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Teves 5777 | January 2017  

We are so thankful to the Ribono Shel Olam for the continued hatzlocha of the Yeshiva. As we enter the cold winter months, our hearts are continuously warmed by the nachas we receive from our 70+ talmidim B"H. A visiting Rebbe from another Yeshiva recently came to observe our Yeshiva and was amazed. He said what goes on at FTI is truly incredible; the talmidim are pushed very hard, and really learn, yet they seem so happy, comfortable and fulfilled in yeshiva.
We wish to thank all those who helped make FTI’s first-ever Chinese Auction a resounding success, and now, we would appreciate your support for our annual scholarship raffle benefitting students and families unable to afford the high costs of Yeshiva tuition. May the continued partnership between you, our dear friends, and the Yeshiva, be a z'chus for you, your families, the Yeshiva and all of Klal Yisrael. 

D'var Torah Corner
Real men don’t ask for directions, right?
Rabbi Chesky Bergida, BM Rebbe, adapted from a Shmuz from the R"Y ZT"L
In the haftorah for Parshas Vayechi, Dovid Hamelech is giving his parting advice and directives to his son Shlomo who will soon assume the throne. His opening words are “V'Chazakta V'Hayisa L'Ish” “Be strong and become a man.”
What does it mean to “become a man?” The Ralbag explains that Dovid Hamelech was advising his son, the future king, “don’t act like a youngster, rather, behave like a man, through being receptive and mindful of the counsel of others.”

One would have thought, since Shlomo would be the next king, Dovid Hamelech would tell him to be a strong leader, exuding confidence, independence and power, fit for a leader of a powerful nation and army.
However, in Dovid Hamelech’s worldview, the mark of a great man is not his surety, but rather his knowledge that he isn't perfect and his readiness to hear advice from others. Now if this is true of Shlomo Hamelech, the wisest of all men, ruler of both the physical and spiritual worlds, how much more so should we adhere to Dovid Hamelech’s advice by being receptive to other people's advice, realizing we may not always know everything, or have all the answers.
Upcoming Events
  • Feb 4 - Scholarship Raffle Drawing
  • Feb 16 - Yeshiva Ski Trip
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  • Jun 18 - FTI Graduation
  • Jun 21 - FTI Annual Dinner
FTI Daily Minyan Schedule
Sun 8:00 a.m.
Mon-Fri 7:40 a.m. 

Sun 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m.
Mon-Thu 2:15 p.m, 2:45 p.m.
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High School Dorm Maariv
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Wed 6:35 p.m.
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Sun, Tue-Thu 10:00 p.m.
Mon 9:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbos Mincha - 15 min. before Shkia
Shacharis 8:30 a.m.
Mincha - 30 minutes before Shkia 
Maariv - 60 minutes after Shkia
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Photo Gallery
Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Rav of Congregation Ohr Torah of Highland Park, NJ, and Assistant Head of OU Kashrus speaking at the FTI Chanukah Mesiba.
Rabbi Baruch Davidowitz, Menahel of the Yeshiva in Rochester, NY, delivers a shmuz to the Mesivta bachurim.
Dancing at Rosh Chodesh Breakfast.
Chanukah Candle Lighting at FTI.
Rabbi Shimon Max giving a shiur to the new, high-level, weekly Cherry Hill Community Learning Program.
Rabbi Baruch Gore, FTI Special Projects Coordinator and Founder of the National Eruv Initiative, gives FTI students a PowerPoint presentation about practical eruvin.
 Kumzitz at Rosh Chodesh breakfast. 
Motzei Shabbos Father-and-Son learning program continues to be a success. 
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Recruiting Season in Full Swing with Two Open Houses, a Shabbaton, and Several School Visit Days 
FTI's recent local Open House was a tremendous success. The room was packed with families who had heard about FTI and how our programs produce incredible results and very happy students and parents. Rabbi Davidowitz, Rabbi Juni, and Rabbi Kramer presented the Yeshiva's unique approach to chinuch habanim, which seemed to resonate very well with those in attendance as evidenced by the large number of applications the Yeshiva has received for next year's incoming 9th grade. 
FTI also hosted a New York Open House in Lawrence which was equally well received. We are very thankful to Malki and Sruli Wolfson for graciously opening up their home for the event.
Another important aspect of our recruiting is our student visit days where students from local Yehshivos come to experience a day at FTI by sitting in on live shiurim, hearing a mussar shmuz from one of the Roshei Yeshiva, having a Q&A with one of the Menahalim, and experiencing a Shakespearian journey that only Mr. Bob Canzanese, one of our very talented English teachers, can so masterfully present.
Finally, 20 prospective students were treated to a fun-filled Shabbaton last Shabbos which included, bowling and football on Friday afternoon, beautiful seudos Shabbos, inspiring shiurim, shmuzin and chavrusa learning with Rebbeim and current talmidim from our mesivta and bais medrash, two onegs, basketball, a BBQ melava malka with dancing, and a kumzits by a roaring fire. One boy mentioned at the end of the Shabbaton that he was very sad... when asked why he felt that way, he responded "because I wish I could stay at FTI, and not have to go back to my current..." but was consoled that soon enough he too will Be"H be able to attend FTI.
For more information about our admissions process, please contact Rabbi Chananya Kramer at 856.482.8230 x16. 

