Lakewood’s Bais Medrash Gevoah is world renowned for its limud torah and hasmada. Talmidim of the yeshiva know that it is not a place for jokes and lightheartedness but an institution of seriousness and lifelong dedication to the Torah. But, once a year, all that is flipped and reversed.
Purim is a time for immense simcha and joy. The usual serious faces change into laughter and smiles, the tedious daily schedules are replaced with singing and dancing, and the familiar general aura of heaviness becomes light and fun. There may be no greater example of this “V’nehapichu” than the famous Purim Tish.
The Beis Medrish, which is usually filled with the rumble of Kol Torah, strained faces struggling to figure out a Tosfos, and intense shiurim, is transformed into a musical theater filled with singing, dancing, and comedic speeches.
Last year, due to Covid, the Yeshiva had to cancel its 8-decade-old tradition of Purim festivities. For lifetime Lakewood residents, this ripped a hole in their Simchas Purim.
As one lifelong Lakewood resident and alumni tells LNN, “It’s not just a Purim party, it’s a fully encompassing experience that I look forward to every year. It just doesn’t feel like Purim without it. “
Nevertheless, Yeshiva decided that the health and safety of the tzibur took precedence. However, LNN is happy to share that this year, the Purim Tish is back. For the many that have previously attended, the experience speaks for itself, and for those who plan on attending for the first time, be prepared for a spectacular night full of hartzig music, lebedig dancing, a few wise cracks from the Roshei Hayeshiva, and an overall incredible experience.
This year Leil Purim from 9:30 pm to 10:45pm, there will be two separate mesibas taking place simultaneously in Beis Yitzchok on 7th Street and Private Way, and Beis Shalom on 9th Street and Madison Avenue. Then, at 10:45pm, they will both converge in Beis Ahron on 10th Street and Madison Avenue for the main event, The BMG Purim Tish.
משנכנס אדר מרבין בשמחה
חג פורים שמח!