Annual MAY Grand Siyum

Mesivta Ateres Yaakov celebrated its annual Grand Siyum, recognizing 84 talmidim who completed an unprecedented 109 Masechtos of Sha”s or Sedarim of Mishnayos over the course of the school year.  At the eagerly anticipated event, close to 200 parents, grandparents and relatives joined the student Mesaymim and their Rabbeim in the Mesivta’s new gymnasium to celebrate this achievement together.


After a beautiful buffet dinner, Rabbi Yaffe delivered Divrei Pesichah, commenting on the tremendous pride the Mesivta has in these talmidim. Noting a number of remarkable achievements, including the 11 juniors who completed the entire Masechtas Tamid over the weekend of the Yeshiva’s Spring Shabbaton and the 3 talmidim who completed Pesachim, the Yeshiva’s iyun masechta, Rabbi Yaffe focused on the commitment, discipline and self-control necessary to maintain the consistent schedule required to complete a masechta. Listing each boy and “his Masechtos” by name, he added that the Torah that the talmidim in the Mesivta learn is Toras Emes and Toras Chaim, not simply an intellectual pursuit.

Rabbi Yaffe then introduced Senior Danni Noskow, who completed Masechtas Beitzah, to deliver divrei Torah. Danni spoke about the commitment of learning and how true Limud HaTorah is not just learning a masechta, but connecting to the Torah, to the guidance of the Torah, and learning a “way of life” filled with passion and simcha. Danni thanked his Rabbeim for their guidance and tutelage and for giving him a true perspective of Limud HaTorah.

The guest speaker for the event was Rabbi Baruch Rabinowitz, former longtime Rebbe at MAY, who is currently the Menahel of Mesivta Torah Vo’Da’as. In his passionate and eloquent manner, Rabbi Rabinowitz spoke about the constant dedication, commitment and diligence necessary to be Mesayim a Masechta, complementing the talmidim and praising them for having the chashivus haTorah that they exhibited.

Led by senior Shua Sinensky, the 84 Mesaymim then recited the Hadran together. Each talmid was given two gifts from the Yeshiva, a monetary incentive award and a choshuveh sefer.

The Mesivta thanks S’gan Menahel, Rabbi Yossi Bennett, for organizing the event. Rabbi Bennett commented, “We are so proud of and inspired by our talmidim and the sheer amount of learning accomplished this z’man. It’s simply incredible! It bears testament to their commitment to learning and the commitment of our Rabbeim to their talmidim.”

The evening closed with leibudik dancing in joyous celebration of Torah.

Last Updated on January 2019