Talmud Torah, the study of Torah, has always been the foundation of all NCSY programming.
This year, in honor of NCSY’s 60th anniversary and in honor of the memory of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and brutally murdered by Arab terrorists this past summer, hundreds of NCSYers and NCSY staff members across the world dedicated countless hours to complete learning the entire Torah—every mishnah, every page of Talmud and every line of Tanach.
During NCSY’s national Yarchei Kallah—a five-day-long program for public school students who spend part of their winter break learning Torah—a joyous siyum celebrating the completion took place.
Rabbi Dovid Bashevkin, director of education for NCSY, explained that having the siyum during Yarchei Kallah provided an important message for the teens. “At Yarchei Kallah we emphasized that it’s not just about finishing a particular project, it’s about the process of learning and how it changes you,” Rabbi Bashevkin said. “At every siyum, you turn the page and start the next masechta, parashah or whatever you are learning. The siyum reminded the teens that it’s not just about finishing, since a true journey through the Torah never ends.”