• Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt, Rabbinic Assistant at the BAYT, has been a pleasure to learn from. He is always the first to initiate programs and to offer shiurim. From his program on Internet use to running the Middle School Minyan to his very many shiurim and divrei torah to his Halachah of the Week to his presence and counseling during pastoral care, Rabbi Goldschmiedt has been marbitz torah and exemplifies the very best values of Yeshiva University and Torah miTzion. Rabbi Goldschmiedt is always happy to discuss and research any topic and provide guidance on any issue. The BAYT has grown stronger with Rabbi Goldschmiedt’s contributions.
- Melech T.
• I learn with Rabbi Goldschmiedt in the YU Bekius Program at Or Chaim. Since the beginning of the year, Rabbi Goldschmiedt has always had a smile on his face. He is so inviting and is always trying to bring more people to the program. His love of Torah and learning are clearly expressed through his knowledge of the material and ability to answer questions. He explains things very clearly which helps everyone get into the learning. I always look forward to the shiur because Rabbi Goldschmiedt is such a good person to be around and talk to…
- Uri F.
• My daughter, my grandson and I have truly been privileged to participate in the Navi class given by Hillel. His insightful and thought provoking shiurim brought us back week after week. It is a rare teacher who can appeal to such a broad spectrum of ages, and Hillel has brilliantly succeeded at that. We are grateful to him for all his efforts…
- Anne W.
• I attended Hillel’s Parshat Hashavua Shiur in Hebrew at Associated (Zichron Yisroel) on Sunday mornings. I really enjoy going to that shiur for a variety of reasons. First, it keeps my Hebrew sharp when I hear a native Israeli speak. Even though Hillel speaks very fast, he’s clear, and very understandable. Secondly, I really enjoy the meaning that I’m able to derive from his shiur – it’s more than just an interesting twist on the text – it’s a useful life lesson that I’m able to derive from his shiur. Usually, in a very clever way, he’s able to show us a deeper insight into the text than I would ever have been able to see. It’s also very ironic – I learn a tremendous amount from him- and he’s younger than my youngest daughter!
- Jack W.
• I attended Rabbi Goldschmiedt’s Bekiut Talmud Shiur on Masechet Rosh Hashana in Yeshiva Or Chaim. We learned three times a week at lunch and covered the procedures for declaring a new year, the methods Chazal used to keep the calendar accurate, and the Halachot about making a shofar, among other things. I would look forward each time to the in-depth look at these Halachot-Rabbi Goldschmiedt would always explain every sugya, no matter how complex, in a clear, readily understandable manner, leading to much enthusiastic discussion of each detail. Even though we were supposed to be in the official contest, it never felt that way-Rabbi Goldschmiedt’s lessons were always easygoing, inviting thought on the material as opposed to simply memorizing it. Rabbi Goldschmiedt has no doubt made an impact on many of the students as an excellent teacher…
- Shlomo W.
• It was my pleasure to attend the Navi class given by Hillel Horovitz on Monday evenings at Congregation Bnai Torah.
Hillel’s presentations were always well prepared and researched. As a lecturer he presented his material & ideas in a logical and vibrant manner. Tanach & Jewish history came alive and relevant for us. Hillel’s insights into human nature–the strengths and the weaknesses–were those of someone way beyond his age. To leave a warm, comfortable home on a frosty, wintry evening in order to attend a shiur by Hillel was an enriching and worthwhile learning experience not to be missed.
We read in Pirkei Avot, “Greet every person in a friendly manner.”(Chapter 4:20) In addition to Hillel’s talents as an engaging teacher, his sense of humour and midot endeared him to all the participants. Hillel’s e-mail messages and homework reminders every few days kept us focused on our study of Tanach. Being greeted by his cheerful and warm smile as we arrived made us feel truly welcome. Any and all comments and opinions offered by the audience were received with politeness and appreciation.
Hillel’s shiurim and his personal example as a true Ben Torah will remain an inspiration for years to come.
We also had the privilege of participating in Michal’s excellent programs. Her unique and creative talents brought us a taste of Israeli culture. Through her presentations of Israeli films, book reviews, holiday celebrations and Israeli style foods, to name a few, Michal exposed us to different perspectives on contemporary Jewish issues. Many opportunities and challenges facing Israeli society were enthusiastically discussed and debated after each event.
