Friday, October 11, 2013

Happenings at the Yeshiva


This Sunday was a landmark day for the yeshiva, as we celebrated the installation of Rabbi Asher Lopatin as our new president.  Over 500 people attended the event, and everyone who was there left with a tremendous high, inspired by the words, the speakers, and all those who were gathered, and filled with a sense of hope for the future of Klal Yisrael.

I share below my dvar Torah from the event, a reflection on the opening of parashat Lekh Lekha.  I have also included a follow-up dvar given by Merle Feld who runs a seminar in spiritual writing at YCT, this last Thursday after mincha.

Finally – I’d like to invite everyone to the opening event of our Community Beit Midrash, co-sponsored by Mechon Hadar and Yeshivat Maharat and with the participation of Drisha, JTS Rabbinical School, and HUC-JIR New York.   The first evening of the beit midrash took place this last Tuesday, with over 50 men and women from the various schools participating in chavruta learning and a shiur.  It was such a high just being there. 

This coming Tuesday night, Oct 15, at 7:30 PM will be our official launch for the larger community.  The launch will feature a panel of R. Dov Linzer (myself), R. Ethan Tucker,  and Erin Leib Smokler, discussing Reading and Rereading the Akedah: Ethics, Submission and Serving God.  The event will take place at Mechon Hadar, located at 190 Amsterdam Avenue (at 69th Street) in Manhattan.  More information can be found here.  I hope to see you there!

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