By Chaim Gold
“Are you joining daf hayomi b’halacha l’bachurim? Did you see who is giving the shiurim!”
Yeshiva bachurim everywhere are excited to be joining Dirshu’s famed daf hayomi b’halacha program, as this year’s schedule coincides with Sukkos. As the daf hayomi b’halacha progresses through the final chelek of Mishnah Berurah towards completing its first seven-year cycle and its major siyum next spring, the program is learning the halachos of Sukkos . . . on Sukkos!
The hanhalah of Dirshu felt that bein ha’zemanim would be an optimum time to afford bachurim the opportunity to learn the important halachos of hilchos yeshivas sukkah—the laws of sitting in the sukkah—while simultaneously giving structure to the daily learning during bein ha’zemanim. The program provides shiurim on the halachos by prominent gedolim and poskim and offers the bachurim the chance to take tests and experience the success of accountable yedias haTorah, similar to that being experienced by tens of thousands of lomdei Dirshu the world over each month.
The program is running both in America and Eretz Yisrael, under the title “Kinyan Sukkah.” Dirshu has published special Mishnah Berurah booklets containing the entire seder halimud and schedule encompassing simanim 639–642.
The program has not only garnered the attention of the thousands of bachurim who have joined Dirshu but, even more importantly, it has earned the admiration and enthusiastic haskamos of roshei yeshiva from throughout America and Eretz Yisrael.
A Time To Strengthen Oneself In Learning
In a letter that displays his admiration for both the bein ha’zemanim daf hayomi b’halacha l’bachurim program and for Dirshu’s harbatzas haTorah and chizuk haTorah, Rav Reuven Feinstein, shlita, rosh yeshiva of the Yeshiva of Staten Island, writes, “Immediately following the holy day of Yom Kippur is bein ha’zemanim when the talmidei hayeshivos leave the walls of the yeshiva’s beis medrash . . . it is possible [if care is not taken] to lose all of the wonderful acquisitions of the yemei ratzon, before they even return for the winter z’man.
“For this reason, it is clear that the distinguished menahalim of Dirshu, the faithful organization that is known for its efforts to strengthen Torah and Torah learners in so many different ways, has stepped into the breach by creating a special learning program [in hilchos sukkah] for the bein ha’zemanim and has created shiurim by well-known maggidei shiur as well as created tests . . . so that the bein ha’zemanim will be . . . a continuation of the spiritual ascent accomplished during Elul z’man.”
In a seminal letter handwritten by the rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, Rav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, shlita, and co-signed by Rav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, shlita, rosh yeshiva of South Fallsburg, and Rav Shlomo Feivel Schustal, shlita, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Neos Yaakov, Rav Kotler hails Dirshu and its “special program for yeshivos gedolos and mesivtos for learning halacha l’maaseh during bein ha’zemanim and strengthening learning during bein ha’zemanim and preventing a slackening off in learning.”
Of Inaugural Shiurim
One of the most exciting innovations of the bein ha’zemanim daf hayomi b’halacha l’bachurim program is the inaugural shiurim being given by leading roshei yeshiva, poskim, and rabbanim on the first day of bein ha’zemanim, 11 Tishrei/October 5, in 15 communities throughout the United States and Canada.
In Baltimore, Rav Yosef Berger, shlita, was to give the inaugural shiur at his shul, Kehillas Kol Torah. In Boro Park, Rav Yitzchok Zalman Gips, shlita, was to give the opening shiur at his shul, Kehillas Birchas Avrohom. In Chicago, the Mashgiach of the Telshe Yeshiva, Rav Avrohom Lipschutz, shlita, was set to deliver the opening shiur at the Chicago Center for Torah and Chessed. And in Cleveland, Rav Boruch Hirschfeld, shlita, Rav Kehillas Ahavas Yisroel and rosh kollel Ateres Boruch, was set to deliver the shiur at the Agudas Yisroel of Cleveland. In Detroit, Rav Aharon Sorscher, shlita, R’M at Mesivta Yagdil Torah was scheduled to deliver the shiur on Monday, October 6 at the Kollel Institute of Detroit.
Moving on to the Five Towns, Rav Yaakov Bender, shlita, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Darchei Torah, was the scheduled maggid shiur at the Agudah of West Lawrence. In Flatbush, Rav Yisroel Reisman, shlita, rosh yeshiva, Yeshiva Torah Vodaas and rav of Agudas Yisroel of Madison, was to the shiur at the Agudah Bais Binyomin branch.
In Lakewood, the scheduled speaker was Rav Malkiel Kotler for the pesichah shiur at Kehal Shearis Adas Yisroel. Moving out west to Los Angeles, Rav Nachum Sauer, shlita, rosh kollel of YULA, was the scheduled maggid shiur at Rav Einhorn’s shul, and in Monsey the shiur was set to be given by Rav Yosef Viener at his shul, Kehal Sha’ar HaShamayim.
In Canada, Rav Yochanan Wosner, shlita, av beis din of Skver and rav of Skver Montreal, was to deliver the shiur at the Skverer Shteibel. In Passaic, the maggid shiur, at Bais Torah U’Tefillah, is Rav Asher Dovid May, shlita, rosh kollel at the Yeshiva Gedolah of Passaic. In Shikun Skver, the maggid shiur is Rav Ephraim Greenbaum, shlita, Skverer Dayan, at the main Skverer Beis Medrash. In Toronto, the shiur is at the Agudas Yisrael shul, given by Rav Chaim Mendel Brodsky, shlita, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedolah Zichron Shmayahu; and in Williamsburg, the Tzhelemer Dayan, Rav Aharon Zilberstein, shlita, is the maggid shiur, at the Viener Beis Medrash.
From The Gedolim
The passionate support of the gedolim in America for the daf hayomi b’halacha program echoes the enthusiasm of the posek ha’dor, Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt’l, for the daf hayomi b’halacha program when it was first released six years ago. At that time, Rav Elyashiv wrote a haskamah profusely praising Dirshu’s program and especially their new halacha program of daily Mishnah Berurah, “As the Chofetz Chaim writes in his introduction to the Mishnah Berurah, the main thing learning must be is learning that brings [a person] to practical action.”
In Eretz Yisrael, too, thousands have joined the bein ha’zemanim Sukkos program on hilchos yeshivas sukkah. At the end of bein ha’zemanim, a test will be given and, as in all of Dirshu’s programs, there will be rewards for excellent scores.
Powerful letters of approbation for the Sukkos bein ha’zemanim daf hayomi b’halacha l’bachurim program were also written by Rav Aharon Feldman, shlita, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ner Yisrael, Baltimore; Rav Moshe Heinemann, shlita, rav of the Agudas Yisroel of Baltimore; and Rav Dovid Olefsky, shlita, rosh yeshiva Mesivta Beis Yisroel, Ger.
Of Accountable Limud HaTorah
Perhaps the words of Rav Heinemann best encapsulate the revolution being wrought by Dirshu’s bringing practical halacha to the masses in an unprecedented fashion.
He writes, “Moshe Rabbeinu learned with Klal Yisrael the halachos of every yom tov on that particular yom tov . . . and the Bnei Yisrael accepted on themselves for future generations to always learn the halachos of each yom tov in advance of that yom tov. Dirshu is [going in that hallowed path] and being mezakeh es harabim by [facilitating this learning].”
One mesivta rebbi who has several talmidim in the program exclaimed, “It is amazing to see how excited they are about the program! I want them to come out of the bein ha’zemanim not only knowing hilchos sukkah but also with the sweetness in their mouth of success in accountable limud haTorah and a feeling that they are part of an amazing Torah movement that is being mezakeh Klal Yisrael.”