By their hospitality and their generous gifts of time and energy, both Hillel and Michal added much ruach and enjoyment to our community…
- Rosalie W.
• From the moment Hillel Horovitz arrived in Toronto, he had a tremendous impact on the community. We were all amazed by his vast knowledge and by his superb ability to impact this information. I attended his Monday night shiurim at B’nai Torah, as well as interacting with him on a regular basis at the Shul. His classes attracted a dedicated core of eager attendees. Hillel always prepared the material meticulously and conscientiously, which was greatly appreciated. He encouraged discussion and interaction with the class. He has great facility for clarifying difficult interpretations and his delivery is anything but dry. We were often rewarded by his welcome sense of humor. All in all it has been a rewarding experience to learn from this gifted young person…
- Rolf L.
• Over the past two years, I had the opportunity to learn with Yair Manas on numerous occasions, both pre and post his rabbinical ordination. Last year, he gave a Shabbat afternoon shiur on masechet Sukka at the Mizrachi Bayit. This year, when he moved further south, several of us continued with a private chabura at his house on Masechet Sanhedrin. Over the past few weeks, I have joined with him in a private chevruta with Yair on Minchat Chinuch.
His shiurim were always very well prepared, and accompanied by a well-researched source sheet with a variety of sources—which would of course ensure that we do not progress through the Gemara too quickly as we explored the issues from a variety of perspectives. Most notable is his personable and friendly attitude. I often brought my high school age son along to the shiurim, and Yair would always make sure to include him in the discussion in the same way that he did with the adults. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Yair for his role in the Yeshiva University Torah MiTzion Kollel in Toronto, and (although I hope I still have a few more months to learn with him) to wish him well in his future endeavors. I expect to hear great things about him in the future.
- Jerrold L.
• Thank you so much for your contributions to our shul. In particular, your leading the Shaarei Shomayim Parent Child Learning program on the winter/early-havdala Motzaei Shabbatot was great for my son Eliyahu. He very eagerly looked forward to learning with you every week. Eliyahu was actually quite disappointed when he learned that the program was ending, once Havdala went too late. Your attention to an appropriate set of material, lending itself to the parent-child learning environment, and especially your friendly interactions with Eliyahu, were greatly appreciated.
- David F.
• I attended Hillel’s Navi shiur at Congregation Bnai Torah every Monday night for about a year and a half. His shiurim covered the books of Yehoshua, Shmuel and we are currently in the middle of sefer Melachim. I continued coming to his weekly shiur because he explained the chapters covered each week in a way that allowed people to understand them as well as adding in his own personal preferences when there were differing interpretations possible. He lightened the mood in the shiur by way of humor, which made people feel comfortable enough to contribute ideas and be involved in the learning. He was always organized and well prepared and I also appreciated being able to take home source sheets for review. I suppose that the main reason that I attended the shiur as often as I did was because I enjoyed it so much, due to all of the above aspects.
I also had the privilege of attending a couple of shiurim that Michal gave on several occasions. Her shiurim were always on very interesting topics which made me want to attend them. Michal was always well prepared and presented the material so as to challenge its simplest meaning. I found this approach to be very thought provoking, and so, very intriguing and therefore enjoyable…
- Sara F.
• Rabbi Manas ran a fantastic Parent-Child Learning program. My 2 younger boys enjoyed it very much. My eldest is in grade 9 and does not attend. I have attended many of his shiurim during his tenure with our shul…
- Raphi Z.
• Last year I attended a shiur in Minchat Chinuch given by Rabbi Manas. The shiur was given once a week at Clanton Park Shul. I found the shiur to be absolutely fascinating. The Minchat Chinuch is a brilliant work which deals with the 613 Mitzvot. It is extremely complete and hightly analytical. Rabbi Manas rose to the challenge of presenting this complicated material in a n organized and clear fashion so that it was very comprehensible. I also enjoyed the dynamics of the shiur. He encouraged participation and was also very pleased to answer questions. I have no doubt that this shiur required extensive preparation, especially given the supplementary material which he handed out at every shiur…
- Michael L.
• I have been most fortunate to learn b’chavrusa with Rabbi Manas for the past couple of years…I should really say it was more like rebbee/talmid relationship…his scope of Talmudic knowledge is remarkable…he teats all my questions as if they are truly relevant and has a tremendous koach of hasbara…most of all he makes the Gemara come alive with his genuine excitement!!!…
- Irwin D.
