The morning began with a warm, leibidik shacharis followed by a lavish, catered breakfast in the Mesivta’s expansive gymnasium. To begin the program, the Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, addressed the 400+ fathers, grandfathers and talmidim welcoming them and expressing his own personal feelings of hakoras hatov.
Senior Yehuda Bolsom, representing the Mesivta student body, followed and delivered a heartfelt message about his and his classmates’ growth in learning and the strong connection he and his peers have with their Rabbeim. He concluded by thanking his Rabbeim for their warmth, care and guidance throughout his years at the Mesivta.
The event also featured the Mesivta’s annual Fall Essay Contest, with excerpts being read from the four first place essays. Awards were distributed by General Studies Principal, Rabbi Sam Rudansky, and Menahel, Rabbi Yossi Bennett.
The highlight of the breakfast was a visit from Rabbi Avi Schulman, former rebbe at the Mesivta and current S’gan Menahel at Yeshiva Ketana of Long Island. Rabbi Schulman shared amazing divrei Torah and anecdotes on the sugya of dreaming big and believing in yourself.
The program concluded with a raffle organized by the Student Government including a gaming system, a restaurant package, MAY merch and some very happy winners.
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