Simply Tsfat at MAY

MAY Talmidim Plus Simply Tsfat: A Recipe For Simcha

Simply Tsfat at MAY

On Rosh Chodesh Adar Beis, Mesivta Ateres Yaakov ushered in the new month in its signature fashion. Their monthly rosh chodesh breakfast had the added bonus of a visit from Simply Tsfat — three Breslov chassidim from the mystical city of Tsfat who spread joy and inspiration around the world through story, song, and dance.

This annual event is much anticipated, and the talmidim were itching in excitement for the kumzits/concert. Simply Tsfat did not disappoint. After a moving kumzits replete with original niggunim and inspirational anecdotes, talmidim took to the floor for “ground-breaking” leibidik dancing. Rebbeim together with their talmidim shook the walls of the mesivta in an incredible display of simcha.

“It was just an amazing day overall,” commented one student, “From the rosh chodesh breakfast to the Simply Tsfat concert, it was just an amazing day!” As for the band’s reaction to the talmidim: “There is no one like the talmidim of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov.”

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MAY Juniors’ Amazing Israel Experience

Rabbi Manoach Gelbfish, 11th-grade rebbe at Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, led his shiur on an amazing 10-day trip to Eretz Yisrael over Presidents Week. The trip was in recognition of months of intense learning with chazarah during which talmidim earned “credits” towards to the trip. The experience was filled with learning, davening vasikin (every day!), visits to gedolei Yisrael, and tremendous growth in ruchniyus. Rabbi Gelbfish planned an incredible itinerary for his talmidim, which included many fun activities to complement the spiritual Eretz Yisrael experience.

The highlights of the trip were most definitely the audiences with, and berachos from, venerable rabbanim, including HaRav Avigdor Nebenzahl, shlita; HaRav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, shlita, the Mir rosh yeshiva; Rav Gershon Edelstein, shlita; Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, and many others.

Another highlight was visiting MAY alumni learning in so many different yeshivos in Eretz Yisrael. This gave the current talmidim a glimpse into what “post-high-school” yeshivos were all about. “I was really inspired,” commented one talmid. “These are guys I was in high school with, and to watch them learning day and night like they are now … I’m excited for my chance at that.”

An indescribable tour of the Old City, including a VIP escort to the top of the ramp to the entrance of Har HaBayis, Kosel tunnel tours, a glass-blowing factory, climbing the snake path up Masada in time to daven Neitz, swimming at Yam HaMelach, Ir Dovid, Bais Yisroel shteeblach, the Mir Yeshiva, the Ponovezh Yeshiva—it was truly a trip to remember!

On the final day of the trip, the group visited the Kosel one last time to daven and learn. As they sat down to learn, Rabbi Gelbfish checked his watch and noticed they only had a few minutes before they had to head to the airport. After about five minutes, he instructed his talmidim that they needed to be getting on their way, and one of the boys complained, “That’s it?!”

Rabbi Gelbfish related, “The entire trip was worth it for that reaction alone.” n

MAY “Plus 5” Program a Success!

MAY Plus 5

One of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov’s many incentive programs is the “Plus 5” program, which recognizes talmidim who arrive five minutes early to Shacharis every morning ready to daven, prepared with their tefillin, hat, and jacket. This semester, 28 boys were flawless in their Plus 5 participation and were recognized at the monthly erev Shabbos Mevorchim tisch. In addition to the obvious reward of being on time, talmidim were able to choose from four amazing rewards, including a set of Shas and Dirshu Mishna Berurah package, Apple AirPods, Beats Studio Headphones, and a $180 gift certificate to Doma. The mesivta thanks the anonymous sponsor who dedicates this program simply “L’Hashem ha’Aretz u’Miloah.” Yasher koach to the winners and good luck to the group of talmidim participating in Round 2, which ends on erev Shavuos.



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