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








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28th European Yarchei Kalloh

In a spirit continuing a practice dating back one and a half thousand years, Normandie Hotel, Boumemouth was once again the base for the annual European Yarchei Kalloh.

In ancient times, Yarchei Kalloh was the name adopted to devote the two months in the year, Adar and Elul, when chachomim gathered from all over Bovel, in the two main Yeshivos, Sura and Pumpeditha. They traveled to consult together and resolve matters that had arisen since their last meeting six months earlier and to absorb Torah from their Roshei Yeshiva.

Several features have survived in the modern day revival of Yarchei Kalloh, which uses the holiday periods for intensive Torah study.

As in the days of old a specific mesechta was selected for study, and the Rosh Yeshiva Hagaon Rav Boruch Dov Povarski gave daily shiurim analyzing the concepts studied in depth.

This was accompanied by the ever-popular daf shiurim and an interesting series examining a topic of halachah.

A feature of Yarchei Kalloh reminiscent of the days of yore, was the pesichoh, which at that time was held on Rosh Chodesh at the commencement of the Kalloh month, when the chachomim reassembled after a break of five months.

Today's pesicha has retained that special atmosphere, when chavrusos reunite and friendships that have built up over the years are renewed, emotions which are clearly visible on the faces of all participants.

The 28th European Yarchei Kalloh commenced on Sunday 26th December 1999 and concluded Sunday 2nd January 2000.

At the Pesichoh ceremony, which took place on Sunday 26th December, the speakers were Dayan Grynhaus, Rabbi Boruch Pines, and Rosh Yeshivas Yarchei Kalloh, Rabbi Boruch Dov Povarksi.

The Pesichoh ceremony was made up of two parts. The first half included words of welcome and Divrei Chizuk for the forthcoming week and the second half formed the introduction to the shiurim on the Mesechta Dekalloh.

This year's mesechta was Meseches Succoh, and the shiurei halochoh were on hilchos Yom Tov. Daf Shiurim were given by Shaarei Torah Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Gavriel Knopfler, Rabbi Boruch Pines and Rabbi Aryeh Dunner, the halochoh shiurim were given by Rabbi David Heller and Daf Yomi Shiurim by Rabbi Simche Bamberger.

Shiurim for boys were by Rabbi M. Zimmer.

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