A short overview:

On Sunday, 7 Shevat 5783, January 29 2023, the Yeshiva was abuzz as The Rosh HaYeshiva, Harav Azriel Brown Shlit”a, made his 12th Siyum HaShas. We all know he highly despises Kavod, however the rest of the Hanhala insisted on making it an appropriate “Maimod of Kavod HaTorah”, a respectable event honoring the Torah. In addition to the current talmidim and rabbeim, family and number of other distinguished guests, it was an honor to have so many alumni come back to give honor to our Rebbe, The Rosh HaYeshiva shlit”a.

The Program began with Mincha at 3:15pm. Rabbi Yaakov T. Biderman welcomed the attendees and introduced The Rosh HaYeshiva shlit”a. As the Rosh Yeshiva walked up, the crowd broke out in song to honor of the man who usually keeps himself hidden behind his seforim, a pen in hand, hiding from the spotlight. The Rosh Yeshiva then spoke and made The Siyum. Lively music and dancing proceeded led by renowned singer Moshe Katz and musician Rabbi Eli Cohen. The Rosh HaYeshiva, Harav Yaakov Mayer Shlit”a then spoke and introduced his Rebbe and father of Rav Azriel, Harav Moshe Brown Shlit”a, Rav of Agudath Israel of West Lawrence. That was followed by a speech from Harav Yaakov Bender Shlit”a, Rosh HaYeshiva of Darchei Torah, where Rav Azriel had learned in elementary school. A beautiful hour long Kumzitz followed. In middle Moshe Katz shared a story about a siyum and then proceeded around the room asking each person to make a kabalah to work toward a siyum of their own. The Rosh Yeshiva The beautiful buffet of pastries, fruit, nuts, chocolate, dried fruit, candy, sushi, hot food, and drinks, was enjoyed by all. The Rosh Yeshiva’s most recent sefer Oiz L’Amoi was given to those who attended, along with an invitation to have it personally inscribed by the Rosh Yeshiva. Additionally, the Alumni Association gave out gifts as well. For those who couldn’t make it, we will iy”h mail them out to those who filled/fill in THIS UPDATE INFO FORM.


We tried to collect as many pictures and videos to share with everyone. If you have more to share, please send them to us at alumni@ygoc.org. Thank you!


The Siyum, dancing and speeches and more:



We thank those who featured the event, including: Matzav.com, TheLakewoodScoop.com, the popular MKY (Mi Kiamcha Yisroel) and Sparks of a Nation Statuses, Yeshiva Darchei Torah Alumni Newsletter, and others.


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