By Nachman Levine
The Dirshu Shabbos Chizuk l’Lomdei Torah to be held on Shabbos Parashas Vayeitzei at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Somerset, NJ, will iy’H be attended by gedolei Yisrael from America and abroad. Hundreds of Dirshu members, and non-members, will participate in this special Shabbos honoring the phenomenal accomplishments of participants in the Dirshu programs of limud haTorah.
The special event has the positive encouragement and enthusiastic support of gedolei Yisrael in Eretz Yisrael and throughout the world. Rav Dovid Cohen, Rav Yitzchok Scheiner, Rav Berel Povarsky, the Klausenberger Rebbe, the Modzhitzer Rebbe, Rav Aryeh Finkel, Rav Moshe Tzadka, and Rav Malkiel Kotler, shlita, all sent powerful letters to be read publicly at the event. The venerated senior rosh yeshiva of Brisk, Rav Dovid Soloveichik, shlita, similarly imparted words of chizuk and comprehensive guidance for the American Torah community.
This year’s Shabbos has a particularly timely emphasis. Many of the gedolei Yisrael who wrote letters to honor the special Shabbos specifically mentioned the gezeiros in Eretz Yisrael and suggested undertakings that lomdei Torah of America can do to help neutralize those decrees.
The Shabbos Chizuk will be graced with the special participation of Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein, shlita, who will iy’H be coming from Eretz Yisrael specifically to address the special Shabbos gathering. Rav Borenstein, renowned rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Kiryas Melech in Bnei Brak, is known for his brilliance in Torah and comprehensive shiurim. Rav Borenstein served as a r’m at Yeshiva Nachlas Dovid in Petach Tikvah and then as a rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Chevron, Geulah for 20 years with Rav Chaim Sarna, zt’l. With the founding of Kiryas Melech in Bnei Brak, he was invited to serve as rosh yeshiva.
Rav Borenstein is one of the most prominent talmidim of the Chevroner Yeshiva, where he learned for many years, and of Rav Chaim Shmulevitz zt’l, being involved in the preparation of Rav Chaim’s sefarim, Shaarei Chaim. He was also one of the most prominent talmidim of Rav Yitzchok Hutner, zt’l, at Yeshivas Beis HaTalmud-Gur Aryeh. Rav Borenstein is the author of several important sefarim, including collections of his shiurim on several masechtos of Shas.
One of the high points of this year’s Shabbos Chizuk l’Lomdei Torah will be that Dirshu will again be presenting what was one of last year’s most enjoyable, spiritually enlightening events, the open she’eilos-and-teshuvos session with the well-known posek Rav Yechiel Michel Steinmetz, shlita, the Skverer Dayan of Boro Park. Last year, the dayan’s encyclopedic knowledge of halachah, as well as its practical application to questions of modern medicine, technology, and the like, kept the audience riveted and begging for more.
Additionally, the shalosh seudos, at which a number of gedolei Yisrael will address the crowd, promises to be one of the most inspirational events of the Shabbos. The shalosh seudos is expected to stretch for a considerable amount of time into motzaei Shabbos and culminate in great shared communal simcha.
While the Dirshu Shabbos Chizuk l’Lomdei Torah itself is completely sold out, Dirshu very much wants to make the gedolei Eretz Yisrael’s special messages on motzaei Shabbos accessible to all. A live audio hookup will be available shortly after Shabbos ends, so that those throughout North America who desire to hear the d’var Hashem will be able to listen to their words. That is especially relevant this year in light of the special message of the gedolei Eretz Yisrael and their response and encouragement to the situation in Eretz Yisrael. The special words of the gedolei Eretz Yisrael will be accessible after Shabbos on the Nachum Segal network and on Kol Haloshon (718-906-6400, press *).
As Dirshu’s director of operations in America, Rabbi Aharon Gobioff, notes, “Making the derashos given after Shabbos available to the wider community helps us fulfill Dirshu’s mission to bring chizuk in Torah and enrich Klal Yisrael.” v