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Update: Rambam 7:40

Rambam 

Several years ago, the “Rambam 7:40” club was founded by Shluchim of the Yeshivah Gedolah of Melbourne, in order to encourage Yeshivah students to learn the daily quota of Mishneh Torah (Maimonides' Code of Jewish law), as per the Rebbe’s instructions. A daily Shiur is delivered by one of the Shluchim during the daily dinner break, at 7:40pm.

This year’s “Rambam 7:40” builds on the remarkable success of previous years. “Rambam 7:40” offers first rate incentives including daily refreshments, a fortnightly sushi lunch, a monthly raffle, and weekly and monthly raffles with prizes pegged to the amount of attendees. Attendees also receive a free copy of the weekly “Chayenu” publication (a weekly Torah magazine for the English speaker). This past week, close to 20 students successfully completed one month of Rambam, and celebrated their achievement with a special Shiur and barbecue held at the Joseph residence.

“Rambam 7:40” is partly sponsored by Dovi Lesches (Brooklyn, NY) in memory of his grandparents, Moshe ben Yeshayahu and Chana Leah bas Yeshayahu.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Shliach Shmuel Slonim (0452-388-770) or the Rabbinical College office.

Photo Credits: Dovy Straiton 

Rambam 

Rambam 

Rambam 

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Yud Shevat at Yeshivah Gedolah

Yud Shevat 

The 10th of Shevat is the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn (1880-1950), the sixth Rebbe of Chabad-Lubavitch, who settled in New York after enduring Stalinist imprisonment in 1927, as well as the horrors of war-torn Europe. On the same day exactly one year later, at a gathering of Chassidim marking the first Yahrtzeit of the previous Rebbe, the Rebbe delivered a Chassidic discourse entitled Basi L'Gani (“I Came into My Garden”), effectively signifying his formal acceptance of the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.

In order to mark this special day, the Shluchim at the Rabbinical College launched a Mivtzah (campaign) designed to encourage the students in their preparations for this special day. The Mivtzah was coordinated by Shliach Shmuel Slonim and Shliach Mendy Lieberman.

For an entire month, the Yeshivah was gripped with an inspiring and electric atmosphere, as the students strove to further enhance all areas of their daily conduct. The students participated in a variety of ways, such as attending optional Shiurim, filling out a daily Duch (report), and making and keeping a personal Hachlata (resolution). Additionally, many of the students learned and memorized Basi L'Gani, and the entire student body gathered together to hear, learn and review the Rebbe’s talks of Yud Shevat 5735 (1975). 

The month-long campaign concluded with an exhilarating Farbrengen (Chassidic gathering), the theme of which was Hiskashrus – maintaining our bond with the Rebbe. The evening concluded with a number of raffles. The grand-prize winner was Levi Gutnick, who was selected to travel and represent the Yeshivah on Yud Shevat, at Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights (New York, USA).

Photo Credits: Dovi Straiton.

Yud Shevat 

Yud Shevat 

Yud Shevat 

Yud Shevat 

Yud Shevat 

Yud Shevat 

Yud Shevat 

Yud Shevat 

Yud Shevat 

Dear Alumni

Moshe Rudd (far left in the picture above) is an alumnus of the Rabbinical College of Australia & NZ, 5771 (2011). In this excerpt of a letter, Moshe shares the indelible impression that YG has had on him.

Dear rabbis and fellow alumni,

... My experiences last year at Melbourne’s Yeshivah Gedolah continue to guide me in my current studies. One of the most important things I picked up at YG was that successful learning requires disciplined restraint. Just as one can’t eat a full plate of food all at once, but must eat it in measured bites, so too, one can’t digest all there is to learn at once. Learning will not be successful if it is crammed and not properly thought out. Also, one can’t have a good day of learning after waking up late, or davening and eating too quickly. Everything must have its set time, and every goal needs to be worked at a steady and measured pace.

This is actually a lesson for anything in life: Whatever needs to be accomplished, in whatever area of life – make a plan, use the time wisely, make sure there is time and attention for every detail, and don't try to swallow the whole plate at once!

There are other ways in which my experiences last year continue to affect me. I am currently learning Masechta Chagiga, which I was inspired to do by the fond memories I have of Levi Brown and Moshe Winner learning this Masechta last year. I’ve even dreamt of the Shluchim demanding further improvement! Clearly, YG has had a lasting impact upon me.

Being that my birthday is on 14 Teves, I wish to conclude this letter by wishing you all success in all of your aspirations, and all in good health.

Best regards,

Moshe Rudd 

CGI Melbourne 5772

CGI Melbourne is a fortnight-long summer camp organized by Chabad Youth (external website). The comprehensive camp program is designed to imbue the campers with a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage, through exciting activities, stories, songs, discussions, games and contests.

CGI Melbourne is staffed by the Shluchim and students of the Rabbinical College, who serve as counsellors and learning teachers, or function in other camp roles. Our Shluchim and students are great role models as they warmly care for each individual child, ensuring a rich and wholesome experience replete with fun, friendship and meaningful educational experiences.

Photo Credits: Eli Einbinder

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

Camp Gan Israel - Melbourne 

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