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Yiddish is Back, Oholei Torah Says

For the first time, Oholei Torah admitted a "general lack" of Yiddish and presented a 9-year plan with new changes to its staff. Full Story, Photos

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hatzlochah rabbah
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hatzlochah rabbah

Beautiful. Shepping chassidishe Nachas

Wow so inspiring
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Wow so inspiring

to go through all the pictures remembering all my wonderful years in yeshiva!
Rabbi Levin is the best
From your class in the year we learned baba basra – gave me the push for the rest of my yeshiva years and beyond!

Yiddish?
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Yiddish?

I thought the professional people decided that Kids understand and learn better when they are taught in English?
why should a kid have to translate the Posuk in his head from Yiddish to English and only then try to understand what the meaning is?
Can someone explain please?

Yiddish
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Yiddish

Now just teach the parents Yiddish so we can help our sons!

Big mistake
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Big mistake

The Rav said one can not teach Yiddish at the expense of teaching Torah. The Rebbe said twice that in a place that the kids speak English one should not teach in Yiddish. That is why Lubavitch Yeshiva teaches in English and that is the place to go. OT is confused over policy

hopefully
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hopefully

It won’t disrupt good learning among the Talmidim – something the Rebbe wrote about for NOT having the learning done in Yiddish when it would cause learning challenges.

Beautiful photos
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Beautiful photos

Let it be a shnas hatzlacha in learning. Let Moshiach come today and thrill all the sweet bochurim (and maidelach, and the rest of us) with a ride on eagles’ wings to Yerushalayim.

The Rebbe's Yeshiva !!!!!!!
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The Rebbe's Yeshiva !!!!!!!

Mazel Tov to the flagship school of Lubavitch !!! We all know that it is the Rebbe personally who made Oholei Torah Yiddish has so many benefits in instilling the Varimkeit , Simcho and Geshmak of a Lubavitcher Chossid In today’s world of confusion , it is refreshing to see that the young generation of Lubavitch children are being given the tools and nourishment they need in order to grow up to be happy and proud Lubavitcher Chassidim A life of inner satisfaction We have so much to be thankful for There is no better product, nor life style out… Read more »

nachas!!
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nachas!!

so beautiful to see

Great News
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Great News

It’s a worthy effort, and I wish them hatzlocha rabbah.

Don’t the teachers need training in how to teach in a new language?

Do all of the teachers already speak Yiddish themselves?

If there is a teacher who does not yet speak Yiddish, how will he be helped to succeed so that his students will have the best education possible?

Not sure but...
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Not sure but...

Certainly sounds like a good idea to start on pre school where they’re developing their language. Then when they get to school they will already know Yiddish.

great news
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great news

the Rebbe wanted the boys to learn in Yiddish

way to go!!
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way to go!!

YIDDISH is very important!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Former student
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Former student

I’m very happy to see what ot is doing, kol hakavod. I wish the mesivta looked like that when I was there, shekoiach for whoever sponsored the renovations.

From the Rebbe
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From the Rebbe

כפי שהבטחנו 5732 Yechidus Frank Lautenberg EXCERPT FROM A 2 HOUR YECHIDUS IN ENGLISH [The Rebbe had ask Mr Frank Lautenberg to put on Teffilin. Someone asks: Does he not have to learn the brochos or the language, to read Hebrew?] the Rebbe responds: You can do all these thing in English, [Someone asks: All this in English? and the Rebbe responds: in English!, and then the Rebbe continues]: Every boy or girl that is approaching [Yiddishkeit] and does not understand Hebrew or Yiddish, should do all these things in English, it is a pity on the time loss, I… Read more »

To all the concerned citizens
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To all the concerned citizens

Tachlis, it’s not happening so fast… Think abt it, only a few of the preschool teachers know Yiddish…

The Yiddish I learned in OT has been so useful
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The Yiddish I learned in OT has been so useful

It helps me every time I make a business trip to Germany!

May this be with much hatzlacha
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May this be with much hatzlacha

I love this implemattion of the yiddish teaching and I really hope that it works out so the kids can learn and undertsnad and appreciate the yiddish!
And maybe there could be something to help parents learn yiddish?…

teaching the teachers
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teaching the teachers

Who will teach the teachers yiddish? I don’t believe that there are more than a handfull of teachers who can really speak in 100% authentic yiddish. If that’s the case who are they fooling?

