Dear Friends and Supporters,
This week was our first week of Spring zman. Regular seder started on Monday morning, with third- and fourth-year students continuing their learning of the sugyot and halakhot of conversion. In honor of MLK day, the yeshiva had two special lectures Monday afternoon. Rabbi Yitz Greenberg started the afternoon with his lecture “On the Relationship of Prophets and Rabbis: A Reflection in Honor of Martin Luther King Day". This was followed by a text study run by first-year student Gabe Seed. The afternoon ended with Dr. Steven Bayme’s lecture: “The Black-Jewish Experience in America: Ambivalences and Challenges.” For those who missed the lectures, you can watch them here.
I head off now to Chicago, where YCT is having a Shabbaton this weekend. I, Rabbi Lopatin, and Dr. Michelle Friedman will be speaking in multiple communities, shuls and minyanim over Shabbat and having a special melave malka on Saturday night. It will also be a wonderful opportunity to connect to our Chicago-based musmachim. For those of you who live in Chicago, I hope you will be able to attend these events. I look forward to seeing you there!