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MTA Celebrates Rav Hershel Schachter’s 50th Year as a RIETS Rosh Yeshiva

This past Wednesday, Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) joined Yeshiva University in their celebration of Rosh Yeshiva Rav Hershel Schachter’s 50th year of teaching Torah at YU. Instead of regular shiur, all of the different shiurim in YU, including MTA, joined for a day of unity. Different shiurim of all ages and learning levels were paired up for the morning. The talmidim learned mishnayot Kiddushin, in an effort to finish 50 times in honor of Rav Schachter, a goal that was easily surpassed. At 11:30, every YU rebbe and talmid—well over 1,000 people—packed into the Glueck Beis Medrash. After introductory remarks by MTA’s own Rabbi Tanchum Cohen, as well as RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Mordechai Willig and RIETS Dean Rabbi Menachem Penner, Rav Schachter, in an emotional speech, addressed the entire yeshiva. After he completed his remarks, Rav Schachter made a siyum on all of Shas, which the yeshiva learned in his honor over the past few weeks. Then, all of the roshei yeshiva danced in front of the Beit Midrash, with the 1000+ talmidim singing and dancing behind them. This was an incredible and emotionally uplifting sight as, although there was not much room for physically intense dancing, the spiritual feeling throughout the room was a once in a lifetime experience.

 

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