Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein addressing the recent Dirshu Shabbos Kinnus Olam HaTorah
Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein addressing the recent Dirshu Shabbos Kinnus Olam HaTorah
Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein addressing the recent Dirshu Shabbos Kinnus Olam HaTorah

By Chaim Gold

As Dirshu’s popular daf hayomi b’halacha program is set to embark on chelek vav, gedolei Yisrael have issued an unprecedented call to Jews the world over to bring daily halacha learning into their lives.

At the recent Dirshu Shabbos Kinnus Olam HaTorah, Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein, shlita, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Kiryas Melech of Bnei Brak, issued a passionate call to join daf hayomi b’halacha, emphasizing that it is an ideal method to invoke Divine Mercy at a time when Klal Yisrael finds itself in a difficult situation. In addition, numerous gedolei Yisrael wrote letters of chizuk in advance of the Shabbos Kinnus Olam HaTorah stressing the importance of the wider community participating in a daily halacha learning seder.

This latest call to undertake daily learning of halacha is a continuation of a historic proclamation made before this past Shavuos by Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita; Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita; Rav Gershon Edelstein, shlita; and Rav Nissim Karelitz, shlita. In that historic kol korei, addressed to “Acheinu Bnei Yisrael wherever they may be,” the senior gedolim wrote:

“It is therefore proper that every single person set aside time every day to learn halacha, and especially halachos that are of practical relevance, every day and every Shabbos. This daily learning of practical halacha should not be less than a half hour . . .”

Several years ago, the posek hador, Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt’l, encouraged the hanhalah of Dirshu to create halacha programs whereby lomdei Torah would be encouraged to learn, understand, and know halacha l’maaseh, practical halacha.

The Gerer Rebbe, shlita, also urged Dirshu to embark on a program that would help all Jews bring halacha observance into their lives, and has been one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the daf hayomi b’halacha program.

Over the course of the past six years, lomdei Dirshu have followed through on Rav Elyashiv’s guidance and have wrought a transformation in the Torah world. A few months ago, Dirshu released the final chelek of its trailblazing edition of the Mishnah Berurah, and it has been extremely well received. Daf hayomi b’halacha learners will soon embark on learning that final chelek, which covers the halachos of the yomim tovim.

The day is not far away when Klal Yisrael will be enriched with thousands of new bekiim in all six volumes of Mishnah Berurah!

Rav Borenstein, in his major address at the Dirshu Shabbos, stressed the imperative to learn halacha and the amazing contribution to this goal achieved by Dirshu:

“In previous generations, we merited the clear Mishnah Berurah of Maran the Chofetz Chaim, zt’l, who gathered in one place the rulings and decisions of the Gedolei HaPoskim in Orach Chaim, and, with his great strength, issued final rulings of halacha lema’aseh. Additionally, we merited the addendum to clear halacha from the beis medrash of the Chazon Ish and all the great poskim of our times, which Dirshu’s monumental undertaking compiled in its magnificent edition of the Mishnah Berurah. This was done together with the undertaking and organizing of daf hayomi b’halacha and study of the Mishnah Berurah to encourage the study of halacha lema’aseh with clarity, to know how one should live in every detail. Thousands of yungeleit in Eretz Yisrael and America participate in this sacred avodas hakodesh.”

In advance of the Dirshu Shabbos, other gedolim issued letters urging the daily learning of halacha while hailing Dirshu’s daf hayomi b’halacha as an ideal way to achieve that objective. Rav Yitzchok Scheiner, shlita, rosh yeshiva of the Kamenitz Yeshiva, wrote in a letter last month:

“I specifically want to praise the distinguished daf hayomi b’halacha program that Dirshu has instituted throughout the world, and that is now being expanded [to allow for even greater enrollment]. [This is imperative] especially now when there is such religious oppression in the Eretz Hakodesh . . .”

The Sanz-Klausenberger Rebbe of Eretz Yisrael also issued a clarion call to learn daf hayomi b’halacha, “Especially at this time when it is an eis tzarah l’Yaakov, and specifically in Eretz Hakodesh, where there are attempts to trample on the kavod haTorah and those who learn Torah . . .”

Rav Dovid Cohen, shlita, rosh yeshiva of the Chevron Yeshiva, also wrote a letter in advance of the Shabbos saying, “Learning halacha, learning Mishnah Berurah, is something that always needs strengthening. It is an absolute obligation for every Jew and particularly for a ben Torah. It is impossible to even describe the greatness and the zechus inherent when thousands strengthen themselves by learning Mishnah Berurah every day and then taking tests on what they have learned to ensure that they remember . . . In this zechus may we soon merit the geulah sheleimah.”

There are hundreds of daf hayomi b’halacha shiurim in locales throughout the world, in communities that have a large Torah observant community and in those that don’t. From Brooklyn to Portland; from Lakewood to Providence; from Kiev to Paris, daf hayomi b’halacha is everywhere.

Aside from the numerous live daf hayomi b’halacha shiurim the world over, Dirshu has made available numerous opportunities for those unable to attend a shiur in person, along with many other aids to learning daf hayomi b’halacha: Many archived shiurim can be heard on Kol Halashon. A daily radio segment of daf hayomi b’halacha is broadcast thrice daily in the New York metropolitan area. A daily newsletter is available via e-mail. There is also a monthly daf hayomi glossy bulletin, with all kinds of interesting shailos and insights to enrich one’s learning and knowledge. In this way, Dirshu has empowered Jews who are interested in learning daf hayomi b’halacha to participate, wherever they may be!

Rabbi Mattisyahu Lazerson explained, “I have been part of Dirshu’s daf hayomi b’halacha program since its inception. I can’t stress enough how it has changed my life. 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!”

If you have not done so yet, now is the time to join and implement this into your daily schedule. The berachah of such a kabalah, heeding the call of our gedolim implementing this limud, can only bring about yeshuos for ourselves and Klal Yisrael. To join daf hayomi b’halacha, please call 1-888-5-Dirshu or e-mail info@kolleldirshu.org. v


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