By Chaim Gold
Walk into any shul or yeshiva this bein ha’zemanim and you are likely encounter pairs of bachurim learning Mishnah Berurah, hilchos tefillah, and Dirshu’s well-known Biurim U’Musafim additions.
One inspiring feature of the program is its inaugural halacha shiurim in the larger communities given by prominent rabbanim and poskim. The shiurim set the tone for the program and provide important background, enabling every bachur to better understand the foundations and underlying principles of hilchos tefillah.
Over this Pesach bein ha’zemanim, some 30 communities will participate in the program. Whether in Toronto, Providence, Boston, Baltimore, or St. Louis, thousands of bachurim will be learning daily Mishnah Berurah, getting a real taste for the learning and an appreciation for how learning daily halacha with a defined, accountable program can transform one’s day and one’s bein ha’zemanim.
The daf hayomi b’halacha bein ha’zemanim program, specially designed for bachurim, will begin on 7 Nissan for high-school-age bachurim and on 3 Nissan for bachurim in yeshiva gedolah. The program culminates with a test on 24 Nissan/May 2.
Daf hayomi b’halacha l’bachurim offers a daily program of halacha that provides structure to bein ha’zemanim while simultaneously bringing bachurim into the world of practical and accountable limud halacha. It is divided into two separate tracks: one consisting of Shulchan Aruch, Mishnah Berurah, and select portions of Mussaf Dirshu, and the advanced track consisting of Shulchan Aruch, Mishnah Berurah, Biur Halacha, Sha’ar HaTziyun, and Mussaf Dirshu.
One particularly remarkable aspect of the program is Dirshu’s signature attention to detail. Nothing is overlooked. In addition to the halachos set forth in the Mishnah Berurah, Biurim U’Musafim offer many practical halachos and tips, providing extensive supplementary information and piskei halacha.
Dirshu provides all participants in the program with numerous aids to ensure that every bachur has the optimum learning experience. Among those aids are: beautiful Dirshu Mishnah Berurah booklets with the daily schedule, specially designed English and Yiddish sikkum pamphlets summarizing each day’s learning, pre-recorded CD of shiurim in both English and Yiddish with separate tracks for each day’s learning material, exciting raffles throughout the program period for sefarim and CDs, and finally, the test at the culmination of the program with monetary stipends based on test scores.
Towards the beginning of bein ha’zemanim, on either Sunday, 9 Nissan/April 17, or Monday, 10 Nissan/April 18, depending on location, important and riveting pesicha shiurim and divrei chizuk will iy’H be delivered at 12 locales across North America:
Flatbush, Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin. Inaugural halacha shiur for bachurim will be delivered by Rav Eliezer Ginsburg, rav of Agudas Yisroel Zichron Shmuel and rosh kollel in the Mir Yeshiva of Flatbush.
Five Towns, Agudas Yisroel of W. Lawrence. Addressed by Rav Yaakov Bender, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Darchei Torah.
Montreal, Toldos Yaakov Yosef Bais Medrash of Skver. Rav Yochanon Wosner, Raavad D’Chassidei Skver and Skverer Dayan of Montreal, will deliver a shiur.
Passaic, Congregation Bais Torah U’Tefillah. Pesicha shiur will be delivered by Rav Asher Dovid May, rosh kollel of Yeshiva Gedolah of Passaic.
Boro Park, Kehal Birchas Avrohom. Rav Yitzchok Zalman Gipps, rav of Kehal Birchas Avrohom and rosh yeshivas Nehardaah, will address the bachurim.
Lakewood, Khal Shearis Adas Yisrael. Rav Zev Smith, will deliver a shiur.
Detroit, Kollel Institute of Greater Detroit. Maggid shiur will be Rav Aharon Sorscher, rosh mesivta of Mesivta Yagdil Torah.
Cleveland, Agudas Yisroel of Cleveland. Shiur by Rav Boruch Hirschfeld, rav of Kehillas Ahavas Yisrael and rosh kollel of Kollel Ateres Boruch.
Shikun Skver, Bais Medrash Hagadol. Maggid shiur will be Rav Ephraim Greenbaum.
Chicago, Chicago Center for Torah and Chesed. Rav Avrohom Lipschutz, mashgiach of the Telshe Yeshiva of Chicago, will address the bachurim.
Los Angeles. Maggid shiur will be Rav Nochum Sauer, rosh kollel of YULA.
Baltimore, Kehillas Kol Torah. Rav Yosef Berger, rav of Kehillas Kol Torah, will address the bachurim.
From Roshei Yeshiva
Rabbi Ahron Gobioff, Dirshu’s American director, relates, “This will be the fourth bein ha’zemanim when we will merit having the daf hayomi b’halacha l’bachurim. The turnout has been increasing by leaps and bounds. The pesicha shiurim really bring the bachurim into the sugya with the rabbanim and roshei yeshiva impressing upon the bachurim the importance of what they are doing. Their involvement in a structured bein ha’zemanim daily learning program and, more importantly, their exposure to the world of practical halacha where they really encounter the fundamentals of learning Mishnah Berurah is a remarkable opportunity,” said Rabbi Gobioff.
“I cannot tell you how many maggidei shiur and roshei yeshiva have thanked us for creating a program that affords bachurim tremendous sipuk while simultaneously helping structure their bein ha’zemanim learning and teaching them the responsibility of learning and reviewing in a way that they can be tested,” explained Rabbi Gobioff. “We have more than 20 yeshivos that have officially enrolled, and individual bachurim from countless other yeshivos are participating. There is no question that Dirshu’s daf hayomi b’halacha l’bachurim has not only transformed bein ha’zemanim for untold numbers of bachurim, but in addition it has whet their appetite to devote time to learning Mishnah Berurah daily in a way that they will retain it for a lifetime.”
Halacha: The Way
One ‘Walks’ Through Life
Rav Zev Smith, who will speak in Lakewood, gave over a powerful message at the pesicha shiur at the previous daf hayomi b’halacha l’bachurim program this past Sukkos. He said, “The Gemara tells us that Hashem has nothing in this world except for the four amos of halacha. Hashem’s world–the real world–is the four amos of halacha! The Gemara says, ‘Dvar Hashem zu halacha.’ A person who thinks deeply into this should be overwhelmed by the magnitude of what he is doing. When he picks up a Mishnah Berurah, he is picking up dvar Hashem.”
Why does the Gemara call learning the laws “halacha”? Wouldn’t “denim” be a more accurate term? The answer, said Rav Smith, is that “halacha is much more than the dry learning of dinim. It is ‘hiluch.’ It is the way one walks through life. He is traveling through life with Hashem’s word the foremost thing in his mind.”Â v