Dozens of young Crown Heights residents were inspired at a joint Siyum Harambam organized by 4 local class shuls, where three working men shared how learning Rambam had changed how they go about their entire day.
By Anash.org reporter
Dozens of young Crown Heights married men joined together to celebrate a year of learning Torah and to hear from their friends how the learning had changed their entire routines.
The event, marking the Siyum on all the cycles of Rambam study, was organized by Tzeirei Anash, 94 Shul, 96 Shul and Beis Moshe of Crown Heights, each a ‘class shul’ for another grade.
A fully catered meal was served to honor the Siyum, held in the basement shul at the Jewish Children’s Museum. Over 175 young men from the four grades filled the room to celebrate, share, and be inspired.
Opening the event was Rabbi Achiezer Langsam, who emceed the evening in his inimitable style. The kapital of the Rebbe was read by Avi Sperlin, followed by a video presentation of an outline of the history of the Rebbe’s takanah of Rambam.
The siyum on the 42nd cycle of study and the haschala on the 43rd cycle of study was made by Rabbi Peretz Shapiro, the rabbi of the Tzeirei Anash shul, followed by a few words of his own.
The guest speaker for the evening was Rabbi Chaim Schapiro, menahel of Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim Morristown. Rabbi Schapiro delivered a warm and enthusiastic address, strongly encouraging the crowd to learn Rambam and to make other keviusin in Torah, stressing the importance for a working man to learn Torah every single day.
A special part of the evening was when three young men shared their own personal experiences with studying Rambam, and how their daily study of Torah changed their daily routine and made a noticeable effect on their lives. The three, Pinchos Gansburg, Aron Chernik, and Levi Baitelman, each shared how they were able to make Rambam and Torah study a part of their day, and encouraged others to do the same as well.
Following the official program, a chassidishe farbrengen was held with Rabbi Schapiro, with a vast majority of the crowd remaining.
The siyum and inspiring words had an immediate and recognizable effect, with many people in the crowd pledging to start learning Rambam and begin other keviusin to learn Torah.
“It was truly a special event, and there is no question that it will cause a ripple effect that will be felt for a long time,” one of the participants told Anash.org. “It was a celebration of learning Torah without any frills or thrills, that is why so many people attended and that was the message that was brought out throughout the entire event.”