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Sivan 5776 | June 2016  

Welcome to the June edition of our e-newsletter.
So much has happened in the Yeshiva since we last communicated, please find a sampling of some of the highlights below.
B”H our bochurim are learning and growing almost nonstop. Starting from an optional pre-shacharis shiur, to many small groups and chavrusas sitting down during breakfast, the Kol Torah can be heard from early in the morning. Gaining steam during the dynamic morning shiurim and continuing straight through the day into general studies classes, the passion for learning can be felt pulsating throughout our campus. Continuing into the evening with night seder, and culminating with many boys learning after maariv, the devotion to learning here is truly an amazing sight to behold.
With much siyata dishmaya, and through the hard work of our associate menahel and director of admissions Rabbi Chananya Kramer, our incoming 9th grade class is already filled to capacity, and all we have left is a long waiting list. Of course, this is only due to our current lack of space, and we are in the process of gaining approvals from the township to build a larger building that will accommodate many more students. Our Bais Medrash program is expanding as well, with a new crop of strong and motivated bochurim looking to make our Yeshiva, their Yeshiva. 
We invite you to take in all the energy and excitement going on at FTI and celebrate the Yeshiva's accomplishments with us at our annual dinner on June 22nd. This year we are recognizing three very special honorees. First, we are welcoming our beloved Rosh Yeshiva and Menahel Rabbi Chaim Juni and his family to Cherry Hill as they relocate from Northeast Philadelphia. Second, the much-admired Herb and Adena Rosin, founders and supporters of the Yeshiva, are our Guests of Honor, and third, Baruch Jaffe of Passaic, is our alumnus of the year. We look forward to seeing you there.
Wishing you a wonderful Yom Tov of Shavuos,

D'var Torah Corner
Based on a Shmuz by Rabbi Max
The Medrash in Parshas Kedoshim brings down the story in parshas Lech Lecha when Avrom went to save his nephew Lot from the four mighty kings after he was captured in Sedom. Avrom and his servant Eliezer waged war against the kings to save his nephew and is miraculously victorious with tremendous nissim.
When he returns home, Malki-Tzedek a.k.a. Shem, in his excitement and joy upon hearing of Avrom's victory, blesses Avrom and says Baruch Avrom Likail Elyon...and in the next Pasuk he Blesses Hashem saying Baruch Kail Elyon...
Malki-Tzedek is taken to task in the Medrash for blessing Avrom before Hashem and not being concerned enough with Kivod Shomayim, the honor of heaven, and loses the Kehuna for his descendants.
The Eitz Yosef asks: how could it be that Malki-Tzedek, who was such a tzadik, should lose the Kehuna for an honest mistake?
Hakaras HaTov:
Bochur writes a Megillah and then donates it!
Chag Purim was a truly joyous day at the Yeshiva. We were especially honored to lein from a donated Megillas Esther written by our very own resident sofer, Mishael Keller who spent countless hours producing this masterful work. 
As a member of our Bais Medrash, Mishael studied to become a sofer while also learning here. We have much Hakaras HaTov to Mishael for his beautiful donation which we plan to use for many Purim's to come 
FTI Family & Alumni
  • Mazal Tov to our President of Alumni affairs, Nathaniel Yankelev, on his recent marriage to Mindy Knoller.
  • Mazal Tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Max and Yoel on his recent marriage to Nava Stern. 
  • Mazel Tov to Chaim Stobezki on receiving his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from New York Medical College. 
  • Mazal Tov to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Davidowitz on the Bar Mitzvah of their son, Moshe.
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Upcoming Events
June 11-13 - Shavuos. The Yeshiva's Rebbeim and students will be at Cong. Sons of Israel from 12:00-1:30 a.m. Shavous night for chavrusa learning and a shiur.
June 16 - Last Day of School
June 22 - Annual Dinner
FTI Daily Minyan Schedule
Sun: 8:00 a.m.
Mon-Fri: 7:45 a.m. 
Sun - Thu: 2:15 p.m.
Sun, Tue-Thu: 9:15 p.m.
Mon: 9:00 p.m.
Erev Shabbos Mincha: 15 min. before Candle Lighting
Shacharis: 8:30 a.m.
Mincha 5:00 p.m.
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Spring Trip Lag B'Omer Bonfire
Article ImagePre-shacharis shuir on Chofetz Chaim Sefer HaMitzvos. Led by Bais Medrash bochur Aryeh Max.
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Rosh Chodesh Kumzitz
Rabbi Yitzchok Shmidman to Join FTI in the Fall
Rabbi Yitzchok Shmidman comes to us as our new Boarding Student Mashgiach and Rebbe from Yeshiva Article ImageChofetz Chaim in Queens. Most recently, he was a Rebbe in Yeshivas Mayan Hatorah and Yeshivas Zichron Aryeh teaching Gemara and Mussar.
Rabbi Shmidman is a highly skilled mentor and has much experience helping boys balance school, family, and social and yiddishkeit obligations in a healthy and productive way. In fact, he has been mentoring boys for 10 years already, despite his relative young age, both as a volunteer and in official capacities.
Rabbi Shmidman is married to Hindy (nee Max) and has two sons, Ahron and Mordechai Boruch. We look forward to benefiting from all that he has to offer the Yeshiva and our talmidim.

