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Chabura Spotlight: Yaakov Fuchs

NCSY Kollel August 4, 2022

Yaakov Fuchs is enjoying his third summer on the NCSY Summer Kollel, and his first as a Madrich. Originally from Woodmere NY, Yaakov attended DRS Yeshiva HS, then making his way over to the Ayalon Valley, where he spent two years in Yeshivat Shaalvim. Yaakov is currently entering his second year at Yeshiva University.

‘Burah ‘22 💪🏿🔥, as the WhatsApp group is titled, is a dynamic chevra of Bnei Torah seeking a deeper relationship with Hakadosh Baruch Hu and His Torah. The chevra features some of the most electric in-towners of all time: Gavriel Ostreicher (Woodmere, DRS), keeps things real with his insightful comments and analysis of the sugyos at hand. Sruli Greenfield (Monsey, Heichal) is the DC (designated chiller) of the Chaburah, supplying good vibes, deep questions on the maarei mekomos, and fashion advice to the mix. Lastly, but certainly not least, Shlomo Dombeck (Hillside, Heichal) is a serious mevakesh with some of the most copious notes in the game. Together, they create an energetic unit which complements their unique talents and skill sets.

This summer, the Chaburah is focusing on an in-depth study of Abie Rotenberg’s Journey’s Albums. Through the poignant and carefully crafted lyrics of the English songs, tremendous yesodos and life lessons in both the realm of Halacha and Penimiyus haTorah are revealed. After spending a day listening and reflecting on the songs, the sugya is cracked open. Sugyos begin with an analysis of pesukim, continue with Gemara and Rishonim, and end with Torah from current Gedolei Yisroel, ranging from Rav Schachter and Rav Asher Weiss to Rav Itche Meir Morgenstern and Rav Moshe Weinberger. The goals of the Chaburah are to a) see Hakadosh Baruch Hu everywhere, b) to think deeply in Torah, and c) to see the practical application, accessibility, and infinite light of Torah in any and all situations. Some examples of sugyos (and songs!) include: Journey at Sea: (Halacha) Tefillas HaDerech, (Penimiyus) Overcoming Life’s Challenges; Mama Rochel: (Halacha) Kohanim at Kivrei Tzadikim, and (Penimiyus) Zechus Avos.

Yaakov’s Chaburah has grown so much from one another, and they are looking forward to their continued service of the Aibeshter and Klal Yisrael together in Beit Meir and beyond!