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They Laughed When They Heard I Wanted to be a Rebbe, but When I Started to Teach...

The bell had just rung, but the classroom hadn't settled. Boys were still out of their seats, paper planes traversed the room, and the bustle was clearly audible in the corridor outside. There was a new Rebbe due to start today and the boys were ready to give him a day to remember. Someone cracked a joke; the boys laughed - this was going to be a riot.

I decided that this would be a dramatic moment for me to make my debut. To the amazement of all the boys, I strode confidently to the front of the class, gave a commanding look across the room and ...

"What do you think of his execution?" called a voice from the rear.

"We're in favor of it!" came back the answer, and the room rocked with laughter.

Then I Started to Teach

Instantly a tense silence fell on the boys. The laughter died on their lips as if by magic. What followed was a fantastic lesson: engaging, interactive and informative. The class was spellbound!

I taught on and as I taught I forgot the world outside the classroom. Only the lesson was real. Only the boys and their questions.

As the class filed out at the end of the morning I breathed a sigh of satisfaction.

This was how I was going to make a difference for Klal Yisrael.

How I Learned to be a Teacher

I never expected or planned to be a teacher. I had been learning in Kollel for a number of years but didn't know what I was going to do next. I needed to support my family, wanted to remain in a Kodesh environment and more than anything, felt a burning desire to continue making a difference for Klal Yisrael. One of my friends mentioned Ohr Lagolah - a two year rabbinic leadership and international teacher training program preparing people for positions in klei kodesh.

A phone-call, an application and a couple of interviews later and there I was - enrolled: learning - preparing for semicha, hearing the most amazing speakers on a fantastic range of topics - inspiration, content and skills, and practical hands-on experience - teaching one-to-one, classes and other opportunities. The faculty was fantastic: dedicated and motivated. They really aim to make an impact.

Make an Lasting Impact

Over the last 25 years hundreds of Ohr Lagolah graduates have found positions across the globe as teachers, community rabbis, outreach rabbis or as members of kiruv-kollelim. They offer active and highly successful job placement assistance. My friends and I are now actively contributing to klal Yisrael.

You too, can make an impact on Klal Yisrael. Spend the next two years preparing yourself, learning how to translate Judaism into the language of the 21st century. Immerse yourself in Torah and practical training, bridge the kollel and klei kodesh working worlds, and grow to be a true ben Torah.

Married candidates who are accepted to the Ohr Lagolah Program may receive a monthly stipend.

If you are serious about wanting to make a difference, if you really want to make an impact for Klal Yisrael contact:

Rabbi Jacobs at Yeshivas Ohr Somayach on 02-5810-315 x111 or email lagolah@ohr.edu

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