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6th Agudas Yisroel Yarchei Kallah Opens in Jerusalem

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Two hundred and fifty participants from Agudas Yisroel of America began their Sixth Annual Yarchei Kallah on Monday afternoon at the Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, Executive Vice President of Agudas Yisroel of America, said this is the largest Yarchei Kallah held in Jerusalem to date. Presidential Board Members Rabbi Bloom and Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zweibel, Executive Vice President for government and public affairs, and Rabbi Shlomo Gertzulin, Executive Vice President for finance and administration, and members of the executive board received the arriving participants, many of whom travelled straight from the airport to the hotel.

The staff of Agudas Yisroel of America's Torah Projects Committee was well-prepared to take in the numerous guests along with the hotel staff members, who directed them to their rooms. Each participant received a printed program schedule for the four-day event, which includes a special ladies' program.

Following Minchah berov om the participants sat down for chavrusa study. Within a matter of minutes the hotel's large events hall had been converted into a huge beis medrash, sending forth the sounds of Torah study as the participants delved into the study of the Daf Yomi from maseches Eruvin and the sugya selected for this year's Yarchei Kallah: Kiddush and Havdoloh.

The introductory shiur was given by the Admor of Novominsk, Rosh of Agudas Yisroel of America, who said he considered it a great privilege to take part in the gathering. The shiur focused on Kiddush and Havdoloh on Shabbos and Yom Tov, and the nusach of the Shabbos tefilloh.

The opening shiur was delivered by HaRav Moshe Mordechai Chodosh, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Or Elchonon, who said there are several different levels of mevakshei Hashem, "similar to the talmidei chachomim who go from city to city and from country to country, and in this case from continent to continent. The gemora says that talmidim would walk three months for one day of learning under Rav, meaning they were learning the whole time. When one comes to study at the Yarchei Kallah in Eretz Yisroel, of which it is said `aviro de'Eretz Yisroel machkim,' it is certain to turn the whole year into Torah study at a high level of mevakshei Hashem."

Based on directives from Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita, the kashrus of the Jerusalem Religious Council should not be relied upon. Therefore Rabbi Bloom informed Rabbi Avrohom Rubinstein, secretary of Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah, that the entire Yarchei Kallah would be under the kashrus supervision of the Kehal Adas Yeshurun of Washington Heights (Breuer).

Gedolei Torah and prominent roshei yeshivos are scheduled to give shiurim during the course of the Yarchei Kallah, which ends on Thursday.


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