Reporting by one of the participants:
An amazing experience awaited all the shul comers in Postville, this past Shabbos, Parshas Matos. The bochurim and hanholoh of two yeshivas kayitz’s joined with the community for what some termed as “the liveliest shabbos that Postville saw in a long time.”
On Friday afternoon, two vans filled with the bochurim of Yeshivas Kayitz Minnesota arrived to the Mesivta of Postville, with ample time to settle in and prepare for shabbos. They came to join the Postville Yeshivas Kayitz for a special joint shabbaton.
The festivities began straight away, as all of the bochurim gathered together in the shul for a massive seder nigunim, which continued all the way until the baal tefilah began a spirited kabolas shabbos. When davening was completed, the bochurim from both programs split up and were welcomed into the homes of the local anash for the Friday night meal.
On shabbos morning, the bochurim began the day with seder chassidus. Some bochurim paired up and learned with a chavrusa, and others chose to participate in a shiur that was given by Rabbi Eliyahu Benshimon, Menahel of the Mesivta of Postville.
The bochurim then davened shacharis in the spacious yeshiva zal, after which the tables in the zal were reshuffled to host a grand shabbos seuda and farbrengen.
Four bochurim addressed the participants at the seudah. Levi Greenbaum (LA,) a talmid and Levi Naparstak (LA), a madrich from the yeshivas kayitz of Minnesota, and Shneur Zalman Butman (Crown Heights), a talmid in the Postvile yeshivas kayitz shared sichos of the Rebbe on a variety of topics from the parsha and about the time of year; and Dovid Sasonkin (Long Island), also a talmid at the Postville yeshivas kayitz shared stories and experiences from his family’s chabad house on Long Island. Of course, the meal included plenty of nigunim and lots of tasty and nutritious food.
The bochurim were all gladly surprised when members of the local kehila, after ending the communal farbrengen in shul, came to the yeshiva and joined the bochurim’s seudah and stayed for many hours. Mr. Chaim Abrams, Mr. Aaron Goldsmith and Rabbi Michoel Spitzer farbrenged with the bochurim long into the afternoon, until it was time to daven mincha. One member of anash commented afterwards that “he hungered for an inspiring farbrengen like this for many years!”
Soon after Mincha, the bochurim gathered together for another farbrengen. This time, Rabbi Yisroel Noach Vogel farbrenged with them sharing many stories of the Rebbe, and his general impressions from his days as a bochur in the early Mem’s. Again the bochurim enjoyed the farbrengen, which lasted until well after shabbos ended.
Finally, on Sunday morning, following shacharis, Rabbi Gavriel Levin, a Mashpia at the Mesivta of Postville, and the director of the Yeshivas Kayitz there, gave the bochurim a fascinating shiur in an agadata that describes an ideological debate between a Tana and an assembly of Greek philosophers. Rabbi Levin went on to elaborate on the deeper meanings of the debate and how it relates to us.
When Rabbi Levin concluded the shiur, the bochurim from the yeshivas kayitz of Minnesota gathered their belongings and were seen off by the Postville bochurim, as they departed for the three hour drive back to the Twin Cities. Three hours during which they would surely discuss the amazing shabbaton that they just experienced in Postville.