JEWISH STUDENTS LOOKING TO SPEND WINTER-TIME STUDYING TORAH
Organized by: Zev Kilstein
EVENT DATE Jan 09, 2015
Lander College for Men / Beis Medrash L’Talmud (a division of Touro College, located in Queens, NY) has a two week mid-winter break and a summer recess starting late June. Despite the allure of spending a lot of time away from their yeshiva, many Landers students actually choose to stay to devote their free time to learning Torah.
About five years ago, one of the Kollel members created a unique program to facilitate learning Torah during these intermediary days. Largely financed by the yeshiva and its alumni, their bein ha’zmanim program aims to have an appropriate ratio between learning Torah and taking off time to become revitalized for the next zman.
In addition to supplying general needs (e.g. meals) to those that stay and learn, this program additionally provides: lots of snacks, a variety of shiurim, Torah-learning contests (with prizes, like money for seforim), full Shabbos accommodations, and guest speakers (like Rav Paysach Krohn). This is to name just a few of the ways that are employed in order to enrich the daily experience.
During the last winter program, a contest was held to challenge participants to learn as much as they could in one day from early morning until late at night. Three participants tied for the win - with each one learning 17 and a half hours. And this was all during their vacation!
Many students are grateful to the program for encouraging them to learn during their free time. Many of them claim that without it they would not have spent nearly as much time learning Torah during their breaks.
Words of encouragement for this program were sought from HaRav Shmuel Kamenetsky who responded and praised their learning by saying that vacation time is a special period where the main purpose is to sanctify Hashem’s name in which the world will see how a ben Torah acts - in that all his actions are proper.
Words of encouragement were also sought from HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman who responded that he supports programs like this one because in a time like bein ha’zmanim there is more bitul Torah. He added that this is like a meis mitzva - like that which is written in the Sefer Chassidim that a mitzva that people do not want to do is like a meis mitzva.
For information about participating and programming, please contact Zev Kilstein, the director, at ZevKilstein@Gmail.com