Sunday, September 25, 2022

As Dirshu’s popular Daf HaYomi B’Halakha program is set to embark on Chelek Vav, the last volume of Mishna Berurah, Gedolei Yisrael encompassing the entire cross-section of Torah Jewry have issued an unprecedented call to Jews the world over to bring daily halakha learning into their lives.

At the recent Dirshu Shabbos Kinnus Olam HaTorah, HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Kiryas Melech of Bnei Brak, issued a passionate call to join Daf HaYomi B’Halakha, emphasizing that it is an ideal way 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 stressing the importance of the wider community participating in a daily halakha learning seder.

The latest call is a continuation of a historic proclamation made before last  Shavuos by the senior Gedolei Hador, HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita; HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita; HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, shlita and HaGaon HaRav Nissim Karelitz, shlita. In that historic Kol Korei addressed to “Acheinu Bnei Yisrael wherever they may be,” they wrote: It is therefore proper that every single person set aside time every day to learn halakha, and especially halakhos that are of practical relevance, every day and every Shabbos. This daily learning of practical halakha should not be less than a half hour….”

Several years ago, the  Posek Hador, HaGaon HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt”l, encouraged the hanhala of Dirshu to create halakha programs whereby lomdei Torah would be encouraged to learn, understand and know halakha l’maaseh, practical halakha. The Gerer Rebbe, shlita, too, has been one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halakha program.

Daf HaYomi B’Halakha learners will soon embark on learning Chelek Vav, the final chelek in the Mishna Berurah that covers the halakhos of the Yomim Tovim. A few months ago, Dirshu released the final chelek of its trailblazing Mishna Berurah that has been extremely well received. The day is not far away when Klal Yisrael will be enriched with thousands of new bekiim in all six volumes of Mishna Berurah!

HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein, shlita, at the Dirshu Shabbos stressed the imperative to learn halakha and the amazing contribution to this goal achieved by Dirshu:  “In previous generations, we merited the clear Mishna 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 halakha lema’aseh. Additionally, we merited the addendum to clear halakha 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 Mishna Berurah. This was done together with the undertaking and organizing of Daf HaYomi B’Halakha and study of the Mishna Berurah to encourage the study of halakha 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.”

Aside from the numerous live Daf HaYomi B’Halakha shiurim the world over, Dirshu has made available numerous opportunities to hear shiurim for those unable to attend a shiur along with many other aids to learning: Tens of live, archived shiurim can be heard on Kol Halashon; a daily radio segment of Daf HaYomi B’Halakha is broadcast thrice daily in the New York Metro area; a daily newsletter is available via e-mail as well as 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’Halakha to participate wherever they may be!

If you have not done so yet, now is the time to join and implement this into your daily schedule. The bracha of such a kabala and heeding the call of our gedolim implementing this limud, can only bring about yeshuos for ourselves and Klal Yisrael. To join Daf HaYomi B’Halakha, please call 1-888-5-Dirshu or e-mail info_kolleldirshu.org.

By Chaim Gold

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