FTI's Chanukah Mesiba Held at Sons of Israel

FTI’s Chanukah Mesiba was held at Congregation Sons of Israel after a last-minute relocation from the Yeshiva as there was not enough room to host the talmidim plus all the Rebbeim and their families, and the associated mishpachos that wished to attend. We thank the leadership of SOI for working to accommodate us on such short notice.
Rabbi Yaakov Luban, Rav of Congregation Ohr Torah of Highland Park, NJ, and Assistant Head of OU Kashrus gave a powerful talk about keeping oneself motivated by focusing on our own greatness. Rabbi Luban also related several personal hashgacha stories that inspired the crowd.  
The Mesiba also marked the debut of the FTI student band. Five members of FTI's student body played instruments while several others contributed vocals. We had band leader Mordechai Miller on the keyboard, Moshe Ioffe on the lead guitar, Shmuel Jacobs on the base guitar, and Avner Glatt and Shimmy Nussbaum on the drums. Vocals were contributed by Aver Glatt, Yaakov Horwitz, Head Chef Rabbi Eli Rand, Mordechai Davidowitz, and Aryeh Zev Love, who led a special rendition of  FTI's song of the year, Ve'ahavta, by Meilach Kohn.
Then came the labadik dancing to celebrate the Nissim of Chanukah, followed by a heartfelt kumzits. The talmidim had a wonderful time while strengthening their relationship with each other, their Rebbeim, and Hashem.  

 Scholarship Raffle for $25,000 and 24 Other Exciting Prizes  
FTI is running its annual scholarship raffle with a chance to win a $25,000 grand prize and 24 other amazing prizes, including a two-year car lease, incredible vacations, high-end electronics, gift cards, and more, all for as little as $36.
The scholarship raffle helps the Yeshiva provide a quality education to any student, regardless of ability to pay tuition. By participating in this raffle, not only do you have a z'chus in the learning that goes on at the Yeshiva, but you also have a direct share in the chesed of helping cover a family's tuition shortfall. With your involvement, we know the campaign will be successful and we'll be"H reach our goal. Tizku L'Mitzvos!
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Raffle Date: Motzei Shabbos, February 4th, 2017

Education Expert, Rabbi Mechel Rottenberg, Consults FTI Staff
On Wednesday, January 3rd, FTI had the privilege of the first of several visits by an educational consultant who cam to help our yeshiva become even better. Rabbi Mechel Rottenberg, a much sought-after school consultant and world class mechanech from Mayan HaChinuch, toured the school, observed classes, examined schedules, davened with the students, and met with Rebbeim and the administration to offer advice on how to further improve the school individually and collectively. The Rebbeim received creative tactics that could be implemented immediately to foster winning improvements to our school environment.

FTI's First-Ever Chinese Auction was a Success, B"H
B”H the first-ever FTI Chinese Auction was a success. Thank you to all those who participated, and congratulations to the winners.
While the prizes were excellent and the auction very exciting, the real impact this fundraiser had was on FTI's ability to continue providing for its talmidim. Thanks to donors like you, FTI can carry on the mission of helping the next generation experience The Joy of Torah - For Life.

School Stats
  • 9th Grade HALACHA explored and demonstrated the proper way to put on tefillin.
  • 10th Grade CHEMISTRY Honors Track learned to interpret formulas for ionic and molecular compounds.
  • 10th Grade ALGEBRA II Honors Track studied and completed problems involving matrix setup and matrix multiplication.
  • 10th Grade IYUN made their first laining on a Maharsha. 
  • 10th Grade ALGEBRA II College-Prep Track learned circle nomenclature.
  • 10th Grade US HISTORY I studied Washington's presidency and the U.S. Constitution.
  • 10th Grade ENGLISH began writing essays on True Grit, including character analysis and a synopsis of the story line.
  • Rabbi Harris's BAIS MEDRASH shiur tied Chanukah into Yevamos by doing the sugya of Hechsher Mitzvah.
  • 9th Grade BIOLOGY Honors Track learned how to describe and model the function of different types of cells and cell structures.
  • 10th Grade CHUMASH examined the mida of emes (truth) in the context of Yaakov Avinu's seemingly deceptive behavior of taking the brachos from Esav.
  • 9th Grade BIOLOGY College-Prep Track began studying diffusion and osmosis in cells. 
  • The high school DORMERS had a vaad on strengthening friendships.
  • 9th Grade GEOMETRY College-Prep Track learned how to convert between different units of measure, including daisy chain conversions. 
  • 12th Grade ADVANCED CALCULUS began studying the chain rule.
  • 11th Grade CHUMASH studied cause and effect through the Beis HaLevi's approach to Yosef and all of the dreams. 
  • 11th Grade IYUN applied the Yevamos sugya of Asei Dochei Lo Sasei to the real-life example of trying on a suit before it is checked for shatnez.
  • 12th Grade ENGLISH studied proper sentence structure and grammar in preperation for the SAT.
  • 12th Grade ECONOMICS explored Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
  • 11th Grade US HISTORY II began learning about the Reconstruction era.
  • 9th Grade IYUN explored the mitzvah of honoring one's parents and the mitzvah of honoring Hashem in the context of Masechtas Yevamos.  
  • 11th Grade PHYSICS studied momentum and collisions.
  • The high school DORMERS had a special Vaad about Reb Yisrael Salanter's view of the purpose of Yeshiva.
  • 11th Grade PRE-CALCULUS Honors Track studied synthetic division. 
  • 11th Grade PRE-CALCULUS College Track studied Mathematics of Circles including the Pythagorean Theorem.
  • Students in the MUSIC elective learned techniques to increase finger dexterity in the context of playing guitar.
FTI seeks to engage the intellect and emotion of every student and produce talmidim distinguished by their dedication to ongoing Torah study, commitment to personal character development, and responsibility to Klal Yisrael.

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