By COLlive reporter
The faculty and students of the Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim in the French village of Brunoy recently gathered for a class photo for the year 5774 before summer season begins.
But they won’t be going anywhere.
Learning will be continuing as usual, with regular davening, shiurim and even farbrengens, over the next months at the Yeshiva, one of the largest and oldest in Lubavitch.
Founded in 5707 (1947) by the Frierdiker Rebbe, the Yeshiva has long held a tradition of not closing for the summer vacation, unlike most Chabad Yeshivas which close for at least 2 months and reopen for Elul.
“There will be a week’s break before the new term begins,” a staff member told COLlive.com.
The Rebbe himself has spoken out against the extended summer period. In one talk, on 12 Tammuz 5745, the Rebbe said the summer is “a time of year when for some reason schools are closed.”
“This is against the reality — Torah is our life — learning Torah is the life force of every child,” the Rebbe said.
“Who has the right to make a distinction, that for 9 and a half or 10 months when school is open the child has to get life — but when school closes he must rest from studying Torah?! Torah is his life! This fact is uncivilized!
“Close school for 2 months or 8 weeks or 6 weeks? For what reason? Actually the school should not even close! How can we close a “house of life” even for one day — let alone weeks or months.”