“What could be more moving than having thousands of lomdei Dirshu sitting together in one room, taking the last test on Shas and, immediately upon completing the test, entering the main hall of the Convention Center to celebrate their accomplishments with klal Yisrael led by gedolei Yisrael?” exclaimed Rabbi Shlomo Rozenstein, Dirshu’s director of public relations.
Torah and achdus through Torah are two overarching foundations of Dirshu that will be manifest at the Dirshu World Siyum to be held at the Binyanei Haumah Convention Center in Yerushalayim this coming Motzei Shabbos Chanukah, which will be graced by leading senior gedolei Yisrael.
The Final Test to Be Taken at Binyanei Haumah B’Achdus
“Although throughout the year Dirshu has numerous testing sites in neighborhoods all over Eretz Yisrael,” Rabbi Rozenstein related, “Dirshu’s hanhalah decided that in honor of the siyum haShas, the final test to be taken by the lomdim will be held b’achdus, b’rov am, and as soon as the test is over, the multitudes of test takers will enter the massive hall to celebrate the siyum.”
Not only will all of the members of Dirshu’s Kinyan Torah take the test at Binyanei Haumah, but they will be joined by thousands of bachurim who participate in Dirshu’s three programs for bachurim who will similarly take their monthly test at the Binyaneni Haumah Convention Center. The three programs for bachurim are: Dirshu Boker, for those who learn an extra seder in the pre-Shacharis hour of the day, Dirshu Talmudo B’yado, that incentivizes the bachurim to complete the masechta the yeshiva is learning, and Mekadshei Shevii, a program that urges bachurim to utilize time when yeshivos traditionally don’t have an official seder, such as Friday, parts of Shabbos and Motzei Shabbos.
Two Massive Siyumim in Eretz Yisrael
Due to the tremendous desire for lomdei Dirshu and their families to take part in the siyum, Dirshu is making two massive siyumim in Eretz Yisrael: one in the Yad Eliyahu Stadium in Tel Aviv for those in the center of the country, and the other in Yerushalayim at Binyanei Haumah.
The siyum in Binyanei Haumah will be the first major siyum in Dirshu’s World Siyum celebrations. Without a doubt, the participation of senior gedolei Yisrael from across the entire cross-section of observant Jewry, Ashkenazim and Sefardim, chassidim and yeshiva types, promises to be the highlight of the night.
HaGaon HaRav Reuven Elbaz, Shlita, to Celebrate Kinyan Chochma
One of the keynote addresses will be given by the Sephardic Gaon, Harav Reuven Elbaz, shlita, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Ohr Hachaim. His speech will be given in honor of the completion of the first cycle of Kinyan Chochma, Dirshu’s daily mussar program. As Kinyan Chochma embarks on its new machzor with the commencement of Masechta Avos with the commentary of Rabbeinu Yonah, Rav Elbaz, who is known as a riveting and compelling speaker, will outline how a short, daily mussar seder with a monthly test has impacted the lives of the multitudes who participated in the program through the first machzor and how now is the time to join for the second machzor.
Special Guest From America: HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, Shlita
One of the spiritual delicacies for the Yidden from Eretz Yisrael will be hearing from the special guest from America who will give a keynote address at the Binyanei Haumah siyum. That guest, HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Sorotzkin, shlita, rosh yeshivas Telshe and the Mesivta of Lakewood, one of America’s leading gedolei Torah and author of the magnum opus sefarim on all of Shas titled Gevuras Yitzchok, is also known as a spellbinding speaker. He is renowned not only for the brilliant content of his drashos that contain a tremendous range and koach hachiddush, but he is also known for the remarkable way that he delivers his shmuessen with passion and pathos. It is said that in Telshe Europe they would teach the bachurim how to properly construct and deliver drashos so that bnei Torah would be able to have an impact on the masses. Rav Sorotzkin, who is a scion of the great roshei yeshiva of Telshe, is the proud bearer of that legacy.
Another gadol b’Torah who will address the event will be HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi, shlita, rosh yeshiva at the Mir Yeshiva of Yerushalayim. Rav Ezrachi, who is among today’s renowned great orators, will encourage the tzibbur to focus on even greater goals in limud haTorah and mussar as Dirshu embarks on the new machzor of its Kinyan Torah program and Kinyan Chochma mussar-learning program.
Dais of Senior Gedolei Yisrael
In addition to Rav Elbaz, Rav Sorotzkin and Rav Ezrachi, the dais will be graced by numerous other senior gedolei Yisrael, including HaGaon HaRav Dovid Cohen, shlita, rosh yeshiva of the Chevron Yeshiva, the Boyaner Rebbe, shlita, HaGaon HaRav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, shlita, rosh yeshivas Slabodka, as well as the Bialer Rebbe, shlita, and the Erlauer Rebbe, shlita, are all slated to grace the event.
The World Siyum at Binyanei Haumah will also feature many surprises that will fill the participants with a combination of profound simcha and enriching chizuk.
Of course, the true heroes of the evening are the thousands of lomdei Dirshu who, day in and day out, focus on their learning and, month in and month out, review and review again so that they can succeed on their monthly tests.
A Dirshu siyum of this magnitude is truly a time to celebrate together with other like-minded lomdim. With this in mind, Dirshu has rented a special hall at Binyanei Haumah that will be used after the siyum where lomdim will be able to truly be misameach with each other with singing and dancing.
The sefarim teach us that a crucial element in promoting success in Torah learning is simchas haTorah: truly rejoicing both with the Torah and over the fact that one has the zechus to learn Torah and know Torah. That deep simcha will undoubtedly be evident when thousands gather together to sing and dance and jointly celebrate the accomplishments of lomdei Dirshu and lomdei Daf HaYomi. That simcha will certainly spur them to even greater accomplishments during the next machzor.