By Chaim Gold
“Some 30 gedoleiYisrael representing the cross-section of Torah Jewry are slated to journey to Radin and daven at the kever of the Chofetz Chaim on his yahrtzeitthis coming 24 Elul/September 8. The news about this special tefillah journey has been enthusiastically received by Jews across the globe! All of Klal Yisrael is in dire need of the zechus of the Chofetz Chaim and the zechus of the tefillos that will be said at his kever,” said Rabbi Ahron Gobioff, Dirshu’s American Director.
Tefillos Were Said on the Chofetz Chaim’s Behalf at The Vilna Gaon’s Kever and He Recovered
Dirshu’s unique position as the movement that is organizing this special KlalYisrael event is illustrated by a fascinating story about the Chofetz Chaim himself. Rav Moshe Yosher, in his classic biography of the Chofetz Chaim (Volume III, p.887) writes: “The Chofetz Chaim was once struck by serious illness. He called his son-in-law, Rav Menachem Mendel Zaks and his nephew, Rav Mordechai Dov Roitblatt and asked them to journey to Vilna on his behalf and daven at the kever of the Vilna Gaon. He explained, “I still have somewhat of a zechus [that tefillos should be said on my behalf at the kever of the Vilna Gaon]. I wrote a sefer explaining the Gaon’s glosses on the Toras Kohanim.” Rav Yosher continues that indeed the tefillos were effective and the Chofetz Chaim recovered and lived for several years thereafter. The Chofetz Chaim would say that he believed it was those tefillos that helped him merit living to such a ripe old age.
In recent years, Dirshu has been instrumental in spreading the learning of the Chofetz Chaim’s sefarim to unprecedented levels. With many tens of thousands learning in its Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program comprising the Chofetz Chaim’s Sefer Mishnah Berurah and the mussar component wherein the SeferChofetz Chaim on lashonhara as well as other mussarsefarim of the Chofetz Chaim are learned daily, Dirshu has been at the forefront of spreading the learning of the sefarim of the Chofetz Chaim. More importantly, Dirshu has been ensuring that multitudes of Yidden from all over the world are enhancing their spiritual lives by increased awareness ofhalacha,mussar and avodasHashem that are a byproduct of being part of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program.
“We Learn Your Torah!”
The Gemarah (Bava Metziah 85) teaches that when one of the Amoraim was ill he prostrated himself on the kever of his Rebbi pleading, “I learn your Torah!” He was healed.
Similarly, the Dirshu delegation led by numerous gedolim will go to the Chofetz Chaim’s kever and say, “Rebbi, we have come to tell you that tens of thousands of Yidden all over the world are learning your Mishnah Berurah and mussarsefarim daily. Please, in your zechus Rebbi, may KlalYisrael be saved from all gezeiros, both communal and individual and may all of us be inscribed for a new year of bracha,hatzlacha, yeshuos and refuos!”
Special tefillos will be recited on behalf of those who participate in the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program or those who have pledged to join. They are indeed, the primary individuals who have the zechus to come before the kever and say, “We learn your Torah, please save us!”