RABBI LEVIN!!!
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RABBI LEVIN!!!

Oholei Torah is very lucky to have Rabbi Levin!!! Although unfortunately I didn’t get to be in his class in Shiur Beis, I did slip in to his class here and there, and they were the best Shiurim I’ve heard in my life!!! Wishing you much continued Hatzlocho in your new year!!!

Hebrew not yiddish
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Hebrew not yiddish

Hebrew is the new language of Yidin (ask any Sheliach around the world which language he can try to communicate with yidin from Brazil to Russia) and the Yeshivah should teach Hebrew -holding unto Yiddish makes little sense. Chabad should follow Ger Chassidm and pave the way for other Yiddin by teaching in a language that over 5 million yidin (kein yirbu) speak.

Very happy
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Very happy

Ohelei Torah is acknowledging a problem and fixing it thoughtfully while guarding the Rebbe’s directives. Very proud of this good move.

Kudos to Oholei Torah!
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Kudos to Oholei Torah!

For those who are not comfortable with the new change…the best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in the language..When I was in Bais Rivka in early grades 45 years ago, we learned Chumash with Yiddish Teitch. Although most of the Parent body had a knowledge of the Yiddish language, We students spoke English at home with few words of Yiddish here and there. We hardly understood…Breishis- in Unfang…Bora Elokim-Di Aibershter hut Bashafen…Sohu,Vovohu-Pust un Vist.. These were not in our Vocabulary…yet we immersed ourselves in the Yiddish language and then it got easier. Till today I… Read more »

pta
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pta

Yasher koach to the hard work of the pta member who worked the last few weeks to make sure the renovations for mesivta happened and were completed on time!

Yiddish! Way to go!
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Yiddish! Way to go!

Keep strong with teaching the Yiddish well and the students will surely succeed! Yiddish is the language of our holy Rabbeim.

Sam West
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Sam West

It seems to me that all that want Yiddish are more culturally than educationally motivated….

love oholei torah!!!
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love oholei torah!!!

thank u!!

Facts??
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Facts??

Can someone please confirm the following.

Did the Rashag spend his entire day in Lubavitcher Yishiva on Ocean Parkway (the main school that was overseen by the Fridieker Rebbi’s Son in law)) and under his (reporting to the rebbi ALL) watch was the official language in English??. -Meyer Clapman

Yinglish
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Yinglish

I’m pleased that they decided to address the fundamentally flawed system of a zero language foundation, but it appears they chose the less painful and less constructive route.

Teaching English would require, well, teaching English – a chosid-shote tarfus, and require teachers who could teach it, and books, etc.

Teaching IN Yiddish is one thing. Teaching the language Yiddish, is quite another.

Unfortunatley, the well-intentioned board is going to evetually have to backpedal on this one as well.

Thank you!
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Thank you!

Thank you, thank you, thank you oholei torah for bringing the YIDDISH back!! As a parent of oholei torah for over 25 years, this slide in learning and speaking in yiddish was very troublingto me. This is such good news and so refreshing to hear!! Together with yiddish comes the varimkeit and chasdidishkeit that we so desperately want and need to maintain! Thank you Rabbi Rosenfeld for taking this stand! The Rebbe is certainly proud! You and your family should be gebentcht with gezunt, we need you, and together with your thousands of talmidim kah, jump right into the goulash!!… Read more »

Bad decision
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Bad decision

There is a difference in teaching Yoddish as a language class versus teaching in Yiddish. Teaching in Yiddish results in students not learning the language and not understanding the material

Also, As an earlier commentator mentioned, the common language amongst Jews nowadays is Hebrew and English. I have many Jewish business clients from all the world and most do not speak Yoddish but rather Common English and Hebrew.

