By: Mordechai Flamenbaum (‘19)

Mordechai Flamenbaum of Queens, NY, reflects on his experience learning in a Yeshiva University Shiur during his Junior and Senior years at MTA.

MTA is known for its emphasis on Talmud Torah and the opportunities the yeshiva offers its talmidim for growth in learning.  Most yeshiva high school students spend their entire high school career in a classroom setting. However, at MTA, select Juniors and Seniors are afforded the unique opportunity to gain advanced reading and analytical skills by joining one of the Yeshiva University Shiurim for their morning learning.  For the past two years, I was privileged to be part of RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rav Eli Baruch Shulman’s Shiur. Rav Shulman combines rigorous cheshbon (logic) and advanced lomdus (conceptual analysis) in his 1.5-hour daily Shiur. Participants in the program spend a 3-hour seder preparing the sugya in the vibrant main Gluck Beis Medrash alongside the most advanced YU college students.  Being surrounded by and having the opportunity to learn from the many great talmidei chachamim and Roshei Yeshiva who learn and teach in YU, while still in high school, is truly priceless. I have tremendous hakaras hatov to the MTA administration for coordinating this amazing program, which has provided me with the environment, tools, and mentors to build a solid foundation in classical Talmudic study and has prepared me for future achievement and success in Talmud Torah.


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