In memory of our dear colleague Mrs. Malky Weisz (Rosenberg) a”h
לעלוי נשמת מלכה בת חיים ע״ה וישראל צבי יוסף בן משה חנוך הנך ע״ה
FILLING A VOID
Twenty one years ago, HaRav Moshe Shapira zt”l had a vision. He saw that there were many distinguished talmidei chachamim, who had been magidei shiur and chashuve marbitzei Torah and had, for various reasons, lost their illustrious positions in their respective locales. He saw that these men could now ill-afford to support their large growing families and suffered degradation from losing their respected position at an advanced stage of life.
A SANCTUARY OF RESPECT AND GROWTH
Thus, Kollel Bais Medrash Taharos began. Rav Moshe Shapira took matters into his hands and created a haven where these chashuve Rabbonim could sit and learn alongside other respectfull Gedolei Torah, in an strong atmosphere that is suitable for the high standards of learning that these Rabbonim are accustomed to. In addition it gives them the possibility to provide for the families in an honorable way.
When establishing the Kollel, in memory of HaGaon HaRav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, zt”l, Rav Moshe Shapira knew the Kollel would have to be very unique in order to create an atmosphere where former magidei shiur would be mechadesh something to the Olam HaTorah. He accomplished this by turning to a Seder Mishnayos that has been forgotten by many.
SEDER TAHAROS B’IYUN
The seder that had been selected was Seder Taharos which, until this point, had been an unturned stone, described by Maran Rav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit”a as “Mes Mitzvah”.
The group of Rabbonim and magidei shiur which comprise the Kollel now had the sacred task of upholding the Seder Taharos in the Olam Hatorah.
The chabura here in Kollel is made up of 196 choshuve Geonim, who have been toiling in Torah for decades. They are brilliant and scholarly Talmidei Chachamim who learn B’Mesirus Nefesh subsisting on the bare minimum to be able to follow their dream and learn Torah.
Additionally, there is a group who learns an additional Seder of difficult Sugyos in Shas, currently they are focusing on Hilchos Ribbis.
LEARNING AND TRANSMITTING
Rav Yitzchak Errand Shlit”a, is an extraordinary Talmid Chacham fluent and knowledgeable in Shas and in all areas of Torah. Rav Errand studies in Kollel Taharos. When Rav Yitzchak’s father passed away, Rav Yitzchak turned to HaRav Elayashiv zt”l for guidance. He questioned, what specific area of Torah learning would be the most effective to learn as an illui neshamah for his father? Should he perhaps complete shas once again? Should he focus on certain specific masechtos?
Rav Elyashiv’s answer was sharp and clear; ‘You are learning in a Kollel Teharos, where you are learning Mishnayos Teharos B’Iyun, with a group of exceptional Talmidei Chachamim. There is nothing greater than that for the aliyas neshamah of your father.” Rav Elyashiv went on to explain, that when learning li’llui neshamah for any person the most fitting limud will always be Mishnayos Teharos and brought explanations from the Rambam to clarify.
At the siyum on Maseches Ohalos, each avreich in the kollel received a bound edition of his chiddushim on the masechta, personalized with his name on the cover.
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