In MMY, as in most yeshivot, the month of Nissan is
vacation time. While many of our talmidot return temporarily to chutz
la'aretz to spend Pesach with their families, many others opt to remain
in Eretz Yisrael for Pesach, to take advantages of the unique atmosphere
these few weeks provide. For example, here's a picture one of our talmidot
took of "hachsharat keilim" in Meah Shearim:
We in MMY work hard to facilitate a positive Nissan
experience by organizing quality activities whenever there is interest.
This year, as every year, a large number of our talmidot
traveled to Poland with Heritage Seminars before returning
to Israel or to chutz la'aretz for Pesach itself. As in past years, Rabbi
Katz went with them. (To read about a student's experience on Heritage
several years ago, click
Meanwhile, back in Israel, a variety of interesting
and exciting programs was taking place. We began with some volunteer
work, spending a day painting a poor family's apartment (organized
by the "Livnot ul'Hibanot" organization). This day was both
fun and rewarding.
Then, the highlight of the month: a group of 12 talmidot,
one madricha and our fearless tour-guide Moshe set out for a three-day
"YAM L'YAM" trip - crossing
Israel from the Mediterranean Sea to the Kineret on foot! (The truth is,
Rabbi Haber didn't think they could do it. But, they certainly PROVED
HIM WRONG!) Click here to see photos
of this first-ever accomplishment!
The second week of the month involved returning to MMY
for a day of learning, and then traveling out to Nof
Ayalon where we baked our own Matzot Shmurot for use
at the seder! As an added bonus, we also popped over to Rabbi
Felberman's house for a (chametz) lunch in his backyard.
Of course, the remaining days until Pesach were spent
cleaning the dorm and helping families
prepare for the chag. Many of the talmidot spent Yom Tov at the homes
of their teachers. During chol hamoed, a busload of girls went on a school
trip down to the beach and spa at the Dead Sea.
All in all, the sentiment most commonly heard from the
girls who were here was "I'm so glad I stayed!"