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The Message of Maran Sar HaTorah HaRav Kanievsky shlita for the Upcoming Yeshiva Zman

HaRav Chaim is in the center; HaRav Berel Povarsky is visible at the left; HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi is visible at the right.

I am conveying the message as I was requested by my father, verbatim as written:

In anticipation of the beginning of the zman, yeshiva students are obligated to strengthen themselves exceedingly, in arising to attend prayers in time and not to, chas vesholom, forfeit saying Krias Shema beyond the permitted time, for this is an explicit mitzvah of the Torah, one which cannot be atoned for, as is stated in the gemora Brochos at the beginning of Perek Tefillas HaShachar.

It should be known that throughout the generations, the success of a yeshiva student has been to study thoroughly what is being learned in yeshiva and to review it several times, as well as to pay full attention during the shiurim. Also to complete the entire tractates. My father has always encouraged this throughout the years.

It is also recommended that each yeshiva student study several laws of Sheviis daily without fail. This includes those laws which do not pertain to him since he is not a farmer, for in this manner we keep shmittah by learning, as expressed in `Let our lips [our prayers] stand instead of the bulls [korbonos]," as is written in the Chofetz Chaim's essay on Torah Ohr.

In this way, we will all be hastening the Geula, as Chazal said that Moshiach will come in the time after a shmittah year. The Chazon Ish commented that this means if the laws of shmittah are observed.

Thus, BE'H, by studying those laws, we will be spared all tribulations and will enjoy a good year.

It is also recommended and proper that the laws of shmittah be studied in every home, on Shabbos, as quoted from the Yalkut in the Mishnah Berurah (290): Establish large communities and address the laws of Shabbos to them publicly. He also states there further in the name of the Yerushalmi that Shabbos and festivals were purposely given so that people could be free to study Torah.

May we merit, BE"H, that no boy or girl be found who are not expert in the laws of shmittah.

May we also merit the speedy geula and the realization of "I shall command My blessing..."

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