Yeshiva Toras Chaim/Toras Emes Academy of Miami
Yeshiva Toras Chaim Alumni Newsletter
In This Issue
25th Annual Dinner
Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier visits YTC
Agudah Convention in YTC
Learn Mussar l'Refuah Shelaima Brian Kramer's Mother
Mazel Tovs
Upcoming Weddings!
Gutten Erev Shabbos.

The Yeshiva was a beehive of excitement this week  The South Florida Agudah Convention held their opening address in Yeshiva Thursday night. This morning, Rav Shmuel Kaminetzky stopped by the Yeshiva. Rav Shmuel is in town for the Agudah Convention as well as the Torah U'Mesorah Convention this weekend in Miami. Oh, and how could I forget. Everyone in the office is running around doing last minute preparations for the Yeshivas 25th Annual Dinner which is right around the corner.

Rav Shmuel's speech can be heard by visiting our Shiurim Section.

Hope you enjoy the pictures below.

Avrohom Eliezer Friedman
Alumni Coordinator
25th Annual Dinner
If you are in town please join us this Sunday night.

Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier Visits YTC

The following is an article that appeared in this week's YTC Spotlight.

Last week Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier, Founder and Director of Tiferes B'nei Torah and of visited YTC and spoke to the boys about the importance of role models. He quoted the Gemorah (Yuma 35b) which states that when a person passes away and comes to the Heavenly Tribunal, he will not be able to excuse himself by saying, "I was too rich or too poor to learn Torah." Hashem will ask him, "Were you poorer that Hillel or richer than Rabbi Elazar Ben Charsom?" Rabbi Shafier asked what difference it makes whether one was poorer than Hillel or not. One should be judged against his own potential, not that of Hillel! He answered that each one of us has tremendous inner potential that might go undiscovered if we don't realize it's there. By analyzing the life of Hillel and Rabbi Elazar ben Charsom - how they were able to study Torah under extreme cir-cumstances, we can discover hidden talents and abilities within ourselves. In essence, that the purpose of a hero: to be a model of what we can become if we give it our all. Rabbi Shafier encour-aged all the talmidim to choose proper role models to emulate in order to uncover and maximize their full potential.

To hear Rabbi Shafier's speech, please visit our Shiurim Section.

Agudah Convention in YTC





Learn Mussar l'refuah Shelaima Brian Kramer's Mother
The mother of Brian Kramer, an alumnus of the Yeshiva,  was recently diagnosed with cancer and needs our tefilos. 

Please join the Vaad l'Chizuk Hamussar in the current cycle of mussar study  as a zechus l'refuah  shelaima Alta Sara bas Ita. As an additional motivation, those who are eligible will be entered into a raffle to win two tickets to Israel.

Please click here for rules and for a pdf mussar study form.

*Please note that you can start your mussar study the day after receiving this email and make up the missing days at the end. You will still be eligible for the raffle despite the fact that the form states that you had to begin by December 30th.

Letter from Brian Kramer

Dear Friends:
Unfortunately, my mother - Alta Sara bas Ita - was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.  I am therefore asking that you learn and daven bezechus that she should have a refuah shlaima.   
As an additional motivation, for those who are eligible there is a raffle for two round trip tickets to Israel. See attached. Please, also distribute this to your family and friends. 
If you should have any questions please contact me at [email protected]. 
Thank you!
Gratefully yours, 
Brian Kramer
Mazel Tovs

Mazel Tov

Mazel Tov to our alumnus Yosef Alcabes on his engagement to Chana Bracha Mittel from Kew Gardens.

You can always view the latest
Mazel Tovs at

 If you have a Mazel Tov or other occasion which you would like us to share with our alumni, please email us at  [email protected] so that we can spread the good news.
Upcoming Weddings!
You can now view upcoming wedding dates
on our Mazel Tov page.

Avrohom Eliezer Friedman to Leah Hauser
January 18th at Hyatt Regency Columbus (Ohio)

Yaakov Yosef Weiner to Elisheva Hirshman
January 18th at Ateres Chynka

Yoey Shaps to Sora Mina Yachnes
January 21st at The Concord (Brooklyn)

Keep in touch,
Avrohom Eliezer Friedman
Alumni Coordinator