• I have been visiting B’nai Torah at regular intervals for 20 years. For some reason the first thing that used to catch my eye as I entered the building was the red fire extinguisher affixed to the wall by the entrance.
Instructions read: Aim nozzle at flames to extinguish fired in the building. Two years ago a new installation caught my eye, ginger rather than red. His name: Hillel. His role: to fan spiritual fires at B’nai Torah.
Hillel Horovitz travels the GTA delivering shiurim to shuls, learning one on one across all age ranges, teaching with humour and energy and igniting flames of Torah with each connection he makes.
Instructions should read: Aim Hillel at souls to cause fires.
- Michael M.
• I have the pleasure of attending the Shiur B’Ivrit by Hillel Horovitz at Zichron Yisroel of Associated Hebrew Schools.
Although I have attended shiurim around the city in the past, I have never before been so dedicated in attending as I am for my Sunday morning shiur with Hillel Horovitz. Hillel is an outstanding mechanech – a giver of learning and a guide to new ways of thinking. It is clear that Hillel puts careful thought into who his audience is. He plans his sources, the questions he poses, the thought process he wishes to take us through, and the resolutions to the original questions. He is careful to make sure there is time for us to offer our own thoughts and questions. We are not an easy audience – we probably ask questions that would not be asked in every learning group, and that are not the questions a shiur leader might expect. Hillel demonstrates more than patience for our questions and comments. He shows deep respect for the questions and where our comments are coming from. He clearly views each question as an opportunity to deepen his and our understanding, and as a way to strengthen the message. Is that not a sign of an outstanding teacher?
Hillel may look young to the community of The Yeshiva University Torah Mitzion Beit Midrash Dov. But to me (and I know for others in the shiur) Hillel is a leader who brings maturity, a knowledge base, and life wisdom beyond his years. Combine all of this with wit, humour, sensitivity, and a delightful British accent, and you have the makings of a shiur that I feel truly privileged to be part of.
- Esther B.
• Hillel and I learned together on a one-to-one Chevruta basis. We studied Orot by Rav Kook. Hillel’s amazing insights into the depths of Rav Kook’s teachings greatly inspired me and opened my mind and heart to the intrinsic and transcendent relationship between Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael. Hillel’s approach manifested a level of maturity well beyond his tender years. I thought of Hillel as a Rav in the true sense of the word, although his modesty and self-effacing humility would likely not permit him to acknowledge this standing. Be that as it may, I can only express praise, honour and gratitude to Hillel for blessing me with the privilege of learning with him. As if that were not enough, Hillel provided me with the rare opportunity to learn one-on-one in Ivrit b’Ivrit, which truly enhanced our experience as well as our understanding of Rav Kook’s message. Hillel is a beautiful neshama who has made an indelible mark on me as a Dati-Tzioni. Our learning experiences were both joyous and unforgettable…
- Brian B.
• Upon the conclusion of another absolutely amazing year with Hillel Horovitz, I would like to thank you for affording us such a rare privilege of being exposed to this born teacher.
Hillel came to each session thoroughly prepared and was always most inspiring. His love of the subject and his level of presentation were infectious.
I attended Hillel’s classes at “Zichron Yisroel” every Sunday morning. Each session with Hillel was a true inspiration and I want to thank you for being the intermediary.
It will be an injustice if you fail to share our sentiments and high appreciation with the programme’s sponsors.
It was a lasting inspiration to have been exposed to the tutelage of this truly promising young Jewish scholar.
- Jacob I.
• I attended Rabbi Goldschmiedt’s Monday night shiur at the BAYT, titled Ramban on parashat hashavua. I was familiar with the style of concentrating on one parshan for an entire Torah cycle. With so much commentary available on each parasha, Ezra selected each week what he considered ‘important’ pieces; a section that expressed Ramban’s general philosophical approach to Judaism and chumash, or a section that dealt with a basic religious tenet.
We read in the original Hebrew and English translation/commentary of Dr Chavel. I had previously read Dr Chavel’s work and now have a greater appreciation for the scholarship. Lessons were always thoroughly prepared with a full listing of sources, demonstrating thorough grasp of and perspective on the material.
Rabbi Goldschmiedt often contrasted Ramban with the more methodical and rational Rambam. There was sometimes controversy and often a nuance of modernity. The video series would make an excellent boxed set gift.
