The first yahrzeit of Oholei Torah Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yisroel Friedman will be marked with by concluding both Torah Shebichsav and Torah Sheba’al Peh – a Siyum Sefer Torah and a Siyum Hashas.
By Anash.org reporter
The first yahrzeit of Oholei Torah Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yisroel Friedman will be marked with a double siyum, concluding both Torah Shebichsav and Torah Sheba’al Peh as befitting a talmid chochom and teacher of his stature.
Reb Yisroel Friedman served as the Rosh Yeshiva of Oholei Torah in Crown Heights for over fifty years, educating generations of students. He was renowned not only for his wide-ranging knowledge and deep shiurim, but also for his incredible love of Torah, and for being the personification of a “chassidishe rosh yeshiva.”
His passing on Zayin Nissan, 5780, left thousands of his students around the world in mourning. In his yeshiva as well, his presence was, and continues to be sorely missed.
As his first yahrzeit approaches, a double siyum is being planned, concluding both Torah Shebichsav – a Siyum Sefer Torah, and Torah Sheba’al Peh – Siyum Hashas.
The double siyum will take place on Monday, Beis Nissan, ahead of Reb Yisroel’s first yahrzeit. It will begin with a writing of the final letters in the Torah in 770, near the Rebbe’s room, where Reb Yisroel davened on Shabbos and Yom Tov since Gimmel Tammuz.
The Siyum will be followed by dancing and a parade to Oholei Torah, where the hachnasos Sefer Torah and hakafos will take place, with the participation of the yeshiva.
Following the Siyum Sefer Torah, a seudas mitzvah will be held, together with a Siyum Hashas. The Shas will be concluded by Rabbi Yitzchok Raitport, a dear friend of Reb Yisroel and a strong supporter of Oholei Torah.
The double siyum will also be in memory of Reb Yisroel’s wife, Mrs. Liba Friedman.