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Rabbi Mendelson's Shiur Experiences Shabbos at YU

by Raziel Siegman ('17)

This past Shabbos, Rabbi Mendelson's 11th grade shiur had the privilege of staying at Yeshiva University for their second "In-Shabbos." The boys slept in the MTA dorms and ate their Shabbos seudos in the YU cafeteria with the YU students. Over the course of Shabbos, the talmidim studied many hours for their Gemara midterm, which took place on Sunday. In addition to preparing for their bechinah, the students were exposed to a yeshiva atmosphere, and were able to experience the davening, meals, and middos of the Yeshiva University talmidim.

Following the Friday night meal and some chazarah b'chavrusa, the shiur enjoyed a Tisch with chulent and kugel, as well as learning a new song from Rabbi Mendelson. After Shacharis in the Glueck Beis Medrash, the boys had their own Kiddush and heard a D'var Torah from a YU Rebbe, Rabbi Daniel Rapp. During Seudah Shlishis, the shiur, together with the YU students, was privileged to hear a D'var Torah from YU Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yitztchak Cohen, who spoke about learning Torah and retaining a close connection to Judaism, even during winter vacation and outside of school. Rav Cohen emphasized the theme of the Shabbos- that in addition to achieving success in bechinas and Talmud Torah, the ultimate goal is to attain Yiras Shamaim and grow as a ben Torah.