In an unprecedented outpouring of chizuk for the Torah world, a gathering of venerated Gedolei Yisroel from across the spectrum will gather together 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.
The completion of Masechta Eruvin is undoubtedly a tremendous milestone. Eruvin, which our sages have called one of the most difficult masechtos in Shas, requires tremendous perseverance to complete. Even more difficult is to complete it in a fashion where one is ready to be tested on it. Such a feat requires a profound sense of dedication to limud haTorah! It demands perseverance, hasmodah - diligence and yegiah – toil. All of these traits characterize the dedicated lomed Torah and thus the gedolei Yisroel felt that an event such as this will serve as the ultimate venue wherein we, as a nation, have the opportunity to publically declare and display the supremacy of Torah in our lives.
The fact that the first yahrtzeit of the Posek Hador, HaGaon HaRav Elyashiv, zt”l, is rapidly approaching gives added meaning to the event at which our 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
Indeed, those of us old enough to remember, 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.
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 addition, many thousands more will participate via live video hook-up, between 2pm–4pm EST on Sunday June 23rd, broadcast to Jewish Centers across the globe. In the Northeast there will be a number of live hook-up locations 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. Advertisements in local publications will delineate 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.
Thanks For the Past; Prayer for the Future
One Rosh Yeshiva put it succinctly when he said, “If a person is still learning and being tested on the Daf Yomi through Masechta Eruvin, he has shown that he is on the way to completing the entire Shas. Masechta Eruvin is the demarcation line that shows that one is truly a potential Shas Yid.”
Rav Shlomo Rozenstein, Dirshu’s Director of Public Affairs, related that the Gemara teaches us that before a person enters the bais medrash to learn he must give thanks to Hashem for His past kindness and he must also beg and raise his voice in prayer for the future. This historic asifa and siyum at Binyanei Haumah is a manifestation of this ideal. “As we celebrate the completion of Eruvin, a milestone that displays and symbolizes the Torah world’s dedication to serious limud haTorah, we will thank Hashem for the flourishing of the Torah community over the past decades. Simultaneously we will be raising our voices in heartfelt prayer that He should continue to shower His blessing upon us and that no force in the world should hinder the continued growth and accomplishments of the Torah world.”
A Declaration of Achdus Through Torah
Perhaps 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.”
The confluence of factors of the first yahrtzeit of HaGaon HaRav Elyashiv, zt”l, the completion of Masechta Eruvin and the achdus of so many gedolei Yisroel coming together, certainly promise to make this upcoming siyum at Binyanei Haumah an event that will broadcast the supremacy of Torah to the entire world, both religious and secular. Not only the fact that Torah learning is the defining factor in our lives but also the fact that we celebrate it! We are so glad to learn Torah as we say every evening during tefillas Arvis, “V’Nismach b’divrei Sorasecha u’vmitzvosecha, l’olam va’ed—We will rejoice with the words of your Torah and Your commandments for eternity!”