The twelfth annual Agudath Israel Winter Yarchei Kallah event at the Ramada Renaissance hotel in Jerusalem got off to a impressive start Wednesday as over 200 participants heard opening remarks by Reb Shlomo Gottesman and Reb Gedaliah Weinberger.
Rav Asher Weiss, Head of the Darchei Hora'ah Beit Din [Rabbinic Court] and Head of Darchei Torah Yeshiva, delivered an introductory lesson. Rav Tzvi Weissfish, Rosh Yeshivat Haran and Gabbai of Rav Ellyshaiv, lthe revered sage of the hareidi Lithuanian yeshiva world, delivered blessings.
Following evening prayers, the Flatbush participants posed for a group photo. The evening concluded with an inspirational talk by HaRav Aaron Leib Shteinman, and HaRav Yaakov Edelstein, Rav and Mara D'Atra [halakhic authority] of Ramat HaSharon.
"Yarchei Kallah" in its orignial meaning, denotes a concentrated month-long study program held twice yearly during the early fall and spring, when agricultural workers had less work to do, meant for people who do not normally have enough time during the year to study. The tradition dates back to Talmudic times when it began in the Babylonian yeshiva at Sura and was revived by Rav Shlomo Yosef Kahaneman of Ponevezh Yeshiva 50 years ago.
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