Thursday, May 26, 2011


Editor's Note: Check out Avner Yaakov's latest video project.... it'll blow your mind.  Below is some info about the idea behind In-side-Finitude, followed by the video.  Go to his Youtube Channel and his blog for more.



A very simple question.

If a phenomenon objectively occurs in space and time, even for one moment, can it be dismissed to the imagination?

Absolutely not! LOGIC dictates that every occurrence has to be included equally within the hearts and mind of human beings as an absolute true element of reality! The manner in which this element of reality is CHOSEN to be defined, interpreted, studied or focused on is far too often left to the subjective/limited scope of human minds. The pure fact that an unusual event has occured, no rational Human Being has the right to intellecutally deny! EVEN IF--- THE OBSERVED EVENT COMPLETELY BREAKS THE BOUNDARIES OF A “SUPPOSED” CYCLICAL/NATURAL/LIMITED WORLD.



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

So many Mazel Tovs!

Thank G-d, life has been good to the Mayanot students and alumni recently.  We've had engagements, births, and l'chaims!  So much to celebrate, so many people to congratulate.  Almost hard to believe.

Let's take an overview of all the wonderful things that have happened all over the Mayanot world (Note: we weren't able to get everyone's pictures, so if you see yourself here, please send some in!  And if we missed you completely, please comment and tell us).

Mazel tov to Ben Schechter and Chava Ginzburg on their recent engagement!

Mazel tov to Chaim Shalom Gross, Mayanot alum, on his engagement to Nechama Wagshul!

Mazel tov to Aaron Leaf, Mayanot student, and Dvorah Leah Brami on their recent engagement!


Mazel tov to Ben Schwed and Jamie Lee Goodwin, both Mayanot alumni, on their recent engagement!


Mazel tov to David and Miriam Malca, both Mayanot alumni, on the recent birth of their daughter, Gaelle!


Mazel tov to Pacey Lipkind, Mayanot alumnus, and Rivkah Shira Francis on their recent engagement!


Mazal tov to Chana Miriam Lester, current student of Mayanot and awesome Mayanot Insider contributor, and Alon Chanoch Golub!


Mazal tov to Tal and Talia Chaya Bloom, both Mayanot alumni, on the birth of a baby boy!


Mazel tov to Mayanot alumnus, Pascale Gozlan, and Tomer Chazan on their recent engagement!


Mazel tov to Jesse Kaufman, recent Mayanot alumnus, and his kallah, Rivkah Winderman!


Mazal tov to Rachel Pollak, Mayanot alumnus, on her engagement to Daniel Weisman!


Mazal tov to Mayanot lum Naomi Touger and Levi Grossbaum on their engagement!



MAZAL TOV TO ALL THE MAYANOT ALUMNI AND STUDENTS!  So exciting, and we should only have more.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Yom Hazikaron

I am standing amongst the trees, birds cheeping. Peace in the air, I see the tops of trees reaching for the bright blue skies beyond. I look down and see a stone of which a name was engraved on. After a few seconds I get awoken from my daze by a voice. "So this is Yosef Tzvi....." I realise that I am at the cemetery for the fallen soldiers.

Today is Yom Hazikaron. The day when we stand altogether and remember the men and women that have fallen during wars of the past and present.  Battles that most of us have no idea why they occurred or who was involved.  Yet as one we stand and remember the bravery of all the men and women who fought and risked their lives for every one of us.  Many people stand by the graves of people whom they don’t even know.  Today we stood by the grave of Yosef Tzvi, a relative to our very own Rabbi Levinger.

As I stood amongst my Mayanot family, I stood in silence, realizing how precious life is.  To know that I am free to come and go.  To learn.  To stop and get iced coffee.  Laugh with friends and family.  Not having to go and stand on the front line.  Not watching as the next bullet comes out of nowhere..

Then a huge wail comes from the loudspeakers.  The siren blared.  For the 2 minute silence, nobody moved.  You could hear nothing. Complete silence. Like Hashem had frozen the world. The minutes felt like hours, the sound as the siren came to an end sounded like the cry of a person, grieving for a lost one. What can I, a 28-year-old woman with such freedom, take from this 2 minutes in my day? I have decided that I don’t want to wait for this moment that happens once a year, to pay my respects and thank all soldiers for all they do.  I should take the time and effort to thank them now. Not when it’s too late.

I have special friends who are soldiers, or who have been soldiers.  I now publicly want to thank them and all the soldiers out there.  Because of your bravery, you enable me and so many others to have the freedom to live in the holy land.  Thank you.  We will never forget.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Alumnus of the Week: David Brook

Meet David Brook.  Artist.  Mayanot Alumnus.  Jew.

Born in Sydney, he eventually went on to go to art school at National Art School in 1999.  Since leaving Mayanot David Asher Brook spent five years studying in Yeshivot overseas. Since 2007, David has held five solo art exhibitions and has been a finalist in numerous prominent art prizes including the Brett Whiteley Travelling Artist Scholarship, the Paddington Art Prize and the Blake Prize for Religious Art Director's Cut Exhibition. In 2010 David won the Waverly Art Oil Painting Prize. David lives in Sydney with his wife Hanna and three young children.

But enough from me, here's what he has to say for himself:

"I don’t feel justified within myself living and not creating. If so I feel that something is missing, & that it is all a lost opportunity, a wasted moment of beauty. I find painting a very real and intense moment where you can notice & feel things that nobody can see in the mad rush of this world.
 I love color & paint and this can be an entire motivation to begin a painting, I enjoy putting things down on the canvas to create a narrative that exists in a moment of time."

He also shared with me that, ""I remember Mayanot as being one of the best times in my life. I recently turned 30 and am working towards finishing Shas one day."

What a guy!  We can't wait to hear when you finish, David.  Please keep us informed.

Check out some his work below:




An album he recently worked on:

Check out all the rest of his art here: