On Monday night, a packed crowd of bochurim and anash gathered at the Lubavitch Mesivta of Kingston PA for a siyum and seudas mitzvah marking the completion of the entire Shas by mashpia Rabbi Yehudah Leib Aronson.
By Anash.org reporter
On Monday night, the Mesivta in Kingston PA hosted a celebratory seuda for the completion of the entire shas by mashpia Rabbi Yehudah Leib Aronson. A large crowd of yeshiva bochurim and local anash gathered at the Mesivta to celebrate this special milestone.
Opening the event, Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Shimon Hellinger highlighted the significance of celebrating siyumim, expressing joy for learning Torah. He also encouraged those present to set learning goals for themselves to increase motivation and a sense of accomplishment.
Rabbi Menachem Aizenman, Rosh Yeshiva of the Poconos Yeshiva, spoke about the advantage of learning all of Shas, even those areas of Torah which aren’t all relevant or the final halacha.
A special guest speaker was Rav Mordechai Dov Fine, senior rov in Scranton PA, who spoke about the specialness of a Siyum Hashas and Torah study in general. Drawing upon the first possuk of sefer Shemos, which speaks of the shvatim’s travels “with Yaakov,” he explained that Torah is what unites Yidden of all stripes. The possuk, contains an allusion to the study of Shnayim Mikra V’echad Targum, a study that is applicable to all, since it is Torah study that binds Yidden together.
Rabbi Tzvi Perlman, the Rebbe’s shliach to Kingston and the Wyoming Valley, spoke about the connection of the Siyum Hashas to the date it was being made, Chof Daled Teives, and that everyone should take the double inspiration of the accomplishment and the date of accomplishment to reach their own ambitions in Limud HaTorah.
Rabbi Yehudah Leib Aronson then made the siyum on shas and delivered a hadran explaining the conclusion of shas and the beginning. He explained how the study of Torah enables a person to overcome the challenges that come from the “night”, the hidden state of G-dliness, and give us the power to say Shema, declaring the Oneness of Hashem, even in the “night” time, bringing G-dliness into the world.
On the completion of the kaddish, the crown broke out in wishes of mazal tov and dancing in honor of the special simcha.
After bentching and maariv, the crowd sat down for an informal farbrengen in honor of Chof Daled Teves, the Alter Rebbe’s yahrtzeit lasting well into the night.
Photos: Yossi Sherman