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.
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 here.)
Meanwhile, back in Israel, a variety of interesting and exciting programs was taking place. We started off with "Chessed Day", where our talmidot volunteered their morning picking cabbage in an area of a field which the farmer had donated to Tzedaka. The girls picked almost a ton of cabbages which were passed on to organizations who distribute food to the poor (this is a modern application of the Mitzvah of "Peah".) That afternoon (after stopping in Tel Aviv for lunch on the beach) the girls volunteered at the Beit Elazraki orphanage in Netanya.
The next day was spent learning the laws of Pesach in MMY. The following week the girls hiked for three days "Yam L'Yam" (accross Israel from West to East), and then the next day travelled to Nof Ayalon where they learned the laws of baking Matzah and then baked their own Matzot which they brought with them to eat at their Pesach Seder.