As a teacher, Rabbi Goldschmiedt displayed his warmth, and welcomed discussion, on related topics as well. We established a further rapport through exchange of email letters on various subjects. When he and Mrs. Goldschmiedt were featured in an extravaganza Channuka play, by the emerging contemporary playwright Rabbi Torczyner, Susan and I ordered front row seats (there was no back row).
- Zev S.
• I have had the tremendous zechus (merit) during the past 2 years to learn, in a chavrusah (one-on-one learning), once a week (Monday mornings following shacharis) at Clanton Park Synagogue, with Rabbi Ezra Goldschmiedt.
This past year, Rabbi Goldschmiedt and I, learned together the subject of tefillah (prayers) using the sefer (book) “She’arim BeTefillah” by Rabbi Shimshon Pincus. The text-based learning consisted of Rabbi Goldschmiedt reading the book page by page and translating the Hebrew text into English word by word. This sefer teaches the proper demeanour, decorum and mindset one should strive to have when praying to Hashem as well as how one can properly prepare oneself for tefillah. Thirteen different types of tefillah are discussed as well as how and when one can apply each kind and the effect each one has in bringing us closer to Hashem.
The learning was not only very informative, inspiring and enjoyable but was made easy to comprehend by the patient and systematic approach by which Rabbi Goldschmiedt translated and explained the text. His adeptness and ability to explain and simplify concepts through parables, life experiences and frequent references to biblical passages as well as our sages’ writings enhanced and “brought to life” what Rabbi Shimshon Pincus was trying to convey in the sefer.
Despite occasional questions from myself which deviated from the subject matter which Rabbi Goldschmiedt was discussing at the time, he graciously responded and then was able to return to the subject matter at hand “without missing a beat”.
It has been a most satisfying and inspiring experience for me to learn with Rabbi Goldschmiedt – one that I will always cherish.
On many occasions I davened in the same minyan as Rabbi Goldschmiedt and by observing his demeanour and tremendous kavanah (intense concentration) during davening, it was evident to me that he had internalized what the sefer was trying to convey – he truly was able to not only “talk the talk” but also able to “walk the walk”!
- Nathan K.
• The Middle School Minyan is geared to boys and girls between grade 6 to 8, to duven with their friends under adult supervision. The goal of this minyan is to allow the boys opportunity to participate in the various aspects of running the minyan from gabbai,to leading all sections of duvening, to laining. The minyan takes place in the Jarvis Freedman Library of the BAYT. In the past, there was no rabbinic authority overseeing the minyan, but two and a half years ago that changed.
Rabbi Goldschmiedt’s arrival at the Family Middle School Minyan enhanced the experience for the kids from the get-go. His focus was always on how to bring the kids into the duvening, keep them focused, and still have a little fun while they are at it. He always walked around the minyan to make sure no one was lost with the duvening, and he greets all the children as they would arrive by name and with a smile on his face. The blend of students from various schools and backgrounds, with the Rabbi at the helm, making them all feel comfortable, is a kiddush hashem, as they all grew as their duvening and laining abilities improved.
Questions were posed by Rabbi G before each aliya regarding the text that was about to be read to encourage the kids to follow along and find the answer. Sometimes discussions ensued as different answers were brought forward by the various boys and girls. I do not know if in school the kids raise their hands as enthusiastically as when Rabbi G asks for answers. Any opportunity to teach the the children something about duvening or the parasha was not lost, but was relayed with enthusiasm. Sometimes questions regarding the parasha were asked only to be answered during our small kiddush after duvening was completed. The discussions were always lively.
- Gary F.
• Hillel Horovitz taught on a regular basis throughout the year at Kehillat Shaarei Torah on Bayview Avenue.
He attracted a loyal following with his accessible and easy demeanor, his love for teaching and for Torah, and his generous spirit. Hillel led us in intriguing and thought-provoking conversations about the meaning of selichot and the meaning of life; about the complicated story of David Hamelech, about how to think about Judaism’s redemptive call in a modern world, about what Yom Yerushalayim means to us here in Toronto, and many other compelling topics.
Hillel was always prepared far beyond the call of duty, and addressed each question, no matter where it came from, with appreciation and sincerity, and made every participant feel enriched and connected by virtue of taking part in his shiurim.
