At a festive ceremony in Crown Heights, Kvutzah bochurim who had successfully completed their smicha studies were presented with their certificates by Rabbi Tuvia Kasimov, Rabbi Shmuel Chaim Bluming and Rabbi Mendel Yusewitz.
By Anash.org reporter
Photos: Mendy Kotlyar
At a festive ceremony in Crown Heights, Kvutzah bochurim who had successfully completed their smicha studies received their certificates.
The certificates were presented by Rabbi Tuvia Kasimov, Rabbi Shmuel Chaim Bluming and Rabbi Mendel Yusewitz, who had tested the bochurim on their learning throughout the year.
With the encouragement and guidance of the Rosh Yeshiva of the Central Tomchei Temimim in 770, Rabbi Shneur Zalman Labkowsky, the smicha program was opened by the Igud Talmidei Hakvutzah in parallel with the smicha program run by Rabbi Labkowski himself. The learning is accompanied by personal guidance and a number of shiurim each week so that the halachos are learned properly.
Rabbi Mendel Yusewitz led the program and prepared the bochurim for the tests throughout the year.
As the staff of Igud Talmidei Hakvutzah watched proudly, the smicha certificates were distributed at a small but joyous ceremony. The rabbonim then farbrenged with the bochurim about the great merit they had to engross themselves in learning and receive smicha, and how amazed they were at their great accomplishments.
At the end of the evening, the graduates gave a gift to Rabbi Yusewitz in appreciation for all that he invested in them throughout the year, and Rabbi Yusewitz in turn gave each bochur a gift as a memento of the time they spent learning together.
With this, the Igud Talmidei Hakvutzah successfully concluded the year’s semicha program, and plans to strengthen the program even more in the coming years.