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Demonstration Of Torah And Yiras Shamayim In London
Dozens of students learned the entire Maseches, one of the longest in Shas, by heart.  

This past month, the students of Tomchei Tmimim of London completed Maseches Bava Basra and celebrated a siyum in the magnificent auditorium in Golders Green, London. In addition, dozens of students learned the entire Maseches, one of the longest in Shas, by heart.

The Tmimim, who had worked on this maseches all year, joyfully attended the evening’s program and celebration. Their parents, maggidei shiur, mashpiim, rosh yeshiva Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Hertz, as well as other rabbanim and gedolei Torah, such as the Rebbe of Sassov and Rabbi Elchonon Halperin, were in attendance.

The yeshiva’s mashpia, Rabbi Mendel Gordon, emceed the event. He described the learning program as well as the boys’ diligence. He emphasized that although learning such a long masechta requires a tremendous amount of time, the boys did not neglect their other studies. On the contrary, their study of nigleh actually gave them a greater chayus in their study of Chassidus, and vice versa.

The talmidim were tested on the maseches by outstanding talmidei chachomim such as Rabbi Halperin, gaon and distinguished philanthropist Rabbi Shlomo Frishwasser, the rosh yeshiva of Chayei Olam, and dayan Rabbi Yitzchok Berger, who all expressed their amazement at the boys’ wide-ranging knowledge and depth of understanding. The rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Hertz, mentioned, to their credit, the students’ heavy learning schedule as well as their work in summer camps and mivtzaim.

Hundreds of local residents of Golders Green attended the event. A memorial was held the same evening for the Bobover Rebbe, zt’l, yet hundreds made the effort to participate in the siyum. Rabbi Halperin noted the varied affiliations of the people in attendance, which demonstrated each groups’ ahavas Yisroel. The Rebbe of Sassov spoke about the necessity of combining Torah study with yiras Shamayim, which he said was readily apparent on the Tmimim’s faces.

The guest of honor was Rabbi Dovid Moshe Lieberman, rav in Antwerp. He said that he had previously attended the siyum the Tmimim had made on maseches Shabbos, the second largest masechta in Shas. Now he was participating in the siyum of the largest maseches in Shas. He expressed his hope that the next time he would participate in the siyum of all of Shas! (Incidentally, next year, Chabad yeshivos will be learning K’subos, which is known as the “little Shas.”)

All in all, the evening was a kiddush sheim Shamayim, kavod Lubavitch, and kavod to the Rebbe MH”M.



The dais
(from left to right): Rabbi Y.Y. Stroks, Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Rabbi M.M. Gordon, Rabbi Chaim Halperin,
Rabbi Feivish Vogel, Rabbi Elchonon Halperin, the Rebbe of Sassov, Rabbi Y.M. Hertz, Rabbi Dovid M. Lieberman,
Rabbi Nachman Sudak, Rabbi L.Y. Raskin


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