Friday, February 25, 2011

Happenings at the Yeshiva

In very exciting news, over the extended Presidents Day weekend, I put up my new daf yomi blog, The Daily Daf. This blog contains insights and essays on the daf yomi (one appears below, in Torah from Our Midrash), audio and video recordings of my daf yomi shiur, and instructions on how to login to the shiur live on your computer or on your iPhone or Android phone! I am also interested in guest posts and other regular contributors. You can subscribe to the site by pushing the button on the lower right side of the screen, and will be notified every time a new posting goes up. Please check out the site and pass it on to all whom you think would be interested, especially those who do daf yomi.

In the Beit Midrash, Students continued learning Shabbat and Kashrut, with the Shabbat students progressing in their learning of bishul, cooking and its associated rabbinic prohibitions, and the Kashrut students turning to the major sugya of chatikha na'asit neveila, how when a piece of food absorbs non-kosher food, the entire food transforms to be considered forbidden. Two mini-series also ended this week: Rabbi Blanchard's lunch-and-learn class on the Sfas Emes on Lekh Lekha, focusing on the themes of chosenness and revelation; and R. Manny Vinas' 3-part series on Emergency Safrut skills.

As part of our Kehila Kedosha program, second-year students left today to spend an extended weekend with the senior rabbi of a synagogue in one of the more outlying communities. One group went to Berkeley, CA, to spend Shabbat with R. Yonatan Cohen (YCT 2006), and a second group went to Nashville, TN, to spend Shabbat with R. Saul Strosberg (YCT 2005). We look forward to welcoming them back next week, and are certain that this weekend will be one of expanding their boundaries and growing their professional skills.

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