Torah Learning on Shabbos Night
by Yated Ne'eman Staff
We are very pleased to share with the public a regulation/commitment
the bnei Torah of Elad and other residents, that has led to a
big boost of thousands of hours of Torah study on Shabbos night.
One year ago HaRav Yosef Yitzchok Rotenberg, a prominent
avreich in the city, passed away unexpectedly, sending shock
waves throughout the city. HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ettinger, rosh
yeshiva of Yeshivas Knesses Yechezkel, and HaRav Avrohom Moshe
Pachter, ram at Kollel Medrash Eliyohu, put forth a proposal to
have avreichim learn for at least one hour on Shabbos Night in the
beis medrash or the beis knesses.
Hundreds of avreichim signed a takonoh and the study session
has been dubbed, "Yosef Daas." The head of the Avi Ezri Kollel in
Elad, HaRav Meir Bir, distributed a letter that quotes HaRav Shach
telling his student, HaRav Avrohom Tzvi Taub, during the Gulf War,
"For Shabbos demands its honor. When Shabbos learning is lacking, i.e.
is not up to the standards of the evening seder during the
week, many hours go to waste."
HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita and other leading rabbonim
appended their signatures, some adding comments. The rabbonim signed
on the letter include HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, HaRav Chaim
Kanievsky and HaRav Shmuel Auerbach shlita, the moro
d'asro of Elad, HaRav Shlomo Zalman Grossman, as well as HaRav
Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, zt"l.