This week, the last of the zman and the year, was devoted to chazara and taking of finals. Rebbeim spent the week meeting with students and reviewing with students their progress throughout the year. Fourth-year students, our musmachim-to-be, met with Dr. Michelle Friedman and myself, in an exit interview in which we looked back at the entire yeshiva experience and discussed the challenges and opportunities that await them in the years to come. Student also participated in a student assessment of their classes and the yeshiva overall, filling the assessment out over the web as they enjoyed a special year-end lunch.
The week was capped off with an informal get-together at my home yesterday afternoon, and a special brunch that will be taking place this morning, with the musmachim, their friends and family, and with all the students and staff of the yeshiva. The musmachim shaped this brunch, which has now become a tradition at the yeshiva, and we look forward to hearing from them as they share final reflections, expressions of gratitude, and hopes for the future. It will be a beautiful closing of the year, allowing us all to celebrate with the musmachim in an intimate setting before they go off into the big wide world.
The Semikha ceremony honoring the musmachim will be this Sunday and we are all eagerly anticipating the event. YCT musmach Rabbi Mishael Zion (YCT 2011) will be emceeing the ceremony, and we will have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the YCT class of 2012. So, in our mazal tov department, a hearty Mazal Tov to our musmachim of 2012:
Rabbi Aaron Braun
Rabbi Gabriel Greenberg
Rabbi Mordechai Harris
Rabbi Ari Hart
Rabbi Simon Livson
Rabbi Daniel Passow
Rabbi Michael Stein
Rabbi Joshua Strosberg
Mazal Tov to each one of these wonderful young men. May they journey forth to teach Torah to Klal Yisrael, to lead, to inspire, and to bring all of us closer to one another and to Avinu Shebashamayim. Mazal Tov!