Friday, August 21, 2009

Mazal tov: Matmid edition

Warning: The following post may exceed the recommended daily allowance for parental bragging. Proceed at your own risk.


The Our Shiputzim management would like to extend an exceedingly warm and heartfelt

מזל טוב

to our very own dear ESG

on his recent siyum on the entire Chamishah Chumshei Torah (the Five Books of the Torah)!

As some of you know, in addition to his long day in school, ESG goes to an intensive and completely voluntary 5-days-a-week afternoon Talmud Torah.

Going to this optional Talmud Torah was (and is) ESG’s own choice and initiative, and BA”H, he has earned a name for himself as quite the matmid (loosely, diligent and dedicated Torah scholar). (Did I not warn you that there would be boasting? :-))

The boys learn Chumash and Mishnah without skipping anything. In the Mishnah class, they finished the entire Seder Zera’im last year* and are currently approaching the end of Seder Mo’ed. Meanwhile, they just finished all Five Books of the Torah in their Chumash class.

Brief sociological digression: When YZG and I were growing up in the States, afterschool Talmud Torahs used to refer to something that public school kids attended – usually in a Conservative temple. But here in Israel, even kids like ESG, who attend excellent dual curriculum Torani schools during the day, may choose to go to an afterschool Talmud Torah in order to get in a few more hours of extra Torah learning.  </digression>

Anyway, this year’s siyum began with a tour of Gush Etzion and ended with a festive meal in Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut, together with Rav Lichtenstein.

Each boy got to shake Rav Lichtenstein’s hand before receiving a copy of a sefer called “Iturei Halachah: Ahavat Chessed” and also a personalized certificate:

SiyumMazal tov also to ESG’s very proud parents, grandparents, and siblings.

!חודש טוב ושבת שלום ומבורך


*You can read about last year’s siyum in Rav Neventzal’s house in the Old City here.


  1. Very impressive! That is definitely something to boast about. Mazal Tov to the Matmid and to his (justifiably proud) mishpacha.

  2. Raizy - Thanks! Chodesh tov and Shabbat Shalom!

  3. I enjoyed your bragging very much. Feel proud! Shabbat Shalom.

  4. Congratulations - you have every reason to be proud!

  5. We're impressed as usual.

  6. Toby - Thank you.

    SPYYMZ - Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday IY"H!

  7. "in addition to his long day in school"
    LONG DAY???

    P.S. I commented, but there will be no more comments after this one on this post.

  8. MAG - LONG DAY???
    It's all relative. Your school day may be longer than ESG's, but yours pales in comparison to the CTO's...

    (Now we just need to get YAT to also return to the comment section, and then we'll really be back in business...)

  9. Batya - Thanks!

    ESG has been reading all the comments, and he really appreciates everyone's kind words.

  10. Mazel tov to your son and to his parents. You have every right to be proud.
    I personally like to read the Torah Study Yeshivat Har Etzion sends out every week.

  11. Ilana-Davita - Thanks.
    YZG (aka "Mr. S.") is also a big fan of Yeshivat Har Etzion's Virtual Beit Midrash.

  12. For the first time, I did not scare everybody away!!!
    (this comment will)

  13. As part of the grandparent contingent, I would like to say we too are proud (as always) of ESG.

  14. Imma - I guess MAG didn't scare you away?

  15. No, he didn't.
    See you i"h tomorrow


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