Yeshivas Toras Moshe's
36th Anniversary Tribute Dinner
Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Toras Moshe Celebrates 36 Years of True Chiyus  – Learning and Disseminating Torah

Yeshivas Toras Moshe’s 36th Anniversary Tribute Dinner celebrates a historic milestone. From the day of its founding by the Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman, back in 1982, Yeshivas Toras Moshe has succeeded as a premier Torah institution that has had a profound impact on thousands of תלמידים. 

The Dinner's theme, כי הם חיינו, emphasizes the Yeshiva's unique, carefully arranged and structured derech of the centrality of learning in the lives of its .תלמידים כי הם חיינו also embodies the plural of the word “חי”, alluding to the thirty-six years of the Yeshiva's existence. What is the formula for its remarkable achievement?

The answer is embodied in the English rendition of the Dinner theme: "Living with Torah”. Yeshivas Toras Moshe continues to instill in its תלמידים the supremacy of לימוד התורה and its central role in the life of a Jew, both inside and outside of the בית המדרש.  Upon reaching "two times chai", it is time to celebrate the Yeshiva's past, help chart its future, and reflect with gratitude on its unique mission.

The Yeshiva is named for Rav Moshe Soloveichik, a scion of the Volozhin-Brisk mesorah and grandfather of the Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Moshe Meiselman.  Imbued by the twin ideals of transforming America into a makom Torah and the return of Torah to Eretz Yisroel, Toras Moshe was established for the highly motivated American talmid with high aspirations.  Generations of Toras Moshe alumni have returned to America, contributing to the growth of Torah there. Many have remained in Eretz Yisroel to play a role in the torah's return to its home.

Recollections shared by alumni from eighteen years ago, as well as thirty-six years ago, echo this sentiment. When a תלמיד arrives in Yeshiva, he quickly recognizes that Toras Moshe is a serious מקום תורה; utmost effort and performance is expected of every תלמיד. He notices how the intense learning never stops – it spreads beyond the בית מדרש and the שיעורים to the dining room and the dormitory, where the Torah discussions continue with the same passion.  He sees תלמידים from different שיעורים exchanging the insights of their rebbeim and חברותות, and begins to develop a lifelong passion for לימוד התורה on a high level.

The Rosh HaYeshiva and his staff of handpicked תלמידי חכמים and מגידי שיעור are there to guide, influence and inspire the daily lives of their תלמידים, as well as many of the decisions they will make years later.  They work with each תלמיד in a way that reflects his unique background and personality. They focus on the bochur's strengths and talents, and then help bring it out in a Torah’dig manner.  This dedication and effort produce alumni who serve as ראשי ישיבה, ראשי כולל, מחנכים, רבנים, מחברי ספרים, עסקנים, and respected בעלי בתים.  Whatever path they pursue in life, Toras Moshe alumni continue to maintain learning סדרים even after an exhausting day and overwhelming life responsibilities; arriving home late in the evening, they will still find an hour or two to learn.  Years after leaving Yeshiva, they continue to relish the delight and pleasure of learning בעיון, as encouraged and advanced by Toras Moshe. 

The production and publication of last year's inaugural kuntres – which contained 150 shticklach Torah from the Yeshiva's alumni – served as a most eloquent testimony to the alumni's steadfast commitment to the Yeshiva’s high standards of excellence (see sidebar).  This year, תלמידים from all walks of life are already submitting their חידושי תורה for inclusion in the second volume of the kuntres, which will be distributed at the upcoming Dinner. 

Once again, all the rebbeim will be coming in to participate and grace the Dinner, celebrating and deriving well-deserved נחת from their very special “investments” – their wonderful תלמידים.

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