The streets of Far Rockaway were alive with the vibrant sounds of the eighth-graders from Yeshiva of South Shore on Shabbos Parashas Mishpatim. Due to the amazing hospitality of Rabbi Yisrael Munk, eighth-grade rebbe at YOSS, and his rebbetzin, the boys enjoyed a special Shabbos infused with kedushah from their rebbe and other prominent local rabbanim.
Friday night, Rabbi Munk’s class met at the home and shul of the menahel ha’yeshiva, Rabbi Chanina Herzberg, where they greeted Shabbos with an inspiring kabbalas Shabbos, Ma’ariv, and quality time with their beloved menahel, who shared divrei berachah with them. Leil Shabbos, the boys were treated to a delicious seudah catered by Rebbetzin Munk, divrei Torah presented by Ari Regensberg and Jojo Reich, and beautiful zemiros and camaraderie. The boys were also able to put their middos tovos on display as they helped Rebbetzin Munk clear and clean up after the seudah! Leil Shabbos continued with the boys and their rebbe all walking to Rabbi Moshe and Rebbetzin Shonek’s home for a lively and entertaining oneg Shabbos. Rabbi Shonek, the renowned eighth-grade rebbe at YOSS for over 25 years, and his rebbetzin, have been hosting an oneg Shabbos at their home for over two decades for local bar mitzvah boys, teens, and bachurim. Afterwards, the boys returned to their respective hosts for a well-deserved (and needed!) sleep, to recharge for the following day to come.
On Shabbos morning, all the boys davened at Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, where they were greeted by the hanhalah, and treated to a heartfelt davening. Rabbi Moshe Perr, 12th-grade rebbe at Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, delivered divrei berachah to them, and they sat with their own rebbe for a special shiur that covered various aspects of the middah of emes, and the importance it plays in our lives. The Shabbos-day seudah was in Rabbi Munk’s home, with divrei Torah delivered by Yosef Fertig and Yonatan Beer.
Perhaps the most inspiring part of the entire Shabbos was the special time that Rabbi Yechiel Perr, rosh yeshiva at YFR, made for the boys to deliver a special shmuess filled with divrei Chazal, and the unique hashkafah that the rosh yeshiva is well-known to possess on Torah, avodah, and living a vibrant Jewish life. The boys came prepared with their own questions, which the rosh yeshiva answered for them. The rosh yeshiva commented on the excellent and insightful questions that were presented. He was extremely proud of Baruch Ross, Reuvi Kupchik, and Moshe Coronel for their perceptive questions on various topics. He also shared with them stories that he witnessed by his own rebbe, HaGaon Rav Aharon Kotler, zt’l. The rosh yeshiva concluded with a special berachah to all the boys that they should continue to grow into bnei Torah, use all their kochos for good, and have all their requests in life answered by Hashem! Everyone was extremely uplifted by their time spent with the rosh yeshiva.
After Minchah, shalosh seudos, and Ma’ariv, motzaei Shabbos kicked off with a trip to the YFR gym where the boys played basketball. The night concluded with a pizza and ice-cream party to cap off an incredible Shabbaton! Much thanks must go to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Munk for providing for the boys in such a unique fashion. They truly open up their home for the eighth grade. This Shabbos is surely one to be remembered by the talmidim of Yeshiva of South Shore for many years to come.