Davening by Hundreds of Thousands of Yidden from Distinguished Rabbanim to Tinokos Shel Beis Rabban
The Rabbonim in the delegation includeHaGaon HaRav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Kiryas Melech in Bnei Brak, HaGaon HaRav Shimon Baadani, shlita, Rosh Kollel Torat Chaim and a member of the Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah, HaGaon HaRav Yechiel Mechel Steinmetz, shlita, Skverer Dayan of Boro Park, HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Eliezer Stern, shlita, Rav of Western Bnei Brak and talmid muvhak of HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Wosner, zt”l, HaGaon HaRav Simcha Hakohen Kook, shlita, Chief Rabbi of Rechovot,HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Kanievsky, shlita, son of HaGaon HaRav Chaim, Kanievsky, shlita, and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Tiferes Tzion and Kiryas Melech, HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Bransdorfer, shlita, Dayan of the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Community of Beit Shemesh and a son of the senior posek, HaGaon HaRav Meir Bransdorder, zt”l, HaGaon HaRav Menachem Ernster, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of the Vizhnitzer Yeshiva and brother-in-law to the Admorim of Vizhnitz, HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Shmuel Shechter, Sanz-Klausenberger Dayan of Netanya, HaGaon HaRav Rapahel Alkarif, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Derech Chaim, HaGaon HaRav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, shlita, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Orchos Torah and talmidmuvhak of Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Pesach Horowitz, shlita, Belzer Dayan of Ashdod and a Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Maggid Shiur, HaGaon HaRav Sariel Rosenberg, shlita, Av Beis Din at the Beis Din Tzedek of Bnei Brak and a Daf HaYomi B’Halacha Maggid Shiur, HaGaon HaRav Dovid Shlomo Zoldan, shlita, Dayan and Rosh Hakollelim of Seret-Vizhnitz, Haifa, HaGaon HaRav Shimon Galaei, shlita, Rav of Osem and Dayan in Bnei Brak, HaGaon HaRav Aryeh Dinkel, shlita, Rav of the Bayit U’Menucha neighborhood of Beit Shemesh, HaGaon HaRav Zishe Horowitz,shlita, Rav of Kehillas Hachassidm of Elad, HaGaon HaRav Boruch Yehuda Heimlech, shlita, Dayan in the Eidah Hachareidis and Toldos Aharon Community, HaGaon HaRav Binyomin Eckstein, shlita, Belzer Dayan in London.
In addition, Mosdos hachinuch all over the worldfrom yeshivos, chadarim and Bais Yaakovs have undertaken to recite special tefillos with heartfelt recitation of Tehillimjoining the hundreds of thousands of Jews who will be coming together in tefillah on the yahrtzeit. Whether located in Eretz Yisrael, North America, Europe, and even Australia and South Africa, numerous yeshivos and chadarim will all join KlalYisraelon the Chofetz Chaim’s yahrtzeitin storming the heavens with tefillos withan unprecedented koachharabbim in the zechus of the Chofetz Chaim
Now is The Time to Join Klal Yisrael in Torah and Tefillah on the Chofetz Chaim’s Yahrtzeit
Dirshu is distributing hundreds of thousands of copies of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learning text for 24 Elul, the day of the yahrtzeit and KlalYisrael-even those who have not yet joined Daf HaYomi B’Halacha are enthusiastically undertaking to learn that day’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha learning-the beginning of Chapter 37 in hilchostefillinandthe daily learning of the SeferChofetzChaim and to recite two chapters of Tehillim. To receive a copy of that day’s learning together with Tehillim, please e-mail Dirshu at Dirshudaf@gmail.com.
In His Grandfather’s Footsteps
HaGaon HaRav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, shlita, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Orchos Torah and a talmid muvhak of the senior Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita, is one of the rabbanim joining the delegation. Rav Mishkovsky brings with him a rich history in this regard. He is a grandson of his namesake, Rav Chizkiyanu Yosef Mishkovsky, zt”l, the Rav of Krinik who, exactly 82 years ago, at the levaya of the Chofetz Chaimgave a hesped on the Chofetz Chaim in the very same place in Radin where the delegation will meet.
Rav Mishkovsky related, “The Chofetz Chaim bequeathed many great treasures to KlalYisrael, among them were two sparkling diamonds: the Sefer Mishnah Berurah and the Sefer Chofetz Chaim. Until now there were those who made the MishnahBerurah their primary interest and others who gravitated to the SeferChofetzChaim. Dirshu is the only organization that has brought both of them together and published special editions of each sefer thereby immeasurably enhancing the learning of both. They are the ones who can truly come to the kever of the Chofetz Chaim and say, “We learn your MishnahBerurah, we learn your Chofetz Chaim, please grant a shana tova u’mesukah for all lomdei Dirshu and all of Klal Yisrael.”
To join Daf HaYomi B’Halacha or to access a shiur near you please call 888-5-Dirshu. To have your name included in the tefillos at the kever of the Chofetz Chaimor to receive a copy of the learning on the yahrtzeit of the Chofetz Chaim, please fax to 732-987-3949 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org