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Chabura Spotlight: Yonatan Kurz

NCSY Kollel August 7, 2021

Yonatan Kurz is currently enjoying his second summer on NCSY Kollel. He attended TABC followed by Sha’alvim for two years, and is currently learning in Rav Rosensweig’s shiur in YU. This is Yonatan’s first year as a Madrich.

Yonatan’s chabura includes some of the best guys around: Zachary Friedman from St. Louis (Yeshivat Kadimah High School), Yoni Schonbrun from Cedarhurst (MAY), Simcha Stein from Woodmere (YFR), Yechiel Shulman from St. Louis (Yeshivat Kadimah High School), Ezra Wilamowsky from Lawrence (YFR), and Moishy Zern from Cedarhurst (MAY).

This summer, Yonatan’s chabura is focusing on daily mitzvos that people tend to “go through the motions” about, using a blend of (light) lomdus, machshava, halacha, and mussar. They will be learning about a variety of topics including “Supreme Kippahs, Crocodile Leather Machzorim, and Ferragamo Shabbos Belts: Can הידור מצוה Go Too Far?,” “Avoiding a Race in the Beis: Assessing the Comment of קנאת סופרים תרבה חכמה,” as well as “אנו רצים והם רצים: Examining the Role of Health and Exercise in Yahadus,” and much, much more.

The objective of the chabura is to create a framework in which people can view relatively mundane activities, such as sleeping, eating, and exercising, through a lens of Yiddishkeit and Yahadus, infusing mussar, halacha, and machshava into these daily actions, organized by the order of the day. Hopefully, this chabura can serve as a complementary way to enhance a person’s ability to serve the Ribono Shel Olam.

Additionally, on Shabbos, the chabura examines several hakdamos (introductions) of various sefarim from contemporary Gedolim, including Rav Shimon Shkop’s Shaarei Yosher, Rav Chaim Ozer Grodzinski’s Shu”t Achiezer, and Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky’s Emes L’Yaakov Al HaTorah, in an attempt to get a greater appreciation of these Gedolim as well as delve into the hidden gems of הקדמות.

All of this has combined for what has been an incredible summer!