By Chaim Gold
“I would never have dreamt that I would one day be zocheh to learn all of the intricate halachos of baking matzos, all of the complex details on how to properly sell chametz to a gentile, and the detailed wording of the shtar, the document of sale. When would I have ever sat down and properly learned the difficult halachos of hagalas keilim, kashering keilim for Pesach, with so many contemporary scenarios? But I have done just that, thanks to Dirshu’s daf hayomi b’halacha program.” Those were the words of Rabbi M. Nussbaum, a yungerman living in Lakewood, who is just completing the entire hilchos Pesach with Dirshu’s daf hayomi b’halacha program.
This week, the daf hayomi b’halacha completed hilchos Pesach. Hilchos Pesach is one of those areas in the Mishnah Berurah where lomdei halacha with limited time often choose to learn only the seemingly more relevant halachos. Many of the important simanim, which on the surface seem to be either very intricate or not as relevant to our times, are therefore neglected. Countless individuals suffice with learning the beginning of chelek hey which deals with the halachos of bedikas chametz and biur chametz, and then skip over to the Seder night, thus missing numerous vital halachos. There are the halachos of taaruvos chametz, the halachos of what one must do if, G‑d forbid, he finds chametz in his house on Pesach; there are the halachos of kashering keilim, baking matzos, and the list goes on . . .
The thousands of participants in the Dirshu daf hayomi b’halacha didn’t just learn these areas perfunctorily. They learned them and reviewed them together with the Dirshu biurim u’musafim that depicts hundreds of modern-day scenarios that emanate from these halachos—and they were tested on all of them! That is why the completion of the entire hilchos Pesach is a reason for profound celebration.
Several years ago, the posek ha’dor, HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt’l, urged the hanhalah of Dirshu to create halacha programs whereby lomdei Torah would be encouraged to learn, understand, and know halacha l’ma’aseh, practical halacha. Over the course of the past six years, lomdei Dirshu in both its kinyan halacha and daf hayomi b’halacha programs have followed through on Rav Elyashiv’s guidance and have wrought a transformation in the Torah world. With the completion of hilchos Pesach and the commencement of hilchos yom tov, daf hayomi b’halacha learners will soon be embarking on learning chelek vav, the final chelek in the Mishnah Berurah, which covers the halachos of the yomim tovim. Dirshu has released the final chelek of its trailblazing Mishnah Berurah, already in its second printing! Before long, Klal Yisrael will be enriched with thousands of new beki’im in all six volumes of Mishnah Berurah.
“I have been part of Dirshu’s daf hayomi b’halacha program since its inception,” said Rabbi Mattisyahu Lazerson. “I can’t stress enough how it has changed my life. Every second of the day, every action that I take during the week and on Shabbos, by day and by night, brings to mind a halacha that I learned. Daf hayomi b’halacha has transformed my day from the mundane into the holy!” v