Students at the Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy almost look forward to their cycle of trimester exams. They know they can rely on study sessions ahead of the tests where rebbeim and teachers attend and make themselves available for questions and last minute study.
They also know that their hard work and diligence will pay off, not only in the requisite good grades that they seek to achieve but in school-wide recognition of their efforts.
On Rosh Chodesh Adar, students sat with rebbeim ahead of their Gemara trimester exam, in a study hall that vibrated energetically from the Kol Torah that permeated its walls. Following the exam, the students were invited to the gym for a schnitzel bar buffet luncheon followed by Chodesh Adar singing and dancing.
The ruach felt throughout the building as the students danced and sang has become synonymous with RTMA. This past Friday, when the weather as especially warm and pleasant, an impromptu kumsitz broke out on the front lawn of the school and RTMA principal Rabbi Ami Neuman soon broke out his guitar, which prompted both the high and middle schools to spill out and join in.
Students and faculty alike were linked arm in arm as they swayed to the music and sang zemirot for Erev Shabbat and songs of achdut.