This Tuesday, we welcomed Elana Stein Hain, Community Scholar of Lincoln Square Synagogue, who taught a Lifecycles class, and addressed the group on dealing with cases of adultery. Ms. Stein-Hein presented challenging cases with great insight and sensitivity and the students gained an understanding of the challenges that will confront them in dealing with such complex situations.
On Thursday, we welcomed back our students who are Wexner fellows and had been away at the semi-annual Wexner retreat. Shmuly Yanklowitz, our fourth-year student who has done such amazing work with Uri L'Tzedek, graduated the Wexner fellowship this last week and became an official Wexner alum. Mazel Tov, Shmuly!
Our bringing Torah to the larger community continues. This Sunday, we will be having a YCT-SAR Yom Iyun on Talmud and Torah She-Ba'al Peh and next Monday night, February 1, we will be having a Leil Iyun on Agunah. Please let your friends know about these events. It would be wonderful to see you there.
We will also be beginning our weekly community programming this week, and inviting the community to participate in Rav Nati's Thursday parsha class (at 2:15 PM) and Thursday's Orah Hayim class (at 4:30 PM). Beginning February 8, we will be opening a Community Beit Midrash on Monday evenings, from 7:30-9:30 PM, for people in the community to come and study bi'chavruta with YCT students, and then to hear a shiur from one of the YCT rebbeim. We are excited to be connecting and contributing to the community in this powerful way.
Finally, on a sad note, we extend our condolences to Biti Roi, our dear friend and past teacher in Jewish Thought at YCT. Biti's mother, Dr. Ruth Stein-Reisner, passed away suddenly, earlier this week. May she and her family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Yerushalayim.