Yiddish
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Yiddish

70% of parents DON’T speak yiddish, its just confusing for a kids to read the chumash in Hebrew a language that he do NOT know and to translate it in yiddish another language he doesn’t know (or doesn’t control well) – Kids need to control ONE language fully – How you want to teach a NEW language to a kids without giving proper lesson in Yiddish, any school in the world who teach a language to a class they give lesson and teach the kids the grammar of the language, this demand time and effort its not going to take… Read more »

איך האב געלערנט אין אהלי תורה
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איך האב געלערנט אין אהלי תורה

און איך קען שרייבן אין אידיש נאר וויבאלד זיי האבן מיר אויסגעלערנט!

א דיינק אהלי תורה!

Heartwarming photos
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Heartwarming photos

I feel lucky that boys attend this incredible moised!!!

Not a Yiddish fan but..........
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Not a Yiddish fan but..........

If you read what they are planning to do, all the classroom and talk between students should be in Yiddish. The actual studying should be in English. I hope I am correct

we are losing a whole generation of kids....
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we are losing a whole generation of kids....

So sad to hear this new development…. We are losing a whole generation of kids who will not understand or deeply dislike to learn torah. Teaching in a language that the teachers don’t even speak properly is a real shame!! Will not be sending my boys there as I am not willing to take any chances….

Here are some facts
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Here are some facts

1. If the teachers don’t speak Yiddish amongst themselves, the children won’t either. 2. If the principles don’t speak Yiddish amongst themselves the teachers won’t either… 3. If the board doesn’t speak Yiddish amongst themselves the principles won’t either In which language was the decision quoted in the above discussed and made? In Cheder Menachem LA the principle and teachers chat in Yiddish and the students learn a language called Yiddish. This language is very alive for the students because they constantly hear the Rebbe speaking it, they constantly hear the teachers speaking it and they learn it themselves. Oholei… Read more »

bubby
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bubby

much nachas to all the parents beautiful

hashem zal gebben gezunte lange yaren to all

a gut gebentched yar to one and all

Reb Moshe
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Reb Moshe

Very sad to read about the choice to teach Yiddish, NO one said the school needs 1500 Students they should have a test on day 1 and if the kids are not fluent in yiddish they should not be accepted.

Too late
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Too late

In order for the kids to have Yiddish as their mother tongue they have to start speaking Yiddish in Nursery and Kindergarten. I know first hand. When we had our first child we spoke to him in Yiddish at home until he started going to Oholei Torah Nursery and came home speaking in English. We then became an English speaking family.

Yiddish!
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Yiddish!

Ten Years ago at the age of 16 my son went to Brunoy Yeshiva in France. He spoke English at home and did not know any Yiddish other than 10 simple words. The Rebbeim and staff only spoke Yiddish and Hebrew. It was very overwhelming for my son and he let us know how he felt. Slowly and gradually after the first few months my son caught on and continued to immerse in the language. He spent 3 years in Brunoy and today he speaks a beautiful Yiddish! The key is to be patient and of course to start at… Read more »

Yiddish! Way to go!
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Yiddish! Way to go!

Keep strong with teaching the Yiddish well and the students will surely succeed! Yiddish is the language of our holy Rabbeim.

Yidden! Yiddish!
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Yidden! Yiddish!

#15 note the words “…and does not understand Hebrew or Yiddish…” nu, vegen dos redt men; to change that premise! Yidden! These disapproving sentiments towards going Yiddish – where is it *really* coming from? “S’iz tiff in Elul”, tracht zich arain be’emes, yoda inish benafshei, you might find the little “Misyavnim” inside/around you are the source of these voices… #26 You are completely right! Yiddishkeit and Chassidishkeit are not only about academic education. Chinuch is training for a way of life, Yiddish/Chassidish-keit is as much about the subjects we learn as it is the “culture”, the arum, the varimkeit, the… Read more »

Start earlier
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Start earlier

Yiddish was my first language because I was taught only in Yiddish. Though my parents couldn’t speak it I still thought and therefore wrote and read in Yiddish like most people do in English. The only way to be successful in Yiddish is to start in preschool.

Yiddish in Cheder Menachem LA
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Yiddish in Cheder Menachem LA

As someone mentioned above,
in ChederMenachem I have observed thatYiddish is not just a language for the classroom,
but i have seen Rabbi Greenbaum, the principal speaking to my father in Yiddish very often! as well as many of the rebbeim!
yasher koach!

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