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Supporting Torah learning is not merely giving to a good cause or doing a good deed. Rather, it is more profound. Fundamentally, the Torah is Hashem’s communication to the world – and it is His will and His wisdom. The Talmud embodies the delving into the Torah and understanding the will of Hashem as expressed in the mitzvos and all the implications and nuances.
Further, Torah is the inheritance of the entire Jewish people – men, women and children. Unfortunately, too many people do not have the time or the skills to read Torah and analyze the Talmud, let alone delve into its depths and profundities. However, our tradition allows for them to be considered as equal partners of the Torah scholar’s study by supporting their efforts.
This was epitomized by the relationship between two of Yaakov Avinu’s 12 sons (later the tribes of Israel). Zevulun, a merchant, supported his brother Yissachar, who dedicated his time to study.
The Halacha – The Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh De’ah #246 addresses the efficacy of a Yissachar-Zevulun Pact and states: It is considered as if the
one supporting the learning learned all the Torah himself. Thus, those who support the Talmidei Chachomim at Shas Yiden, merit a portion in the annual 570,000 daf of Talmud Bavli that they study – a portion both in this world and the next!
At Shas Yiden, due to the vast array of volumes of Talmud and Mishna that are being studied, there are many sponsorship opportunities to benefit from, as identified below, as well as learning on particular days.
Sponsorships are broadly divided as follows:
Occasion of a Simcha
To combine a simcha with the learning at Shas Yiden, renders it a seudas mitzvah:
Bris-milah, Kiddush, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Engagement, Wedding (Rav Tzodok Hacohen)
For a birthday – a spiritual dedication of a special day (ref. Ben Ish Chai).
To Honor a Relative or Friend
Life milestones – birthday, new addition to the family etc.
Business success – associate the ‘material’ with a ‘spiritual element’
For a Refuah Shleimah
Sadly, there are many cases of family and friends who are ill and are suffering.
Aside from reciting Psalms and prayers, it is also customary to learn Torah on their behalf.
The study of Torah elevates the neshamah (soul) of the departed, and the study of Mishna and Gemora are of specific significance.
Through Shas Yiden, the following opportunities are readily available:
- The entire Shas through one year
- Shisha Sidrei Mishna (Six Orders of the Mishna)
- Individual volumes or pages of the Talmud
- For a yahrzeit – sponsor a day of learning at all Shas Yiden centers
- Service is available for those who require kaddish to be recited during the year of mourning or on the yahrtzeit – contact Shas Yiden by email or by phone
A one-year Yissachar-Zevulun pact – entire Talmud
Every person who financially supports scholars in their study of Torah, and does so in the form of a Yissachar-Zevulun partnership, acquires an equal share of that study. It is their mitzvah for this life and beyond.
A Unique Way to Honor a Beloved One
This opportunity to become a master of the entire Shas has been a cherished way to honor family members and others as a prized possession. It has also proven to be a source of comfort for mourners to obtain such a zechus for their dear ones during the year of mourning. Through Shas Yiden, a siyum of the entire Shas can be completed on the yahrzeit of even the first year!
Impact beyond the grave
Harav Chaim, the beloved talmid of the Vilna Gaon and the legendary Rosh Yeshiva of Volozhin had a Yissachar-Zevulun pact with a local shoemaker. The man was totally unlearned but, at the same time, dearly valued Torah learning. The shoemaker made a signed and sealed Yissachar-Zevulun pact with Rav Chaim, whereby the shoemaker would support Rav Chaim and defray his living costs. At the same time, he would have a full and bona fide stake in Rav Chaim’s learning – the mitzvah and the knowledge through to the World to Come.
One day the shoemaker passed away suddenly. During the shiva period, Rav Chaim faced a perplexing halachic question and researched high and low for a solution. That night the shoemaker appeared to him in a dream and gave him the full solution that he sought. Rav Chaim was amazed and commented, “So quickly, so quickly has he acquired the zchus and knowledge of the Torah that had been studied!”
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