FTI's 16th Anniversary Dinner
Join Us on June 22 as We Pay Tribute to our Honorees
We hope to see you all at our 16th Anniversary Dinner on Wednesday, June
22nd at The Collingswood Grand Ballroom. We will be paying tribute to our honorees and celebrating another successful year of learning as we enjoy delicious dinner, spend time with friends and learn about what the Yeshiva is up to. 
This year our very special and worthy honorees include:
Rabbi and Mrs. Chaim Juni as we welcome them to the community
Herb and Adena Rosin - Guests of Honor
 Baruch Jaffe - Alumnus of the Year
We look forward to your support and to greeting you all personally!
Ad deadline is June 16. Dinner reservations due by June 20.

R' Schlesinger, Auchwitz Survivor, Mesmerizes FTI Bochurim
Yeshiva is Honored with a Living Story of Triumph
R' Shlomo Schlesinger of Boro Park was in Cherry Hill for Shabbos parshas Acharei Mos at the Bar Mitzvah of his great-grandson Moshe Davidowitz. Sunday morning, after davening in the Yeshiva, he was asked by his grandson Rabbi Yisrael Davidowitz, one of the Roshei Yeshiva at FTI, to describe to the boys what he experienced during the war years. 
For the next 40 minutes you could hear a pin drop as 65 boys, plus the hanhala, listened intently while he described what it was like being a bochur in Bendin, Poland, before the war without a dormitory, without the Yeshiva providing food, and with many other hardships. He then compared that to the comforts and conveniences that bochurim have today and urged the bochurim to take full advantage and learn with hasmoda and yegia. Then he described the frightful events leading up to the war and detailed many of the horrors of the ghettos and concentration camps. He ended on a high note of how he always had his bitachon and emunah through it all and saw amazing nissim and Yad Hashem constantly.

FTI Annual Spring Trip Brings Fun and Friendship
The Yeshiva Takes to the Poconos for Lag B'Omer 5776 
As soon as the weather warmed up, it signaled that time of year for our students' favorite FTI outing. Both the Mesivta talmidim and our Bais Medrash bochurim enjoyed our Annual Spring Trip. 
Students traveled to the Poconos where they enjoyed rafting, camping, swimming, sports, paintball, and a special Lag B'Omer kumzitz and BBQ in the woods. Everyone came back refreshed with memories that will last a lifetime.

School Stats
  • HONORS BIOLOGY students documented major transitions among living things. The students evaluated evidence for natural selection. COLLEGE PREP BIOLOGY students began their study of Mendelian Genetics.
  • Several 11th GRADE TALMIDIM scored well on a 10 blatt test on Meseches Megilah.
  • US HISTORY students explored the Land of Cotton with a focus on southern society and the influence of the cotton gin on slavery.  In addition, the students learned about Sectionalism and the Missouri Compromise.
  • HONORS GEOMETRY students studied circles, angles, arcs, and chords. COLLEGE PREP GEOMETRY students continued their work with quadrilaterals.
  • 9th GRADE TALMIDIM took turns presenting and explaining the different brachos of Shemona Esrei to the class.
  • 10th GRADE ENGLISH students read Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage.
  • 10th GRADE GEMARA Iyun shiur learned about contradictory testimony and upholding the authority of Beis Din.
  • HONORS PHYSICS students began their study of energy and work, and simple machines. COLLEGE PREP PHYSICS students continued their study of conservation of momentum and potential and kinetic energy.
  • HONORS CHEMISTRY students studied thermochemistry and engaged in hands-on lab experiments concerned with endothermic and exothermic reactions. COLLEGE PREP CHEMISTRY students learned how to calculate solubility and how to dilute solutions to formulate the proper amount of solute in the solution.
  • 10th GRADE HALACHA learned the halachos of pas haboa bkisnin and dealt with some difficult shailohs including, is there such a thing as "mezonos bread" and why do we say Hamotzi on matza?
  • HONORS ALGEBRA II students continued studying the topics of exponential and logarithm. The students solved problems involving polynomials. COLLEGE PREP ALGEBRA II students continued their study of statistics.
  • 9th GRADE ENGLISH students continued their analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.
  • HONORS PRE-CALCULUS students studied graphs of sine and cosine as well as inverse trigonometry. COLLEGE PREP PRE-CALCULUS students practiced SAT sample problems involving probability, mean, median, and mode.
  • ECONOMICS students learned about International Trade, the relation between domestic demand and supply curves, and the relationship of domestic demand and supply with that of other countries. In addition, we discussed the effects of imports and exports on the domestic trade.
  • 11th GRADE GEMARA Iyun shiur went to RSA in Queens for the Yarzeit Shiur of the Rosh Hayeshiva, Rav Henoch Leibowitz ZT"L given by Rabbi Grunblatt on the topic of Ma'alinan ley k'nichsei d'bei bar merion, and the students were able to follow the very complex shiur.
  • Upperclass ENGLISH students accurately interpreted and analyzed the first four chapters of Sir William Golding’s Lord of the Flies.
  • 11th GRADE HALACHA finished the malacha of Bishul.
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