Does someone know how the word “mishmar” came to mean Thursday night learning (chulent and kugel optional)?
That’s what yeshivas have called it for ages.
mishmar is a “watch”, and in the people who take a turn standing guard. Idea is you are taking the night watch to learn while everyone else is at work.
Joseph: I’m asking for the origin — why have Yeshivas used this term?
Hey, popa: Who is working at night — bakers, policeman??
Most people with non-government jobs earning remotely in the range required to pay tuition if you aren’t a rebbi.
I look at it this way. By learning in Mishmar at night and extending their daily Torah learning, our children are safeguarding the future of klal Yisroel. Sounds like a most apt title for such learning.