Hundreds of Thousands Throughout the World To Unite In Learning and Tefilla On Behalf of Klal Yisrael
If there was ever a time that Klal Yisrael needed to unite in a massive outpouring of tefilla and achdus; if there was ever a time when tens of thousands of tinokos shel beis rabban needed to come together to invoke rachmei shomayim, that time is now!
That is why Dirshu’s 7th Annual International Yom Limud and Tefilla, to be held on 24 Elul/September 1, the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrtzeit, can’t come sooner.
This year’s Yom Limud and Tefilla will subsequently present a special videocast which will premiere on Motzoei Shabbos, Parshas Nitzavim, 28 Elul/September 4, and will be featured throughout Sunday, September 5, where Klal Yisrael will be addressed by leading Gedolei Yisrael. They will include the venerated senior Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, shlita, Rosh Yeshivas Ateres Yisroel of Yerushalayim; HaGaon HaRav Shimon Galei, shlita, well-known Mashpia and Rosh Kollel; HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Hillel, shlita, Rosh Yeshivat Hamekubalim, Ahavat Shalom; Hagaon HaRav Nissan Kaplan, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva Daas Aharon; and Rav Dovid Hofstedter, shlita, Nasi, Dirshu. The videocast will be chaired by Rav Zev Smith, well-known Maggid Shiur in Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program and Irgun Shiurei Torah. The videocast will also feature musical interludes of chizuk with hartzig music by the renowned menagnim, Motti Steinmetz, Zanvil Weinberger, Shlomo Cohen, Aharle Samet and a special composition made for the event by popular writer, Rabbi Nachman Seltzer.
During the videocast, exciting new details about the upcoming Dirshu World Siyum, marking the completion of the second machzor of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha will also be released.
The Importance of Unified Learning and Tefilla Among All Yidden to Invoke Divine Mercy
With Rosh Hashanah nearly upon us, we realize what a monumental Yom Hadin we are facing. The world is an extremely unstable place. There is, of course, the Corona Virus that has wreaked havoc and continues to wreak havoc worldwide. People are becoming ill, some seriously. The virus is also threatening the stability and viability of our shuls, schools, yeshivos and chadorim.
In Eretz Yisroel, the new government presents a tremendous challenge for frum Yidden. In America, the new winds of “progressivism” and “wokeism” that are blowing similarly threaten our way of life. There is a rise in terror and lawlessness throughout the world, something which is harmful to society.
We need tefillos! We need the zechus of the Chofetz Chaim to protect us!
What is the Dirshu Yom Limud and Tefilla that has been held on the yahrzeit of the Chofetz Chaim for the last six years in six continents with hundreds of thousands of participants?
The Yom Limud and Tefilla was established by Dirshu 7 years ago specifically to bring Klal Yisrael together on the auspicious occasion of the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrzeit right before Rosh Hashanah in unified tefilla on behalf of Klal Yisrael and to encourage the continued learning of the Chofetz Chaim’s sefarim that have such power to invoke rachmei shomayim.
Organizers of the Yom Limud and Tefilla clearly tapped into the innate feeling of every Jewish neshama in these extraordinary times when Klal Yisrael is facing literally unprecedented challenges. This concentrated effort in tefilla and achdus was designed to arouse heavenly mercy in the zechus of the heiligeh Chofetz Chaim who was so moser nefesh to promote these ideals among Klal Yisrael.
On the Yom Limud and Tefilla, Jews throughout the world will gather to recite specific perakim of Tehillim and learn segments from the sefarim written by the Chofetz Chaim, the Mishnah Berurah and the Sefer Zachor L’Miriam.
The Tehillim being recited will be perakim kof and kuf-lamed, followed by the tefilla of Acheinu Beis Yisrael. The limud of the sifrei Chofetz Chaim will be from Dirshu’s super popular Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program that is currently learning the laws of Sukkos. It will comprise the first se’if in siman 639. The mussar limud from the sefarim of the Chofetz Chaim will be from Sefer Zachor L’Miriam, part of chapter 18.
