Partial view of the 2013 Dirshu convention
Partial view of the 2013 Dirshu convention

By Chaim Gold

“The Dirshu convention is really special. It is purely and solely designed to celebrate limud haTorah achievements. It is exhilarating to be together with so many like-minded lomdeiTorah.” Those were the words of one distinguished Dirshu member, who no doubt echoed the feelings of many others.

This year’s Dirshu convention will be held iy’H over the weekend of ShabbosParashas Vayakhel-Pekudei/March 13—15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. It is slated to be a premier demonstration of kavod haTorah and kavod for lomdeiTorah. The convention is being held in conjunction with the siyum of the machzor rishon of the daf hayomi b’halacha program, Dirshu’s increasingly popular daily halacha and mussar program that has taken KlalYisrael by storm.

Hailing Their Accomplishments

Every member present at the Dirshu Convention has shown deep dedication to limudhaTorah by taking monthly tests in one of Dirshu’s programs. Every Dirshu wife there has displayed mesirus nefesh for her husband’s learning and spiritual ascent by enabling him to devote a tremendous amount of time to learning the daily material required in Dirshu’s program and then repeatedly reviewing so that he will know the material sufficiently to earn an exemplary mark on the test. This often does not come easily. It frequently means sacrificing the help of a husband in the most hectic of times, such as the morning rush to school or the evening bedtime crunch. That is why Dirshu siyumim and Shabbos conventions always have an important place for Dirshu wives who are true partners in the Torah success of their husbands.

Grand Motzaei Shabbos Siyum Open To The Public

Rabbi Ahron Gobioff, Dirshu’s American director, relates, “Ever since the news of our upcoming convention went public, the phone lines in our offices have been ringing off the hook with thousands expressing an interest in coming. Even though we took one of the largest hotels in the tristate area for the convention, we still cannot keep up with the demand! We have been forced to primarily accept requests from Dirshu members who have continuously taken the monthly tests, displaying great dedication and a deep sense of responsibility in achieving their Torah goals. We have, however, arranged a way for the many who will not be there for Shabbos to participate. The grand siyum on the entire Mishnah Berurah will take place on motzaeiShabbos at the main ballroom of the Crowne Plaza. There will be buses from many of the main centers in the tristate area to enable all who so desire to participate in the grand siyum, hear the words of some of the gedoleiha’dor, and celebrate a momentous moment in Torah history.”

Numerous Gedolim
To Deliver Addresses

As at all of Dirshu’s events, this year’s convention will be addressed by numerous gedoleiYisrael–Ashkenazim and Sephardim, Chassidim and Lithuanian, including members of Dirshu’s nesius of daf hayomi b’halacha.

There will be addresses from luminaries such as ha’rabbanim R’ Reuven Feinstein, roshyeshiva Staten Island; R’ Aharon Feldman, roshyeshiva Ner Yisrael of Baltimore; R’ Yehoshua Fuhrer, rav and roshkollel Bobov of Toronto; R’ Yitzchok Zalman Gipps, roshkollel Tiferes Yaakov Yosef of Spink; R’ Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, rosh yeshiva Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood; R’ Moshe Mordechai Lowy, rav of Agudas Yisroel of Toronto; R’ Shlomo Miller, roshkollel Avreichim of Toronto and av beis din bais hora’ah of Lakewood; R’ Yeruchim Olshin, rosh yeshiva Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood; R’ Shmuel Choeuka, rav, Congregation Ohel Simcha of Deal, NJ; R’ Zev Smith, maggidshiurdaf hayomi b’halacha; R’ Yitzchok Sorotzkin, rosh yeshiva Telz Cleveland and Mesivta of Lakewood; and R’ Yechiel Mechel Steinmetz, dayan of Kehal Toldos Yaakov Yosef of Skver, Boro Park.

The excited anticipation among lomdei Dirshu for this Shabbos is indescribable. Multitudes of talmideichachamim come and meet like-minded counterparts as they talk in learning and exchange tips for how to enhance yedias haTorah and retention of the vast amounts of Torah that they learn. The chizuk they derive from realizing that they are a significant part of a massive global movement of yedias haTorah cannot be quantified. In addition, the wives of lomdeiDirshu walk away from Shabbos on a high. Not only are they deeply inspired by the special women’s programming but perhaps even more so from meeting other distinguished wives and mothers who truly understand what it means to be a Dirshu wife–with the feeling of witnessing the hatzlachah of their husbands after a test, upon completion of a masechta, and recognizing how through Dirshu the entire family becomes elevated and closer to Hashem.

The Impact
Of Past Dirshu Shabbosos

After previous Dirshu Shabbosos, testimonials from Dirshu learners and their wives about how much the Shabbos meant to them flowed into Dirshu’s offices. Here is one:

“Now that we received the wonderful news that another Shabbos is being planned, we’d like to share what Dirshu and the Shabbos mean to us. There is no way we can ever express the depth of our gratitude.

“While my husband, a kollel yungerman, always admired his father, who is a great masmid, he didn’t think he was capable of doing the same. At the first Dirshu Shabbos, when my husband saw yungeleit just like him becoming Shas Yidden and being tested on the entire Shas, he came home determined to do the same. Since that Shabbos every moment in our life has become a treasure; life is a rush of excitement!

“Another amud, another daf . . . Baruch Hashem, my husband makes a siyum so often that my two-year old confuses the words “siyum” and “seudah.” A seudah with a siyum is such a thrill, as the children march into the dining room with a special dish while singing a niggun in honor of the siyum. . . . Although I never imagined I would leave my children behind for a Shabbos, this Shabbos is different. My children treasure the memory of ‘the Shabbos that Totty and Mommy went to learn how to learn more Torah!’ (They obsess over the Dirshu zemiros.)

“It is hard for me to stop writing because Dirshu is our life! I just need to ask my children, ‘Where is Totty now? What is he doing?’ and they are full of excitement! Bechinah day is a yomtov for our family!”

As Dirshu gears up for the American convention as well as the Shabbos convention in England the next week, its siyum in France a day later, and then in Eretz Yisrael at the Yad Eliyahu stadium, people from all over the world are joining daf hayomi b’halacha to participate in the second machzor. If you have not yet joined, now is the time. It will change your life.

To join, please call 888-5DIRSHU or e-mail

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