Jerusalem—Thousands of bnei Torah from across Eretz Yisroel are expected to flock to Binyanei Haumah to participate in a Torah gathering of a magnitude that has not been held in Eretz Yisroel since the historic Dirshu World Siyum marking the previous Siyum HaShas.
In an unprecedented outpouring of chizuk for the Torah world, a gathering of venerated Gedolei Yisroel from across the spectrum will gather on Sunday, 15 Tammuz/June 23, at the massive Binyanei Haumah Convention Center to celebrate the Dirshu siyum on Masechta Eruvin; mark the first yahrtzeit of the Posek Hador, HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv, zt”l; and infuse the Torah world with Chizuk at a time of great peril. Torah leaders will share their memories and the lessons learned from him that apply to today’s beleaguered Torah community.
Gedolei Yisroel to Give Guidance on Burning Issues Facing Klal Yisroel
There are those of us who can nostalgically recall how the gedolei hador of previous generations utilized a Torah maamad, an event such as an important siyum, to address and impart daas Torah regarding vital issues facing Klal Yisroel. They felt that an event which celebrates Klal Yisroel’s dedication to limud haTorah is the optimum time to impart guidance in confronting the crucial issues facing Klal Yisroel. This siyyum
In addition to those present in Yerushalayim, thousands more will participate via live video hook-up, between 2 p.m.–4 p.m. EST on Sunday June 23rd, broadcast to Jewish communities across the globe. In the U.S. Northeast there will be live hook-ups in the major Torah centers where large crowds of Lomdei Dirshu and Ohavei Torah are expected. In Brooklyn, the live video hook-up will be held at Beis Medrash Birchas Avraham; in Lakewood at Cheder Bnei Torah; in Monsey at Hamaspik Terrace, and in the Catskills at the Raleigh Hotel in South Fallsburg.
Ads in local publications will specify the times and the places of the live hook-ups in other cities in America and across the globe. In fact, one of the participating senior gedolei hador urged the leadership of Dirshu to arrange hook-ups throughout Eretz Yisroel and the rest of the Jewish world so that the maximum amount of people could participate and receive chizuk and guidance in the very difficult times that the Torah community finds itself. A Live/Radio stream of the entire program will also be available in Brooklyn on 97.5 FM.
In addition there will be a live telephone hookup available of the event and the important messages of the Gedolei Yisroel, that can be heard throughout the United States and Canada on Kol Halashon. Other live telephone hook-up coverage can be heard at FNW of Lakewood and Radio Kol HaTorah of Brooklyn.
A Declaration of Achdus Through Torah
Rav Avigdor Berenstein, a senior member of the Hanhala of Dirshu, put it best when he said, “This momentous event at Binyanei Haumah celebrating limud haTorah will also demonstrate achdus. The fact that so many gedolei Yisroel representing the entire cross-section of the Torah community will join together under one roof to encourage and celebrate the continued viability and flourishing of the Torah community will profoundly impact all Jews to whom Torah learning is dear. Not only the gedolei Yisroel but Jews of all types and stripes, who are united by their limud haTorah—the ultimate binder of Klal Yisroel—will join our leading Torah sages in declaring, “Torah is the most important thing in our lives.”
“In difficult times such as these, it is a most beautiful thing to celebrate a true simcha together with achdus. In this way we will show ourselves and the entire world that ‘netzach Yisroel lo yishaker—the eternal nature of Klal Yisroel as a Torah nature will continue unabated.’ Our leading Roshei Yeshiva, Admorim and Rabbonim will encourage continued dedication to accountable limud haTorah and will hail Dirshu for being at the forefront of facilitating dedication to Torah and increasing knowledge of Torah at an unprecedented size and scope.”
By Chaim Gold