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Students Immerse Themselves in 18 Hours of Continuous Learning During Annual Torahthon

For 18 hours straight on October 10, Yeshiva University students immersed themselves in intense Torah learning to spiritually prepare for Yom Kippur, stopping only to pray.

Called a Torahthon, the day featured shiurim [lectures] with more than 20 Roshei Yeshiva on topics that ranged from the laws of lulav and etrog [the palm branch and citrus fruit used during prayers on Sukkot] and the prayer services of Yom Kippur to the philosophical nature of teshuva [repentance] and how to build stronger interpersonal relationships. Opportunities for Torah study were available even during meals and all members of the YU community were welcome to join in, including faculty, staff and alumni.

This year’s learning was dedicated to the memory of YU benefactor Marcos Katz. Audio recordings of all shiurim will be available at after the Torahthon.

On the Israel Henry Beren Campus, a Yom Iyun featured shiurim and remarks from Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, vice president for university and community life; Dr. Karen Bacon, the Mordecai D. and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of the Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Smadar Rosensweig, clinical assistant professor of Bible; and Rabbi Yosef Bronstein, who teaches Jewish philosophy at Stern College for Women.

“Our undergraduate students are fortunate this year to have the days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur dedicated solely to Torah learning and spiritual growth,” said Rabbi Yosef Kalinsky, associate dean of undergraduate Torah Studies at YU. “The Yeshiva coordinated a complete Aseres Yemei Teshuva Program, culminating with today’s Torahthon. We hope that our students and extended YU community are inspired today by the many wonderful shiurim and by the sweet sounds of Torah emanating from our beit midrash.”

“The concept of a Torahthon is such a good idea,” said Moishy Rotham, a first-year student who enjoyed Nathan and Perel Schupf Chair in Talmud Rabbi Michael Rosensweig’s shiur on Yom Kippur as a day of extremes. “It gives me time to internalize the coming holidays with insights from Roshei Yeshiva, helping me enter the High Holidays with a sense of preparedness.”