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25 Teves 5766 - January 25, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Jerusalem's Department for Torah Culture Launches Series of Evening Workshops

by Betzalel Kahn

The City of Jerusalem is launching a new project called Bimat Hasefer HaTorani, in which the Department for Torah Culture will sponsor evening workshops and discussion groups revolving around various Torah books.

In addition to offering encouragement to the authors and editors of modern works as well as publishers of works by the Rishonim, the aim of the events is to enrich participants' Torah knowledge through fascinating lectures and the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the authors and the figures behind the books and to pose questions.

Jerusalem Mayor Rabbi Uri Lupoliansky says the new project joins the Jerusalem Prize for Torah Literature as another building block in the City of Jerusalem's promotion of Torah literature. "Bimat Hasefer HaTorani will raise the banner of omol haTorah and putting chiddushim into writing, and will allow the general public a rare opportunity to be a part of the process of Torah creation," he said.

The first evening was dedicated to an examination of the teachings of HaRav Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg, author of Sridei Eish, on the occasion of his 40th yahrtzeit and the publication of new, high-quality editions of his works: Sridei Eish (responsa), a book of chiddushim on the Shas and Leprakim (Mussar).

The evening is scheduled to take place on motzei Shabbos Parshas Bo at the City of Jerusalem's beis knesses at Safra Square. Speakers include HaRav Yitzchok Sheiner, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Kamenitz, HaRav S. Chaim Domb, a dayan at Beis Din Momonos Yerushalayim, and HaRav Avrohom Abba Weingurt, a talmid muvhok of the Sridei Eish and a winner of the Jerusalem Prize for Torah Literature for his commentary, Gachalei Eish. Closing remarks will be made by Chief Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar.

Rabbi Gavriel Stauber, director of the Department for Torah Culture, says the next evening will be dedicated to works on Rashi to mark the 900th anniversary of his histalkus. A special planning committee has issued a call to the general public to submit ideas for subsequent evenings.

Bimat Hasefer HaTorani is funded through the annual budget the City submitted at the beginning of the month. Mayor Rabbi Lupoliansky issued instructions to provide the Department for Torah Culture a substantial budget increase to encourage the department's activities and to expand library book collections in chareidi neighborhoods.


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