TU B’SHVAT + SUPER SPONSORS
As Tu B’Shvat approaches, we look forward to the abundance of blessing the boys will be reciting. Sponsor the blessings for $2600. Preparations for our yearly all-night Super Seder learning during the Super Bowl are under way and the Tamid Gemarot sponsorship is sold out! But the intense learning could not be possible without great food to fuel the boys’ learning. Last chance to share in the food bill of $2600. The amazing learning is climaxed the next day with selichot for Tikkun Shovavim, followed by a lavish, catered celebratory Siyum masechet with singing and dancing, to honor the boys and their monumental achievement. You can sponsor theTikkun Shovavim Grand Siyum Masechet for $5200.
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NEW YEAR’S SHABBATON
As in the past years, the boys spent the secular New Year’s weekend up north in an enjoyable and maintained atmosphere. Friday mincha was prayed in Tiveria at the Kever of Rebbi Akiva followed with prayers by the Ramchal. A beautiful Shabbat was experienced at the Zippori Hotel inTiveria. On Shabbat night, the yeshiva joined the tish of the Medzhybizh Rebbe of Tiveria. Motzei Shabbat the yeshiva headed down south to the Judean Desert to spend the night in Bedouin tents. We had a beautiful and uplifting kumzitz/BBQ/Melaveh Malkah with exciting dancing.
Sunday morning began with shacharit at sunrise followed by a thrilling and adventurous ladder hike in Nachal Tamar in the Judean Hills. Following the hike, the bus traveled to Dimona for pizza at the kosher Domino’s Pizza for lunch. From there, we headed for camel riding in the Machtesh HaKattan (small crater) in the Paran Desert and enjoyed the stunning naturally colored stone of the crater. We then continued to Nachal Sapir Katan also in the Machtesh Katan. There we had a strenuous climbed up to the peak where we experienced a breathtaking unbelievable sunset in the desert.
The amazing weekend was closed with Arvit back in Lev.
RABBI CHARLIE SEMACH
The yeshiva was honored with a visitfrom Charlie Semach of Brooklyn/Lakewood, a longtime patron of Lev. He was asked to speak to the boys and told over a story that happened with him. He was visiting a close friend who lives in Deal NJ. It was a crazy hot and humid day with the moisture literally dripping off you. As they were conversing, a young married women walked in who was dressed tzniut from head to toe and piqued his curiosity. The woman was his friend’s niece and he asked her notably, the source of her strength to be moser nefesh fortzniut in such weather. Her answer astounded him: When you love what you do, it is not called mesirat nefesh; when you get to love it, it isn’t a burden! Friends, if you teach yourself to love learning Torah and doing mitzvot, they will never be a burden to you.
RABBI MEYER YEDID
No introduction is needed for renowned educator, Rosh HaYeshiva of YDE, sought-after speaker, Rabbi of Brooklyn’s large and thriving Congregation Shaare Zion, and author of the popular work The Power of Tranquility, Rabbi Meyer Yedid. When Rabbi Yedid is visiting Israel, he makes it his business to stop by Lev and give chizuk to the boys. His recent visit corresponded with the day of the passing of the HaGaon HaRav Shimon Badani zt” l. Prior to the yeshiva leaving to Bnei Brak for the levaya, he spoke to the boys about identity and tzniut. Rabbi Yedid said that one of our biggest crises in life is our identity crisis.
What is your identity? Is it your ID card? Your job? The way you dress, or your physical appearance? My identity—the real me—is the part of me that I cannot see or show to others: my neshama. One must live a life of tzniut. When you think of tzniut you think of a women’s modesty and wonder what it has to do with men. But that is the wrong definition of tzniut. Tzniut is covering what is not important so that you can focus on what is really important, the real YOU! Ask yourself, “Am I the physical part that everyone sees, or the part of me that I cannot see? Do I invest my life, time, and energy, in something that doesn’t even belong to me, or in the part of that I will have forever?” Realize that your decision will have repercussions not only in your life, but also that of your children and their children for generations.
A temporary outage of electricity did not stop the boys from getting into their learning.
KOSHER PHONE PROJECT
As a follow-up to the kosher phone article in Lev New Dec2022, twenty new phones were purchased allowing twenty more boys to join this year’s Shovavim kosher phone incentive. The yeshiva is looking for sponsors to add more phones to the incentive.
HACHNASAT SEFER TORAH
The Rosh Yeshiva flew to the U.S. in honor of a Hachnasat Sefer Torah at Lev America, headed by Rabbi Ikey Sutton.
ROSH CHODESH WITH
YESHIVAT SHAARE TORAH
The senior class of Yeshivat Shaare Torah of Brooklyn visited Eretz Yisrael along with their Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Hillel Haber, and joined the Lev boys for a lively Rosh Chodesh Shacharit with plenty of music and dancing. Afterwards, our guests joined us for a spectacular Rosh Chodesh breakfast and Rabbi Haber shared some words of wisdom with the crowd.