Riveting Programs Commemorating Chofetz Chaim in Many Hundreds of Schools World Over
Simultaneously, a unique program will take place in more than 300 cities across the world with many hundreds of yeshivos, chadorim and Bais Yaakovs participating.
The remarkable, school-age program designed by Dirshu is sure to have a tremendous impact on tens of thousands of children both in major Jewish centers and in places far from Yiddishkeit hubs. The program was created with the singular goal of connecting children to the teachings and life of the Chofetz Chaim. Towards that goal, they have written some hilchos Rosh Hashana from the Chofetz Chaim’s sefer Zechor Miriam, together with hashkafa and mussar as taught by the Chofetz Chaim and compiled them into an age-appropriate, user-friendly, easy-to-understand booklet replete with magnificent illustrations, rare stories of the Chofetz Chaim and a brief history of the Chofetz Chaim’s yeshiva.
Dirshu has made these extremely compelling, artfully designed booklets in both English and Yiddish for three different age groups: grades 1-3, 4-5 and 6-8.
The captivating stories and graphics are sure to motivate the children in each age group to read and be inspired. In addition, the combination of riveting graphics and clarity of the lessons has been hailed by leading menahelim and mechanchim as a tremendously successful way of bringing alive the lessons of the Chofetz Chaim.
In their effort to reach tinokos shel beis rabban from across the spectrum, Dirshu has vividly designed a tailormade Yiddish version of the booklet for Chassidishe chadorim with tailormade illustrations.
Along with the booklet, all children will be gifted with a professionally produced CD replete with incredible sound effects. The English-speaking students will receive a CD by Rebbe Hill while the Yiddish speakers will be entertained by Rav Leibish Lish.
Throughout the diverse communities across the United States and Canada, a wide range of more than 150 boys’ and girls’ schools, chadorim and Bais Yaakovs that truly represent the entire panoply of Orthodox Jewry, has signed up for the Yom Limud and Tefilla school programs. They include schools from communities such as Monsey, NY; Lakewood, NJ; Brooklyn, NY; Manhattan, NY; Toronto, Canada; Houston, TX; Baltimore, MD; Cleveland, OH; Waterbury, CN; Phoenix, AZ; Passaic, NJ; Denver, CO; Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; and Providence, RI. In addition, countless Chassidishe schools in Brooklyn, Lakewood and Monsey will also be participating.
This is aside from schools, chadorim and Bais Yaakovs throughout all of Eretz Yisrael and Europe who will also participate in the Yom Limud and Tefilla. According to Rabbi Gershon Kroizer of Dirshu, “Hundreds of schools in Eretz Yisrael, North America and Europe that together encompasses hundreds of thousands of children will participate in the Yom Limud and Tefilla utilizing the unique content provided to commemorate the auspicious day. The impact on young boys and girls learning about the Chofetz Chaim will be both huge and unparalleled,” he exclaimed.”
There will also be tens of schools in the Former Soviet Union, schools in South Africa, Australia, South America participating in this momentous day, making it truly worldwide!
Klal Yisrael Needs YOU and YOU Need to Hear the Words of the Gedolim!
Without a doubt however, the riveting videocast slated to be shown on Sunday September 5, will be an event that any Yid who wants to connect and unite with Klal Yisrael k’ish echad b’lev echad while internalizing the message and chizuk from the Chofetz Chaim in advance of Rosh Hashanah, would not want to miss.
To hear the roar of Rav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi as he arouses us to teshuva; To feel the heart of Rav Shimon Galei as he cries and begs, invoking rachamei shomayim; To absorb the deep, inspiring words of Rav Yaakov Hillel and the chizuk of Rav Nissan Kaplan, will provide you with a unique viewing experience replete with chizuk and inspiration.
Klal Yisrael needs YOU to daven together with hundreds of thousands throughout the world on Dirshu’s Yom Limud and Tefilla, and YOU need the words of the Gedolim broadcast on the videocast for guidance and chizuk in advance of the New Year.
Don’t miss it!
By Chaim Gold