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11 Teves 5766 - January 11, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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European Yarchei Kalloh in Bournemouth

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The 34th European Yarchei Kalloh held at the Normandie Hotel in Bournemouth closed on Monday 2 Teves-January 2, after a rousing appeal by the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Boruch Dov Povarsky, rosh yeshivas Ponovezh, for an ever increasing level of limud haTorah among the chareidi communities throughout the world.

"Yarchei Kalloh is an enormous achievement," he said, "but it is not an aim in itself. It should give impetus to its participants to spend more of their time during the year in limud and harbotzas haTorah."

The Normandie Hotel was packed throughout the week-long proceedings. The shiurim were extremely well attended, and the lights in the large beth hamedrash were rarely extinguished during the week-long study program.

The participants were greeted at the opening session on the first day of Chanukah by Mr. Eli Rosengarten of Switzerland. Divrei brochoh were expressed by Dayan Dovid Grynhaus of the Union Beth Din, who also gave an early morning Daf Hayomi Shiur, Rabbi Dovid Heller of Lugano and New York who gave a late night Halocho shiur, Rabbi Boruch Pinnes of Bnei Brak who gave a daily Blat shiur, and finally by the Rosh Yeshiva, HaRav Boruch Dov Povarsky.

All speakers praised the participants for setting aside the entire Chanukah week for limud haTorah.

The guest speaker Rabbi YM Rosenbaum, the Gerrer Rosh Yeshiva, addressed the gathering after Kabbolas Shabbos and during Melave DeMalke.

At the midday Shabbos seuda, the speaker was Rabbi Aryeh Dunner of Bnei Brak who also gave a popular daily Daf shiur.

Among the highlights of the Yarchei Kalloh week was the hadlokas neiros Chanukah in the hotel succah which was followed by lively dancing.

At the Neilah of Yarchei Kalloh, Reb Isy Wilk of Antwerp, who had attended all previous 33 Yarchei Kallohs — the earlier ones in Lugano, Switzerland, and the last 18 in Bournemouth — spoke on behalf of the participants and expressed profound thanks to the Rosh Yeshiva and maggidei shiurim, as well as to the main organizer of the event Mr. Michoel Lobenstein, and to Mr. Yanki Schonberg for his untiring assistance.

In his concluding remarks the Rosh Yeshiva paid tribute to Mr. Alex Lewenstein, the founder of the European Yarchei Kalloh who, due to ill health, was regretfully unable to attend.

The Rosh Yeshiva also announced that next year's Yarchei Kalloh will iy"h be learning the sugyos of Tzitzis and Tefillin in maseches Menochos, and the Halochoh Shiur will be learning Hilchos Chol Hamoed.


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