At kick-off, the boyswere already engrossed in their learning, oblivious of the estimated 113 million viewers thatwere tuned in for Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. Seven simultaneous classesgave the boys the option of not watching the game (See pics). Ezra, a visiting alumnus,joined the learning and said that it was very inspiring seeing how many boys decided to learn allnight instead of watching the game. The night’s menu was very competitive with thefood served during the actual Super Bowl at the State Farm Stadium in Arizona. Rabbi Shoub& Company dished out hot chicken wings, delicious beef burgers and hot dogs, spicychicken poppers, and smoked brisket, among other items.
We take this opportunity to thank this year’s sponsors for the learning and the food: DANNY ERANI, JACK BEYDA,MORRIS MANN, and MORRIS SHAMULA.
This year, we held our firstparallel super learning event at Lev America in Brooklyn, NY. There were four classesgiven by Rabbi Yaakov Mizrahi, Rabbi Moshe Jamal, Rabbi Charles Chehabar, Reb DannyKishik. A very special thanks to Bernie Setton for sponsoring the rabbis and the siyum dinner.Isaac Cohen donated the pizza during the learning. The names of those attending were enteredinto a raffle to win $500! The raffle prize was split between Bernie Pindek and DavidTawil.
The remainder of Monday was a fast day for the culmination of Shovavim and was closed with Tikun Shovavimled by Rabbi Pinhkas.
After Arvit and a light snack to break the fast, everyone proceeded to the Aroya Hall not far from the yeshiva for a Grand Siyum dinner. The boys completing Masechet Tamid stood in a row with their gemarot as they proudly recited the Hadran together.
In the middle of the event, everyonewas honored with the arrival of Maran HaravMoshe Tzadka, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Porat Yosef who spoke of the dangers of having a smartphone.
The Kaddish was recited followed bya roar of singing and dancing, Lev style. It was truly a beautiful evening, butthe clincher was when the Rosh Yeshiva headed to the hall’s office to pay for the evening.Although the manager sported an earring in each ear, his demeaner was that of someone who was once in yeshiva. He said that he was very overwhelmed with the show of love of the rabbis for the boys throughout the evening and said that if he would have experienced such caring when he was in yeshiva, maybe he wouldn’t look and be the way he is today. We thank David Mizrahi for sponsoring part of the siyum event.
KOSHER PHONE INCENTIVE
Fifty-two boys participated in the six-week incentive lead by Rabbi Potash and were presented with an overnight in a villa in the northern city of Hadera. Before arriving at the villa, the boys headed over to Fauda Base. Fauda Base is a unique space that provides a sneak peek into the exhilarating and mysterious world of the Israeli Defense Force’s Special Undercover Forces, andmakes that world accessible to the public, unlike anywhere else in the world. It was established by former soldiers of those very units, members of the IDF’s Special Forces and Intelligence units who translated their experience, expertise, and skills into a full and fun breakthrough activity. Activities on Fauda Base challenge their participants physically,intellectually, emotionally, and – no less importantly – provide muchexcitement and enjoyment. We would like tothank Ronnie Dushey for funding this activity.
And then on to the accommodations.The villa boasted twenty bedrooms, a heated pool and jacuzzi, and a large party room in the basement. The boys enjoyed a spectacular BBQ and music to the wee hours of the morning. After Shacharit and a late breakfast, they went go karting before returning to the yeshiva.
A Look into the Past
The heart of the SuperLearning Seder held every year Super Bowl night (the game began 1:30am Israel time) isthose learning the eight daf of Masechet Tamid. Masechet Tamid encompasses the dailyTamid offerings in the Beit HaMikdash and other daily activities performed by theKohanim and Leviim. What could better accompany learning about the daily goings in theBeit HaMikdash than watching it almost live!
For the first time in Israel, youcan take a tour of the Second Beit HaMikdash using advanced virtual-realitytechnology. During the visit, you put on a special set of goggles that allowsyou a 360-degree perspective, taking youback thousands of years in time to see the beauty of the Beit HaMikdash.The specially designed seats allow you to get a real sense of what the Temple was like in allits glory.