Rabbi Sholom Ber Sorotzkin, Rosh Yeshiva of the Ateres Shlomo yeshiva network, couldn’t contain his excitement after testing Bochurim of Tomchei Temimim Vienna, Austria on the entire Maseches Avodah Zarah.
By Anash.org reporter
A special guest visited Tomchei Temimim Vienna’s Yeshivas Kayitz: the head of the “Ateres Shlomo” network of Torah institutions, Rabbi Sholom Ber Sorotzkin.
The Bochurim of Tomchei Temimim Vienna, Austria, led by Rabbi Chaim Fieldsteel, recently finished a special summer program held at the beautiful facilities of Chabad of Milan, Italy. They spent day and night learning Torah, reaching a comprehensive mastery of the entire Maseches Avodah Zarah.
For a lengthy hour, Rabbi Sorotzkin spoke with the Talmidim in learning. He began with a shiur on the masechta, then moved on to testing the Bochurim orally. Marei Mekomos flew swiftly, going from the sugya of business on gentile holidays to the sugya of Bitul Avodah Zarah, and back again.
At the end of the test, Rabbi Sorotzkin expressed his immense admiration for their knowledge of the mesachta, especially in light of the fact that some of the Bochurim are Ukraine’s war refugees.
Ashreichem Yisrael! Ashreichem Shezachitem! Such special Bochrim,” Rabbi Sorotzkin exclaimed with great excitement. “I can tell you, I’ve had tens of thousands of young men passing by me over the years, but to see Bochrim who are knowledgeable in an entire Masechet at such a young age, and in such circumstances of being ‘Meorchei HaMilchamah’, finishing Masechet Avodah Zarah specifically in Italy – Ashreichem Yisrael. To see the Yiras Shomayim, to see the Torah, on their face – Ashreichem Shezachitem!”