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27 Teves 5760 - January 5, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Hundreds Participate in Veshinantom Assembly

by Betzalel Kahn

Hundreds of yeshiva students and avreichim gathered on Chanukah in Jerusalem's Tamir Hall in an assembly sponsored by the Veshinantom organization for the encouragement of shinun and chazoro (memorizing and review) of gemora. Stipends to organization members in order to encourage the budding talmidei chachomim, were also distributed at this joyous and important event.

It was obvious to anyone looking at the hundreds in attendance, that they are bnei aliya with only one goal in life: Torah, Torah and more Torah. Both young bochurim and avreichim from all circles of Torah Jewry participated in the meeting. They are all part of chareidi Jewry's future generation of marbitzei Torah and talmidei chachomim.

The Veshinantom organization has sparked a revolution in the yeshivos and kollelim in recent years. By means of its special approach, the organization spurs young students to master hundreds and even thousands of pages of gemora on which they are tested. At each test, the student is re- examined on pages on which he was tested in the past, in addition to fifty new pages.

The recent test involved a total of some two hundred thousand pages of gemora with Rashi and Tosafos. Among the participants were students who were tested on more than a thousand pages of gemora. These studies do not interfere with the students' regular study sessions in the yeshiva, but are coordinated to suit their particular situation. Thus students generally choose to be tested on the masechta being studied in their yeshivos. The tests are held at the end of bein hazmanim in order to encourage students to use bein hazmanim for review.

The assembly was graced by many gedolei haTorah, many of whom spoke. HaRav Shmuel Deutsch, one of the roshei yeshiva of Kol Torah, said that the good name and outstanding character of so many of the participants speak for themselves.

"Without memorizing and repetition it is impossible to amass Torah knowledge," HaRav Deutsch said, adding that he can personally testify that the hundreds of students who study in the Veshinantom framework also excel in other aspects of Torah study, such as in-depth learning and understanding, as well as in their midos and conduct. "There is no doubt that every moment of the day of one who dedicates his time to studying and memorizing is filled with Torah," he said.

Additional speeches were delivered by HaRav Moshe Sternbuch, HaRav Moshe Halberstam, HaRav Yaakov Hillel, HaRav Naftoli Nussbaum, and HaRav Moshe Man, representing the parents. Closing remarks were made by HaRav Shaul Alter.

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