by Noam Putterman (’18)


On Thursday Evening, MTA students and their parents convened in Yeshiva University’s Furst Hall to celebrate a massive siyum of the Massechtos that were learned by various shiurim over the course of the year. After a light appetizer, Rabbi Taubes began the program with a D’var Torah, in which he highlighted the great feat that the MTA Talmidim accomplished throughout the year, and connected it to the first Rashi in this week’s Parsha, about being ‘Ameilim BaTorah, working hard at Torah learning, and stressing the value of doing so with a group of peers. The YU Roshei Yeshiva who graciously held regular chaburas with MTA students, including HaRav Hershel Schachter, shlita, who was present, were then thanked and honored, and YU Rosh Yeshiva HaRav Mayer Twersky, shlita, delivered a derashah, speaking about the importance of the siyum, and how not only the talmidim should derive chizuk from it, but all the more so the Rebbeim, who worked tirelessly to infuse their talmidim with ahavas Torah and yiras shamayim., and the parents as well. He also noted how every talmid should have high yet realistic aspirations, all in our quest to become better ovdei Hashem.

Yehuda Goldberg (’17) was then Mesayem Masseches Sanhedrin, the Be’Iyun Masechta of the year, and explained the connection of the eleventh Perek, Perek Chelek, to the Masechta as a whole. Shmuel Turner (’17) then discussed the Shir Shel Yom, as he and Marc Giahn (’17) were Mesayem Masseches Tamid on behalf of their shiur. Next came the siyum of Masseches Makkos, the Bekius Massechta of MTA. Barak Cohen (’18) recapped the famous story of Rabbi Akiva and the fox in the Kodesh HaKodashim. which concludes the massechta, Yosef Lemel (’17) said the Hadran, followed by Zack Steiner (’17), who said the final kaddish for the siyum of all three massechtos.

Immediately after the siyumim, there was intense dancing in the spirit of Torah, and an enjoyable meal provided by Carlos and Gabby’s. Towards the end of th eevening, Rabbi Dr. Yisrael Rothwachs, father of Avi (’16), and an elementary school rebbe of some Mesaymim, spoke of the famous concept of “Kimu VeKiblu” and its relevance to the Mesaymim, teaching how they should strive to reach their Torah potential. To end off the siyum celebration, graduating Senior Rami Nordlicht (’16) compared the siyum to his impending graduation, and spoke of the intellectual effort and dedication required to make such a siyum. Mazel Tov to all the participants!


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