“It is a Mitzvah to Bring Shas Yiden Avreichim to Every Yeshiva so that every bochur can see that he can become a Shas Yid”
– Chevron Rosh Yeshiva
Recently, there was an amazing sight at Yeshiva Daas Aharon in Har Nof, Yerushalayim. 42 avreichin geonim of Shas Yiden, surrounded on three sides by all the talmidim of the yeshiva. They sat facing the two Roshei Yeshiva – Maranan Hagaonim shlit”a, Harav Nissan Kaplan and Harav Rephael Shmulewitz – who conducted a detailed farher with questions from all over the entire Shas! The talmidim sat spellbound, witnessing an incredible back and forth from the avreichim who know every line and discussion of the Talmud.
Reaction of the Gedolim
Maran Hagaon Harav Gershon Edelstein, shlit”a, Rosh Yeshiva, Ponevez, was effusive in his praise: “Ashrei ayin roassoh zos – Joyous are the eyes that witness such a phenomenon as Shas Yiden.” And the reaction of Maran Hagaon Harav David Cohen, shlit”a, Rosh Yeshiva, Chevron, declared: “It’s a mitzvah for every yeshiva to bring a group of the Shas Yiden avreichim geonim that every bochur can see first-hand that he can become a Shas Yid.”
Each avreich is a “Living Shas”!
The Roshei Yeshiva felt that this would be a unique opportunity for such scholars to inspire their talmidim to see just what can be achieved in Torah learning. “Our bochrim had a chance to see 42 ‘Living Shasim’ in action,” said Rav Kaplan after the farher. “Heim sholtim b’Shas!” (They have mastered Shas.) During the course of a year, each avreich gaon completes a minimum of 13,555 blatt of Talmud with all the Rashi and Tosfos, and also knows Shas by heart. This was their 7th public Shas-wide farher in 10 years, aside from written tests and the annual farher by Sar Hatorah and Nasi of Shas Yiden, Maran Hagaon, Harav Chaim Kanievsky, shlit”a.
Seeing is Believing – Torah Sparks Flying
“Our talmidim know just how hard they have to work to master Gemara page by page, to review and to remember and this was their inspiration,” said Rav Kaplan. The air was electric and the enthusiastic shining faces seemed to be lit up by sparks of Torah. The constant questions, both in-depth and covering many tractates, with virtually instant responses from across the group was so intense that most dispensed with the few microphones present, jumped out of their seats and called out the answers.
To watch the live farher, please click on: https://www.shasyiden.com/farher/ and then on the latest farher.