On Monday Rosh Chodesh Sivan, hundreds of lomdei Dirshu from Monsey and Shikun Skver gathered for a beautiful siyum and seudas mitzvah. Drashos were given by HaRav Avrohom Schorr, shlita, Rav of Kehal Tiferes Yaakov of Flatbush; HaRav Zev Smith, shlita, Maggid Shiur Irgun Shiurei Torah and Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Nasi Dirshu.
There were also hundreds of Dirshu wives in attendance and indeed in his passionate address, one of the things Rav Schorr addressed was the impact Dirshu has on the entire family. He asked, “How do kids in today’s world know what is really important and what isn’t? The school may be able to impart book knowledge but seeing how their parents conduct themselves is the ultimate teacher. When a child sees that the entire home is focused around the husband’s and father’s learning seder, chazara and preparation for tests, the entire home becomes a manifestation of Torah. This ability to seek out Torah and to love Torah is transmitted to the children.”
Another powerful address that riveted the hundreds of attendees was given by Rav Zev Smith. He recalled Rav Pam speaking at an emotional maamad and saying, “A small person with a small heart but so many feelings.”
“I wonder,” Rav Smith thundered, “what he would say tonight. I look around and see Shas in front of me. I see tens of thousands of hours of limud haTorah, of yegiah in Torah. So many feelings!”
Indeed, the overwhelming feeling of all Dirshu participants at the siyum was, “Ashreinu, how fortunate are we!” Paraphrasing the Mishnah in Avos they say, “We are fortunate in this world and it is good for us in the next world too!”
By Chaim Gold