Hillel was a shining light of Torah and of religious Zionism in our community, and we wish him and Michal hatzlacha in all they do in the future.
- Rabbi Joseph Kanofsky, Kehillat Shaarei Torah
• In the large thriving community of Toronto, there are now numerous Kollelim, all offering wonderful shiurim to a wide array of people. The arrival of the YU Kollel MiTzion has added a new dimension of Torah learning under the flag of Torah U’Madah, in Toronto, and certainly in the Thornhill community and within the BAYT kehillah. Under the vibrant leadership of Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner, Rabbi Azarya Berzon and the Avreichim, the YU Kollel has brought a vibrancy and a broader perspective of Torah in all aspects of our daily lives. Individuals of all stripes come to hear the various classes and shiurim and walk away both inspired and challenged. Thank you-Todah Rabbah YU
- Perry Romberg, M.S.W., R.S.W. Director, Financial Resource Development & Regional Community Services UIA Federations Canada
• The presence of the YU Beit Midrash in our community has influenced all our collective synagogues to enhance our Torah learning. The shiurim given by the members of the Beit Midrash at Shaarei Tefillal Cong. have been of high caliber, well prepared and spiritually uplifting. On a personal note, I want to give a special yasher koach to Rav Mordechai Torczyner for his wisdom, leadership and guidance, and to those who made this all possible, we extend our deepest appreciation.
- Rabbi Moshe Stern, Shaarei Tefillah Cong.
• We are immensely happy with the Beit Midrash and all the Scholars in Residence that we have been privileged to have as guest speakers. We commend Rabbi Torczyner for his willingness to accommodate our needs. We have been most satisfied with the Shiur that Rabbi Itamar Zolberg has given on a weekly basis in Ivrit. It has added a wonderful dimension, enhancing the quality of Torah and Zionism in our Shul.
- Rabbi Charles Grysman, Zichron Yisroel
• The YU Beit Midrash is a great resource for Toronto. The quality of shiurim and the warmth of the avreichim have raised the profile of Torah learning in our community. Rabbi Torczyner and Rabbi Berzon teach Torah with a love and erudition that communicates the core values of Yeshiva University. I am blessed to call them my partners.
- Rabbi Chaim Strauchler, Shaarei Shomayim
• The YU Beit Midrash has had a profound impact on the Toronto Jewish Community. Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner has transformed our community through his erudition, vision and energy. They are committed to achieving excellence in Jewish education and to reaching out to all segments of our community. This initiative must be supported. Rabbi Torczyner is to be congratulated for his impressive achievements and encouraged to realize his vision for Jewish Toronto.
- Prof. Hindy Najman, Director, Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto
• The shiurim offered in the last two years by avreichim of the YU Kollel were of high quality and attracted a dedicated following. I believe each series was extended by popular request. The maggidei shiur delivered profound and subtle ideas, while holding the attention of learners with varied and diverse backgrounds. They always handled questions with aplomb and skill. Our shul benefited a tremendous amount from having the avreichim as part of our weekly menu of learning. Thank you!
- Rabbi Joseph Kanofsky, Kehillat Shaarei Torah
• Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner has been a tremendous asset to the Miles Nadal JCC over the last year. Through his unique and inventive courses, we’ve been able to expand our range of Jewish enrichment opportunities and diversify the Jewish voices of our centre. We’ve really appreciated the opportunity that the YU Beit Midrash of Toronto has given us to work with him.
- Sharoni Sibony, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
We appreciate and deeply value our relationship with YU Beit Midrash. Whether we are are interested in relevant learning about the Halachic implication of our children with special neshamot or requests of hashgacha for our COR kitchen, Rabbi Torczyner has instantly responded with support and enthusiasm.
- Susie Sokol, Kathy Laszlo, D.A.N.I. developing and nurturing independence of our young adults with special needs
• Unquestionably, one of the causes for the dramatic success of our Shul & community over the past years has been the involvement of the YU Beit Midrash of Toronto. Regardless of which of the Beit Midrash members honours us with a class, lecture or seminar, my community is always amazed by the professional, clear, deeply interesting and well organized presentations. They have been a true asset to us and are, without exception, a pleasure to work with. The YU Beit Midrash has proven to be an exceptional addition to the Jewish & Torah community of Toronto.
