The YG Connection

  Welcome to the seventh issue of the YG Connection - your one-stop source for all the latest news and developments at the Rabbinical College of Australia & New Zealand. To subscribe, please select your preferences on the subscribe page of our website, or email us at  

  Talmud Studies  
  Talmud Studies

This semester, Talmud studies at the Rabbinical College focus on the laws of slavery, the methods of acquiring and emancipating slaves, and their ethical treatment. In our times, the Torah’s laws of slavery are mostly theoretical. If so, what significance does the concept of slavery have in our times?

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  Chassidus Studies  
  Basi L'Gani

In honour of the auspicious day of Yud Shevat, the Chassidus curriculum at the Rabbinical College incorporated two Maamarim (Chassidic Maamarim) entitled Basi L’gani. One major recurring theme of these discourses is that G-d views our world as His garden. What does this mean?

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  Postcard from Kinshasa, Congo  

Moshe Rudd is an alumnus of the Rabbinical College of Australia & NZ, 5771 (2011). He is currently learning at the Yeshivah of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In this letter, Moshe shares his current experiences with us, and the indelible impression that YG has had on him.

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  CGI Melbourne 5772  
  CGI Melbourne

CGI Melbourne is a fortnight-long summer camp organized by Chabad Youth, and staffed by the Shluchim and students of the Rabbinical College, who serve as counsellors and learning teachers, or function in other camp roles. Check out this story for photos of camp, as well as a special camp Farbrengen led by our Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Cohen.

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  Yud Shevat at Yeshivah Gedolah  
  Yud Shevat Campaign

The 10th of Shevat is the Yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, and the day that the Rebbe signaled his formal acceptance of the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch. The Shluchim at the Rabbinical College launched a Mivtzah (campaign) designed to encourage the students in their preparations for this special day.

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  Update: Rambam 7:40  
  Rambam Campaign

“Rambam 7:40” is a club founded by Shluchim in order to encourage Yeshivah students to learn the daily quota of Mishneh Torah. This past week, close to 20 students successfully completed one month of Rambam, and celebrated their achievement with a special Shiur and barbecue held at the Joseph residence.

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  Farbrengen with Rabbi Gordon  

Rabbi Yossi Gordon is the founder and director of Chabad of Tasmania, a teacher in Yeshivah College, and an active community member. At a recent Farbrengen at the Rabbinical College, Rabbi Gordon shared many insights and anecdotes.

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Reb Zalman Memorial

17 SHEVAT 5772
10 FEBRUARY 2012

In this issue

  • Talmud Studies
  • Chassidus Studies
  • Postcard from Kinshasa, Congo
  • CGI Melbourne 5772
  • Yud Shevat at Yeshivah Gedolah
  • Update: "Rambam 7:40"
  • Farbrengen with Rabbi Gordon

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