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Passaic to Host Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Siyum on Chelek Aleph of Mishnah Berurah

Just over a year ago, Klal Yisrael embarked on a historic journey, a transformative journey of yedias halacha. Over 100,000 Jews from six continents began the journey on Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5775 and today, they are at the cusp of finishing the first chelek of Mishnah Berurah.

A beautiful milestone siyum is scheduled to be held on 24 Nissan/May 2 at the Ohel Rivkah Hall in Passaic. The siyum will feature a focal address by HaGaon HaRav Yeruchim Olshin, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood and a keynote speech by HaGaon HaRav Yissocher Frand, shlita, Rosh Mesivta at Yeshiva Ner Israel of Baltimore.

Last year, in advance of the beginning of the new machzor of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha, gedolei Yisrael from across the spectrum led by the illustrious Dirshu Nesius of Daf HaYomi B’Halacha in both Eretz Yisroel and America urged all Yidden to embark on this most monumental journey through halacha. They explained that an investment of a mere half hour each day could save a person from transgressing untold numbers of aveiros and simultaneously enrich him and his entire family with an infinite number of mitzvos performed properly in accordance with halacha. The members of Dirshu’s American Nesius are the Skulener Rebbe, shlita the Roshei Yeshiva of Lakewood, HaGaon HaRav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler, shlita, and HaGaon HaRav Yeruchim Olshin, shlita, HaGaon HaRav Yosef Harrai Raful, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Ateret Torah, HaGaon HaRav Matisyohu Salomon, shlita, Mashgiach Beth Medrash Govoha, Lakewood, the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Monsey, shlita, HaGaon HaRav Elya Ber Wachtfogel, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of South Fallsburg, HaGaon HaRav Yechezkel Roth, shlita, the Karlsberger Rov, and HaGaon HaRav Asher Anshel Katz, shlita, the Vienner Rav.

Klal Yisrael has a unique sense of smell for a historic opportunity to grant nachas ruach to Hashem and thus, Yidden from all over the world began to learn Daf HaYomi B’Halacha. The response was remarkable!

Reb Yosef Rottenberg of Lakewood relates, “At the beginning of the machzor a friend of mine told me that a chaburah was forming in our shul and asked if I could join. After a bit of cajoling I agreed. What can I say? I did not know what learning just a half hour of Mishnah Berurah could do to my life! Now, from the time I wake up in the morning until the time I go to sleep, every action that I take is taken through the prism of the halachos that I have learned in Daf HaYomi B’Halacha! It started with the halachos of waking up in the morning and then I learned so much about tzitzis and tefillin—halachos that I had never known.”

“In hilchos kriyas Shema and hilchos tefillah,” Reb Yosef continued enthusiastically, “I encountered hundreds of halachos with scenarios that I had never known. I had been davening my entire life, but my davening was completely transformed after learning this past year, day in and day out, in the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program. The special Biurim U’Musafim section of the Dirshu Mishnah Berurah also has been enormously helpful in bringing countless modern-day applications to the halachos that we are learning and citing the views of the poskim of the last generations since the Chofetz Chaim.”

The siyum, to be held right after Yom Tov in Passaic, will be preceded by a fascinating conference for Daf HaYomi B’Halacha maggidei shiur.

Passaic is a community that has ardently embraced Daf HaYomi B’Halacha and there are numerous shiurim in the varied battei medrash in town. In addition to the addresses by the illustrious Roshei Yeshiva, a special audio-video presentation on Daf HaYomi B’Halacha featuring messages of the gedolei Yisrael from Eretz Yisrael and America will be shown.

Rabbi Shlomo Rozenstein, Dirshu’s Director of Public Affairs relates, “As Dirshu prepares to begin Chelek Beis of Mishnah Berurah those who have not yet joined are urged to come aboard.

“Many people,” Rabbi Rozenstein continued, “have a misconception. They think that only if someone is ready to be tested on what they learned can they join Daf HaYomi B’Halacha. This is not true. Certainly, Dirshu urges all to learn in a way that he can know it so well as to take a test, but Daf HaYomi B’Halacha is open to all of Klal Yisrael! After all, no Yid in Klal Yisrael can make a move without knowing halacha.”

As Klal Yisrael celebrates the simcha and nachas ruach that Hashem has from untold thousands completing the entire first chelek of Mishnah Berurah, all are invited to join for Chelek Beis and truly experience how Daf HaYomi B’Halacha can change your life!

To join please call 1-888-5Dirshu or email [email protected].

By Chaim Gold

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