- Rabbi Avram Rothman, Thornhill Community Shul
• The YU Beit Midrash Zichron Dov, through its multiple initiatives, has raised the profile of YU in Toronto. In particular, the series on Jewish Medical Ethics, envisioned by Dr. Lazer Friedman, and presented so expertly by Rav Mordechai Torczyner, has brought together physicians to learn about complex, day-to-day issues in providing halachically appropriate care to patients of all stripes. As for me, the opportunity to sit down with both colleagues and Rav Torczyner, has helped me better reflect on my activities as a religious physician in a secular environment; building, for me, on initial learning with Harav Gedalia Felder, z’l, the Yesodei Yeshurun.
- Dr. Albert J. Kirshen, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACP
• Toronto has benefited immensely from the scholarship and the integrity of the members of the YU Beit Midrash. Each and every one of the members of the Beit Midrash is an inspiration and indeed a magnetic draw into Jewish thought and the four cubits of halachah.
- Rabbi Yirmiya Milevsky, Bnai Torah Congregation
• Rabbi Mordechai Torczyner and Rabbi Azarya Berzon and the אברכים of Yeshiva University’s בית מדרש זכרון דוב have somehow melded extraordinary scholarship with refined character, new horizons with old standards,סין אדם למקום with בין אדם לחבירו. The בית מדרש has brought these talents to all of Toronto, in general, but to my קהילה, the Clanton Park community, in particular. May I add that I have the luxury of a daily סדר with one of their אברכים , Itamar Zolberg, a young man who continues to inspire me with his broad knowledge, his profundity and his ability to navigate the most labyrinthine of סוגיות. May they go from strength to strength and may they continue being a positive force in our city, in our community and in our hearts.
- Rabbi Y. Weber, Clanton Park Synagogue
• The YU Kollel has shown our participants both the sweetness of Torah and her depth. The Kollel serves as a great resource to our community which through their shiurim has raised the level of study to new heights.
- Rabbi Elie Karfunkel, Forest Hill Jewish Centre
• The YU Torah Mitzion Beit Midrash Zichron Dov has been an invaluable resource to the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC). They have always answered the call to partner with us in a plethora of programs, doing so with much warmth energy. More than just being a guest speaker on a Shabbaton, or shlepping up to York or down to U of T on a regular basis, or even coming all the way to the BAYT for a regular series, students feel that their avreichim and in particular the Roshei BM, Rabbi Berzon and Torczyner, genuinely care about students, and are continually inspired by their vast knowledge of Torah. The BM is a true friend (and relative) and we have tremendous hakarat hatov for such a relationship. I have benefited so much from the entire BM team both professionally and personally. As a city we are blessed to have such a gem in our own backyard.
- Rabbi Aaron Greenberg, Director, Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC)
• Yeshivat Or Chaim has been very happy with our association with the YU Torah MiTzion Beit Midrash. Avreichim have integrated twice weekly into our classes, as well as ad hoc learning chaburot at breakfast and lunch, engaging our students in Torah Lishma. We have drawn upon the Rabbanim and avreichim numerous times to give shiurim and chaburot to our students. We look forward to our ongoing relationship with the YU Beit Midrash and value the impact they are making in our schools and in our community.
- Rabbi Scot A. Berman, Headmaster, Bnei Akiva Schools
• Beit Midrash Zichron Dov shows the wonderful synergy between our worldwide Mizrachi Kollel Torah Mitzion and Yeshiva University. The growth of Torah in our community and individual kehillot, through our relationship with the refined Torah scholars of this program, has been immeasurable. May Hashem continue to bless all of our efforts.
- Rabbi Meir Rosenberg, National Executive Director, Mizrachi Canada
• As a young professional, with a very busy and erratic schedule, it so refreshing to have a Beit Midrash where I can always feel comfortable being who I am, and always having someone learn with. Thank you for coming to town!
- Mikey Stopnicki, proud father of 3 under 3.
• Leaving Yeshiva, I was worried that when I came back to Toronto, there wasn’t going to be any place that I’d feel comfortable learning. Thankfully, that same year, the YU Kollel opened up its first branch in Toronto. Being surrounded by Rabbeim who not only know unbelievable amounts of information, but also are willing to answer all our questions, has given me and my chavrusa a proper Bais Medrash in which to enhance our learning. Toronto is blessed to have a Makom Torah such as this.
- Zac Grodzinski, University of Toronto, Bachelors of Science, Materials Science Engineering.