“I have seen tests on Talmud; I have seen knowledgeable scholars. However, such a gathering as this, I have never seen in my life!”
These were the emotional words of Rav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, at the gathering to affix mezuzahs on the latest kollel in Yerushalayim of the Shas Yiden Network. He just concluded the farher of the avreichim. The occasion also served to welcome the philanthropist, Mr. Chuny Herzka from Lakewood New Jersey, one of the patrons of kollel Shas Yiden.
“I wish to tell you that, never in my life, have I seen such a phenomenon. I have seen tests on Talmud; and I have seen knowledgeable scholars. However, such a sight, to see so many outstanding avreichim, being tested orally by a Gaon posing such questions, and the avreichim bursting out with the answers before he even finished posing the questions on the entire Talmud… I feel compelled to declare that I have never witnessed such a phenomenon.” This expressed the amazement an emotion of the Gaon Harav Baruch Mordechai Ezrachi, Rosh Yeshiva of Ateres Yisroel, and a member of the Moetzes Gedole iHatorah.
Also present was the Rav Dovid Cohen, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Chevron, also a member of the Moetzes Gedolei Hatorah (Council of Torah Sages). He addressed the gathering and expressed his amazement at how the Shas Yiden Network of Kollelim plays a significant role in restoring the glory of the Torah to its rightful place, and to produce Shas Yiden scholars as had been in days gone by. He offered his blessings to the founder of Shas Yiden, the Pozna Rov Harav Eisen, and also extended blessings to Mr. Herzka.
At the gathering, the very impressive Shas farher was conducted by Rav Naftoli Kopshitz, Rav of Chanichei Hayeshivos in Romema. His probing questions covered the entire Talmud.
At the conclusion of the farher, Harav Ezrachi added some questions of his own. That was when he expressed his amazement at their remarkable prowess, and followed that with words of admiration for the founder of Shas Yiden, Harav Eisen. “It is an amazing wonder, from where you had such divine inspiration to come up with this idea? And especially that I understand this is not your only kollel.” Turning to the gathering he said, “Do you realize how much spreading of the Torah is to be found here? Have we any idea how many people study Torah because of you? Do we have any idea of how much honor of Heaven emanates from these kollelim? I am filled with happiness that I have witnessed such a phenomenon.”
He then continued: “I have to express my wishes of continued strength to Harav Eisen for giving me such pleasure. It is something that I cannot even fully describe. I am sure that when I return home I will recount all the details of this amazing sight, how these avreichim are examined and are fully proficient in the entire Talmud.”
Harav Ezrachi concluded his remarks with an emotional blessing to the avreichim, “I pray that the Master of the Universe will grant you all the good of this world – health success and blessing. You are bringing about an abundance of the honor of Heaven, you cause an abundance of the knowledge of Torah in the Jewish people – you certainly deserve all the good that is stored up for the righteous.”
The Shas Yiden network is an incredible Torah project where tens of avreichim, all geniuses, au fait with the entire Talmud – every year they complete the study of every folio, a minimum of 5 times each. They follow a unique and demanding program of study and repetition. Most recently, Maran Sar Hatorah, Hagaon Hagadol Harav Chaim Kanievsky, shlit”a, accepted the honor of being the Nasi of the Shas Yiden Network. Just a year ago, he urged Harav Eisen to establish further Shas Yiden branches throughout the Holy Land.
At present, there are three Shas Yiden branches – Beit Shemesh, Bnei Brak and, now in Yerushalayim. In all one can meet tens of true gaonim, each an incredible scholar, who constantly navigate the length and entire breadth of the Talmud with all-embracing knowledge and total recall!
For further information on Shas Yiden, OR to see siyumim of Shas with Harav Chaim Kanievsky, or intensive live farheren (oral tests) on the entire Talmud, OR comments of the leading talmidei chachomim of Eretz Yisroel OR to donate, please click on www.shasyiden.com or call 718-702-1528, 1274 49th Street, Suite 562, Brooklyn, NY 11219.