Mesivta Ateres Yaakov held its annual yeshiva-wide Chanukah mesibah on ZosChanukah, the last day of yomtov. The event combined limudhaTorah with exciting, fun, ruach-filled, student-centered activities. This final celebration comes after the talmidim have already enjoyed individual class mesibos, hosted by their rebbeim throughout Chanukah.
Following a morning of learning, the yeshiva’s nearly 200 talmidim came together for a special buffet lunch of many fried and oily delicacies, and inspiring Chanukah divreiTorah by senior Yoel Weizberg.
Talmidim then eagerly competed with each other—grade versus grade—in an intense, entertaining, and challenging game of “Wheel of Chanukah,” hosted by Rabbi Tsvi Greenfield, director of student activities, and Rabbi Yossi Bennett, assistant menahel. The competition challenged the talmidim’s knowledge in various areas of Chanukah. The enthusiasm was palpable and tension rose as freshmen and sophomores challenged the older juniors and seniors. However, sage age triumphed. When the dust settled, the twelfth grade emerged victorious and, as a reward, will enjoy a free breakfast during the school’s upcoming annual mid-winter ski trip.
However, the excitement and fun was only just beginning! What ensued was an electrifying event. The live musical entertainment drew the crowd onto the dance floor where talmidim and rebbeim broke out into leibidik dancing. Walls were shaking and tables rattling as talmidim embraced the departing ruchniyus of the yomtov.
“Our talmidim learn and work hard,” commented the menahel, Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, “but ruach-filled events such as these are important to building a well-rounded benTorah, and they energize us all to redouble our efforts.”