

 

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