A project of the Agudah’s Torah Projects Commission, the Yarchei Kallah has grown exponentially since its inception in 2001, to a five day event attended by more than ten times the number of participants
After the pre-opening day in Bnei Brak where more than 200 Yarchei Kallah attendees basked in the presence of Rav Chaim Kanievsky while hearing divrei bracha and chizuk from Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein and Rav Eliyahu Mann, the learning began in earnest Monday morning. The newly enlarged Yarchei Kallah Beis Medrash saw men of all ages plunging into the depths of Maseches Sukkah.
After a morning of hachana and limud b’chavrusa on Monday, Rav Pinchos Friedman, Rosh Hakollelim, Belz, delivered a shiur. Rav Asher Weiss, Av Beis Din, Darchei Hora’ah and Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva Darchei Torah, discussed hiddur mitzvah and the incredible power of tefilla. While many stayed in the Beis Medrash until late into the night, others took advantage of an opportunity to take busses to visit Kever Rochel.
The learning began on Tuesday morning with 6:30 AM Daf Yomi and nearly three hours of limud b’chavrusa. Rav Dovid Cohen, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Chevron, gave shiur in Yiddish on the concepts of the arba minim and spoke about Rav Moshe Shapiro zt’l whose shiva had just been completed. A parallel English shiur given by Rav Yosef Elefant, R’M Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim discussed the halachos of ownership of a lulav and esrog. An afternoon shiur by HaRav Nisan Kaplan, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim, explored whether someone who took lulav and esrog outside the Old City would need to do so again to fulfill the chiyuv d’oraysa of daled minim and Rav Tzvi Kushelefsky, Rosh HaYeshiva, Heichal HaTorah, discussed the sedra of the week, Parshas Shemos. Tuesday drew to a close with a video presentation on the source of the mesorah of esrogim by Rabbi Yechiel Goldhaber, author of Sefer Minhagei Hakehilos.
After Wednesday morning’s Daf Yomi and limud b’chavrusa, the first shiur was given in Yiddish by Rav Berel Povarsky, Rosh Yeshiva, Ponovez, on the concept of bal tosif with a parallel English shiur by Rav Yaakov Friedman, Rosh HaYeshiva, Birchas Mordechai, on the applicable laws of a lulav that is assur b’hanaah. A video presentation by HaRav Avi Wiesenfeld, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Gevuras Yitzchok, offered insight into the arba minim. Rav Yehoshua Eichenstein, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yad Aron, shared remembrances of Rav Moshe Shapiro zt’l, detailing the growth of the mussar movement in today’s world and Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim, spoke about the concept of gratitude.
Thursday morning, when Rav Zilberstein presented several intriguing scenarios that can arise when taking lulav and esrog as well as other interesting topics. Participants were mesmerized by Rav Zilberstein, with many animatedly discussing the many different halachic aspects of the matters at hand. Rav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Ateres Yisroel, speaking about beautifying the mitzvah of luluv and esrog, and Rav Shrage Kallus, Rav, K’hal Imri Pi, Ramat Shlomo and Rosh Kollel Machon L’Horaah L’Rabbonim, sharing divrei halacha for the English track.
Afternoon shiurim in halacha and iyun were given respectively by HaRav Yaakov Avrohom Cohen, Chaver Beis Din of HaRav Nissim Karelitz, and Rav, Ramat HaTzafon, Yerushalayim, and Rav Chaim Tzvi Senter, Rosh HaYeshiva of Aderes Torah, Yerushalayim, discussing yom tov sheini shel galuyos. The final two speakers of the program were HaRav Chaim Aryeh Chodosh, Rosh HaYeshiva, Ohr Elchonon, speaking about his father Rav Moshe Chodosh zt’l, who addressed the Yarchei Kallah numerous times, and HaRav Avraham Chaim Feuer, Rosh Yeshiva Mesoras Mordechai, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Rav, B’Khal Chasidim, Sha’arei Chesed, Yerushalayim, elaborating on the mesorah of Klal Yisroel through the lens of Rav Yochanan ben Zakai, Rav Yonasan ben Uziel, Abaya, Rava, and others.
More than 100 women enjoyed touring mekomos hakedoshim. Additionally, shiurim were given by Rabbanit Yemima Mizrachi, Rebbetzin Rina Tarshish and Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller.
Divrei Halacha: HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein, Rosh Kollel, Bais Dovid, Cholon and Rav, Ramat Elchanan, Bnei Brak
Shiur Iyun: HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, Rosh Hayeshiva, Yeshiva Ateres Yisroel, Yerushalayim
Shiur Halacha, English: HaRav Shrage Kallus, Rav, Khal Imrei Pi, Ramat Shlomo and Rosh Kollel, Machon L’Horaah L’Rabbonim
Divrei Machshava: HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, Rosh Hayeshiva, Yeshiva Ateres Yisroel, Yerushalayim
Shiur Halacha: HaRav Yaakov Avrohom Cohen, Chaver Beis Din of Harav Nissim Karelitz and Rav, Ramat HaTzafon, Yerushalayim
Shiur Iyun, English: HaRav Chaim Tzvi Senter, Rosh Hayeshiva, Aderes HaTorah, Yerushalyim
Divrei Zikaron, HaRav Moshe Chodosh, ztz”l delivered by HaRav Chaim Aryeh Chodosh, Rosh HaYeshiva, Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon
Divrei Neila: HaRav Avrohom Chaim Feuer, Rosh Yeshiva Mesoras Mordechai, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Rav, B’Khal Chasidim, Sha’arei Chesed, Yerushalayim