Bochur in Japan Makes Siyum On Entire Mishnah Berurah


mishnah-berurahThe youngest of the three bochurim currently incarcerated in Japan celebrated a remarkable siyum this past week. Although the Japanese prison authorities are stringent concerning letting in food, they liberally allow in books and newspapers. The young bochur, finding himself in the terrifying conditions of a foreign prison where he doesn’t know the language or a soul, decided to put his long prison time to good use. Just in time for Shavuos, he finished learning the entire Mishnah Berurah.

This impressive accomplishment behind Japanese prison walls is proof that while one’s body can be broken, his spirit can uphold him even in life’s harshest ordeals.

{Yated Ne’eman-USA/ Newscenter}


  1. Your observation that a person’s SPIRIT can uphold him even in life’s harshest ideals, are the words of Rabbeinu Yona in his fourth Shaar of Shaarei Teshuva. R’ Yona also says the reverse isn’t true. A strong body cannot uphold a sick Neshama.

  2. MAZAL TOV!!!!

    WOW!!! WOW!!! WOW!!!

    It reminds me of the biography that I read about Rav Yisroel Gustman, ZT’L. That he referred to the tremendous insights and Chiddushim he was zoche to figure out during some of his worst times during the holocaust:

    “HaTorah Shelamad’ti B’Af!”

    May he certainly be zoche to be able now to learn Torah “Birchavas HaDaas” in full freedom AND there properly utilize the good conditions to learn and know Kol HaTorah Kulo!

  3. blues dance– In case you haven’t been following this story in the news for the past year, they (3 boys from, Bnai Brak) were duped into taking a package for someone, not knowing that there were drugs inside.