The atmosphere was charged with joy and pride. Parents, friends and community, hailing from across the States joined to honor the achievement of the newly ordained rabbonim from Kollel Tiferes Menachem in Los Angeles and to mark the culmination of a remarkable 19th year at the Smicha Yeshiva B”H.
This year at Kollel Tiferes Menachem has been an especially fulfilling one, baruch Hashem, in all respects. The courses of learning include in-depth study of halacha with shiurim from Rosh HaKollel Rabbi Dovid Schmukler, regular shiurim in Chassidus with renown Mashpia and author of Chabad.org fame Rabbi Tzvi Freeman, night seder in Chassidus with shiurim from Rabbi Schmukler.
Classes on unconventional topics in Torah were presented by business entrepreneur Zvi Ryzman, Winner of the Jerusalem Prize for Torah Literature, Rabbi Shimon Raichik, Rav of the Los Angeles Chabad Community gave shiurim on practical Halacha. Other lecturers and presenters include Rabbi Yanky Raichik and Mr. Bruce Bloom of the Chevra Kadisha, Rabbi Reuven Nathanson of the OU for a real-life class on today’s consumer kashrus, and a hands-on shechita and melicha class with Rabbi Zalmen Schmukler.
The curriculum was augmented by a series of classes on dating and marriage from a spectrum of presenters. Classes were given by Rabbi Ari Laine, author of GPS for A Happier Marriage, Rabbi Mendel Schapiro, who gave a Chassidic outlook on marriage, Rabbi Tzvi Freeman who presented thought-provoking insights into Jewish love and marriage, and Rabbi Dovid Schmukler, who gave practical applications of Torah principles in marriage. The series culminated in Kollel Tiferes Menachem’s fifth annual all-day course with Rabbi Manis Friedman on the beautiful campus of Chabad of Pacific Palisades. Rabbi Friedman addressed questions of before and during dating, and after marriage, such as: What is the role of a husband? Making lists; is it a good idea? What you need to know about yourself before dating, providing perspective-changing insight to guide the students and prepare them for this most important life event.
Rabbi Dovid Schochet, Chief Rabbi of Toronto and Rabbi Boruch Hertz, Rav of Lubavitch in Chicago farhered the bochurim.
Among the speakers to address the crowd were Rabbi Tzvi Freeman – Mashpia and Senior Editor at Chabad.org, Rabbi Dovid Schmukler – Rosh HaYeshiva of Kollel Tiferes Menachem, and Rabbi Dr. Michael Langberg, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Cedars Sinai, both proud parent and newly ordained rabbi! Rabbi Dr. Langberg gave the audience an insider’s view of what goes on at the Smicha Yeshiva, and congratulated the staff, the parents and the students for an incredible year of hard work, growth and achievement. The overall feeling was one of camaraderie and purpose, illuminated by Torah and Chassidus, achieved through intense study of Halacha and Chassidus.
Rabbi Mendel Feldman masterfully served as master of ceremonies, Rabbi Mendel Broner and Rabbi Levi Sputz addressed the crowd, each engaging the crowd with an impressive Dvar Torah and expressing gratitude for an exceptional year. A video featuring the students from Kollel Tiferes Menachem gave the audience a glimpse into the nature of the bochurim’s regimen and achievements.
Mazal tov to the kvutza… Dr. Michael Langberg, Avraham Arnold, Avi Baitelman, Avi Baitelman, Mendel Broner, Mendel Cohen, Mendel Douek, Uri Feigelstock, Mendel Feldman, Mendel Gordon, Yanky Hecht, Noson Kremer, Joshua Langberg, Chaim Levilev, Chananya Niasoff, Mendel Pinson, Mendel Plotkin, Mendel Raichik, Efraim Schmukler, Levi Sputz, Shia Tick and Yitzchok Toron.
Participants left with an uplifting sense of warmth and inspiration. As one parent expressed, “What they get here, they don’t get anywhere else! This year has really exceeded all of our expectations. Thank you!”
May this auspicious occasion be the stepping stone for many others bezH, with the new Rabbis taking leadership roles in rabbanus and shlichus the world over.
Photo Credit: Dovid Michel Freeman