Yeshiva Marches to a Different Drum

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

MSA's marching band performs at a local ultra-Orthodox party. (YouTube screenshot)

MSA’s marching band performs at a local ultra-Orthodox party. (YouTube screenshot)

Looking for some unusual entertainment at your upcoming wedding or bar mitzvah? We suggest you call up the folks at Mesivta Shaarei Arazim in Spring Valley, New York and ask them to send over the boys school’s marching band, or maybe its Chinese acrobatics troupe.

Yes, you read correctly.

MSA is not your typical yeshiva. Although the school is serious about teaching Gemara to its bochers, it’s not afraid to let them blow their own horn or flip out on a regular basis. In fact, each student gets between two to five hours per week outside the beit midrash to pursue his non-Talmudic passion, be it music, acrobatics, cooking, horseback riding, pottery, carpentry, or one of many other electives offered.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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