Rabbi Shmuel Kamentsky Shlita
Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
I am very impressed with what והערב נא is accomplishing in the yeshiva world. It is bringing חשק and מתיקת התורה to hundreds of bochurim. It makes them into real masmidim, sparking a desire to get even a deeper understanding of תורה הקדושה.
Rabbi Mordechai Wolmark Shlita
Rosh Yeshiva Shaarei Torah, Monsey, NY
The חשק התורה and קול תורה that is generated through “ והערב נא ” has exhilarated and inspired the entire מתיבתא . One cannot help but be impressed and even awestruck by the sight of an entire shiur reviewing the many Blatt Gemara which they know so well, non-stop for hours at a time and often late at night. One of my personal highlights of the year is the annual farher where I get to see firsthand the way each bochur has mastered the entire מסכת . What a נחת!
Rabbi Yaakov Bender Shlita
Rosh Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Far Rockaway, NY
I feel a debt of gratitude for the והערב נא program, it has enhanced the התמדה of our תלמידים . I have many בחורים in my ישיבה – eating, breathing and sleeping their מסכת because of והערב נא. We see them grow beyond expectation, constant חזרה has given them the opportunity to taste the sweetness of תורה.
Rabbi Chaim Schwartz Shlita
Menahel Yeshiva Shaarei Torah, Monsey, New York
A few years back the yeshiva launched a new program headed by Rav Dovid Newman שליט“א , founder of “והערב נא“. The goal of והערב נא is not just to complete the מסכת , but to be קונה it – to know it cold with a huge amount of chazara. I am personally amazed to see the התמדה and literally hundreds of blatt chazered by the talmidim. This results in the bochurim feeling a strong קשר and love for תורה , which has a very positive effect on the עיון סדר as well. I constantly sense the קנאת סופרים of the younger bochurim towards this program. To be able to get every single bochur of the shiur so involved and enthusiastic without giving one bechina is truly amazing.
Rabbi Zev Freundlich Shlita
Rosh Yeshiva Shaarei Arazim, Monsey, New York
The most important aspect of Rabbi Newman’s program is that it changes self perception of each of the bochurim. Changing one‘s self perception is one of the most difficult things to do in Chinuch. The V’haarev Na program does just that. Another amazing concept is, it gives the boys a new role model, that role model is
none other than the bochur himself!
Rabbi Yaakov Choueka Shlita
Menahel Mesivta Ohel Torah, Brooklyn, NY
I’ve been teaching bekius for many years. Unfortunately it was often the most dreadful time of the day for me and the bochurim. The seder was nap time for some bochurim, and many who were awake would just be looking at the clock to see what time it would finally end. As a rebbi giving it his all, this was very disappointing for me. This year we joined “ והערב נא ” and it literally made תחיית המתים . The bochurim now run to shiur! it has become from the most “geshmake” parts of the day. What a joy to see the בחורים chazering with such חשק , knowing the גמרא “in the bones” We thank and wish R’ Dovid much הצלחה to spread this program בכל ערי ישראל.
Rabbi Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim Shlita
Menahel Yeshiva Toras Chaim, Denver, CO
Rabbi Newman’s program is a bolt of energy. Igniting a spark of enthusiasm where it is lacking, and excitement where it is desperately needed. It has created a dynamic atmosphere of learning, and has revitalized a class that has struggled to become motivated.
Rabbi Shraga Soloveitchik Shlita
Menahel Breuers Yeshiva, Washington Heights, NY
Rabbi Newman has brought a revolution to our yeshivos. Mesivta bochurim are always encouraged to finish the large masechta being learned during the current year, but usually only the top masmidim finish the masechta. והערב נא focuses on every bochur, not just to finish, but to know a masechta, not just to go through a masechta, rather a masechta to go through you. It may be a smaller מסכת but the aliyah that these bochurim have, isn’t just for that מסכת . It opens up a door of מתיקת התורה and the realization of ” יגעת ומצאת תאמין ”. This creates a great aliyah in רוחניות , which lasts through יו“ט and בין הזמנים.
Rabbi Eliezer Breitowitz Shlita
Rosh Yeshiva Darchei Torah, Toronto, Canada
I am writing to thank you and say יישר כח for all you have done to promote חזרה and a genuine sense of accomplishment in learning. Today we had a heavy snowstorm so a number of boys who live far from the Yeshiva were unable to come. I was in the Bais Medrash learning with my own chavrusa, but I could not take my eyes off the grade 12 boys chazering the 13 blatt they all know so clear. You are changing their lives in the most meaningful way.
Rabbi Mayer Neuberger Shlita
Rosh Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, Atlanta, Georgia
Implementing the והערב נא program into our 11th grade curriculum has created a chain reaction of growth and produced amazing results. Boys who previously were unengaged during shiur are now totally focused. With their new-found confidence, they can then view multiple chazaros as a joy and not as an impossible chore. It brings a talmid to real fluency and mastery of large amounts of gemara, which in turn results in a talmid who now identifies himself as a bona fide ben Torah.