Lubavitch Bochurim often come under scrutiny in terms of their learning ability.
Late Monday morning in the Yeshiva Summer Program in Morristown, NJ (Y.S.P.) there was vivid testimony that with the right encouragement the bochurim can exhibit great ability.
More than 50 bochurim gathered in the Zal for an oral test on Perek Lulav V’Aravah of Maseches Sukkah by Rabbi Chaim Schapiro.
The testimony was not the test. The testimony was the fact that each one of these bochurim conscientiously went about memorizing the Perek by heart, all on their own time, even while part of a summer program with a very full schedule.
Many of the bochurim admitted that the learning they accomplished in Y.S.P., in terms of both quality and quantity, was undoubtedly more than any other summer program and even more than they normally learn in academic months.
Rabbi Mendel Goldberg, the camp’s director, was delighted with the bochurim’s achievements. “With each passing year I am more and more impressed with the quality of bochurim who take part in our program,” he said.
“I am particularly enthused by their Gemara Ba’al Peh feats,” said Goldberg. “And a summer experience such as this will surely contribute to a successful entry into Mesivta.”
A large portion of the deserved recognition must go to their dedicated maggidei shiurim and to the tireless Learning Director, Rabbi Shmuel Shuchat, who literally encouraged the bochurim every hour on the hour.