By COLlive reporter
Yeshivas Beis Menachem Mendel (Tzeirei Hashluchim) of Tzfas, under the leadership of Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Zalman Kaplan and Menahel Rabbi Zalman Stillerman, has seen tremendous success and growth in the past few years.
This year, living in uncertain times and due to its unique location, the Yeshiva did not know if it would be allowed to open its doors in Elul for the 50 bochurim who signed up for a year of learning and growth in the beautiful mountains of Tzfas.
Thankfully, Israel’s Ministry of Health announced that students from overseas would be allowed to enter Israel for the coming school year despite the current ban on non-Israeli citizens.
Being that the Yeshiva is located “across the world” for many of its bochurim, the Yeshiva gave the option to start off their year of learning in New York, resulting in half the bochurim beginning their year in Tzfas, half beginning in New York and some learning in other countries over Zoom.
Notwithstanding the challenges of setting up a makeshift Yeshiva in New York and a quarantine up to par with the high standards of Israel for the bochurim coming for Elul, both programs have seen remarkable success.
A team of people consisting of Rabbi Shaya Itkin, Rabbi Eli Rosenfeld and some of the Talmidim Hashluchim, has put in a great deal of effort into the New York program preparing special programs and incentives ensuring its success.
The New York program would not be possible without the help of Mr. Yakkov Blachman.
In addition, a tremendous amount of effort went into the Tzfas program to ensure that the Bochurim would have an easy time during quarantine and still have the Avir of Yeshiva and learning.
With the Bochurim in Israel finishing their quarantine this week, and the New York program coming to Israel after Sukkos, it is no doubt that the success of this year’s program will only grow.
The Talmidim Hashluchim have already put in a lot of effort making Farbrengens, Seder Sichos, Mivtzas and Chavrusas for the Bochurim in New York and in Tzfas.