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27 Teves 5764 - January 21, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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Agudas Yisroel of America's Yarchei Kalloh Opens in Jerusalem
by Betzalel Kahn

"Every Jew no matter what his circumstances must constantly reinforce his efforts in Torah, avodas hatefilloh and chinuch habayis," said HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkovitz in his opening address to the 200 participants at Agudas Yisroel of America's Yarchei Kalloh, which began last Monday afternoon at the Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem.

HaRav Lefkovitz gave his blessings to those who had gathered to strengthen themselves in Torah learning, especially in the holy city of Yerushalayim. "Although we have not yet merited the future Redemption, since Beis Hamikdosh was destroyed Hakodosh Boruch Hu has only his arbo amos shel halochoh." He also explained at length that Jews who engage in a trade must also continually grow in Torah, contemplate carefully in tefilloh and devote much attention to their children, particularly on Shabbos Kodesh, which should be entirely dedicated to chinuch habayis.

The Yarchei Kalloh opened with a festive tefillas Minchoh in the special hall the Renaissance managers set aside since the hotel's beis knesses could not accommodate the large number of participants--double last year's turnout.

Upon arriving after the long journey, participants were greeted by Agudas Yisroel of America Executive Vice President R' Shmuel Bloom, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Government R' Chaim Dovid Zwibel, Executive Vice President for Financial Matters and Administration R' Shlomo Gertzulin, the head office staff and members of the Yarchei Kalloh Committee.

After Minchoh the participants sat down right away for chavrusa learning. The sounds of Torah study filled the hotel until the participants gathered for a special shiur from the Admor of Novominsk, Rosh of Agudas Yisroel of America, who kept them spellbound with divrei Torah on the importance of holding a Yarchei Kalloh.

Onlookers were deeply impressed by the sight of rabbonim alongside businessmen, avreichim together with baalei batim and public figures joining talmidei chachomim--all sitting together to delve into Torah- learning enthusiastically.

Agudas Yisroel of America heads said many of the participants brought along a list of questions that have occupied them in their day-to-day lives and posed them to gedolei Torah and other rabbonim appearing at the Yarchei Kalloh.

At a dinner held by Yeshivas Kamenitz Monday night in honor of the Yarchei Kalloh participants, speakers included HaRav Yitzchok Sheiner, rosh yeshivas Kamenitz, HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi, one of the roshei yeshivos of Yeshivas Mir, and Rabbi Yaakov Gutterman, Modi'in Illit Council Chairman.

The four-day program includes Daf Yomi shiurim, iyun shiurim, Jewish thought, practical halochoh, chavrusa learning and divrei chizuk vehis'oreirus. Parallel shiurim are held in English for those who prefer that language.

The Yarchei Kalloh program also provides an opportunity for Agudas Yisroel members from around the US to meet. A number of happy reunions between old friends and acquaintances could be seen.

Neshei Agudas Yisroel of Eretz Yisroel organized a special program to host ladies from Neshei Agudas Yisroel of America arriving with the delegation.


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