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YG Annual Mid-Winter Shabbaton

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On Shabbos Behaaloscha (may 24-25), students of the Rabbinical College of Australia & NZ enjoyed the annual mid-winter Shabbaton, arranged by the Shluchim. The Shabbaton took place at Log Cabin Camp, a rustic bush resort located at scenic Creswick, a two hour drive from Melbourne.

The Bochurim enjoyed some recreation when they arrived at the campsite, after which they made their final Shabbos preparations. Friday night began with Mincha and a moving Seder Nigunnim, which was followed by Seder Sichos and a very lively Kabbolas Shabbos. The Bochurim shared stories and Divrei Torah around the Shabbos table. Before long, the Shabbos meal turned into one of YG’s legendary “Hiskashrus” Farbrengens that went on late into the night, past 2:30 in the morning.

Despite the late night, Shabbos morning began bright and early with a refreshing Mikvah dip in the ice-cold lake, followed by pastries and a packed Shiur Chassidus by the fireside. One of the highlights of davening was the Aliyos auction, in which Hachlotos (good resolutions) were tendered as bids.

The Shabbos meal and Farbrengen was interlaced with inspired singing, and went all the way to Mincha. Shabbos concluded with a Seder Niggunim, Maariv and Havdallah.

At the Melave Malka banquet, the Bochurim viewed a special video collage of the current year at YG. The Bochurim then enjoyed a trivia game and a round of Grammen. There was also a bit of time for a grand game of Gaga and canoening before the Bochurim then boarded the bus for the ride back to Melbourne – refreshed and reinvigorated by the inspirational Shabbaton.  

A special Yasher Koach to all who made this project possible, including the Shluchim for arranging and coordinating the Shabbaton, the team of Bochurim who helped make the Shabbaton the success that it was, Mr Mordechai Joseph for overseeing the Gashmius, and Rabbi Schneier for chaperoning the event.

Photo Credits: Dovi Straiton and Mendy Reicher

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Kinus Torah at YG

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The Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand (Yeshivah Gedolah – Melbourne) hosted a communal Kinus Torah on Sunday the tenth of Sivan (May 19, 2013). The Kinus was convened in conjunction with Shavuos, as per the Rebbe’s directive that a Kinus be held on, or immediately after, each Yom Tov.

The Kinus was chaired by Shliach Yisroel Ohana, and began with an in-depth analysis regarding the weekday status of the days following Shavuos, and how they capture the essence of what Shavuos is really all about, delivered by Shliach Sholom Dovber Pewzner. Rabbi Binyomin Cohen (Rosh Yeshivah) discussed the injunction that one's knowledge of Torah be fluent enough to provide an immediate answer to any queries posed to him.

Rabbi Mottel Krasnjanski (Rov - Ohr Chadash) delivered an intricate discourse on the extent of a woman's obligation with regards to the Mitzvos of Kiddush, Megillah, and the lighting of the Chanukah Menorah. Rabbi Yonasan Johnson (Rosh Kollel - Kollel Menachem) explained and defined the approach of the Alter Rebbe regarding squeezing lemons on Shabbos. Dayan Yehudah Katz (Dayan - Adass Yisroel) discussed the Halacha of verbally pronouncing the words of Torah when learning, peppering his talk with anecdotes, Vertelach, Divrei Agadah and Divrei Chizuk. Rabbi Yaakov Barber (Rov - South Caulfield Shule) explained the processes and functions of Hefker (declaring one's property ownerless) and Yiush (despairing of a lost or stolen object).

The next talk featured a student of Yeshivah College, Yehoshua Chalk, who clarified whether a loan repayment in another currency creates a concern of Ribbis (interest). He was followed by a student of Mesivtah, Chaim Groner, who discussed which day of the week the Torah was given, and the practical ramifications with regards to one who crosses the dateline during Sefirah. Moshe Amzalak, student of Yeshivah Gedolah, defined the differences between Hefker and Yiush, focussing on the Alter Rebbe's famous responsum on the subject.

At the conclusion of the Kinus, Rabbi Zvi Telsner (Dayan - Yeshivah Centre) focussed on the laws of Brochos as they relate to Daled Kossos (four cups of wine at the Seder).

Mendel Hertz closed the Kinus with a Siyum of Sefer Kedushah of the Rambam.

All in all, the event featured a large and diverse crowd, who thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of subjects addressed at this year’s Kinus. Special thanks to Rabbi Krasnjanski for sponsoring the refreshments, and Shliach Mendel Hertz and the rest of the Shluchim for organizing the Kinus.

Photo Credits: Dovi Straiton

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YG builds Lag B'Omer Float

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