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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

(Courtesy of Dirshu) The city of Pinsk in Belarus may seem a very unlikely place for a siyum haShas, but quietly out of the spotlight, a beautiful Torah community has sprouted forth from the ruins of Communism, and limud haTorah is thriving in Pinsk.

A lot of the credit goes to Rav Moshe Fhima, Rosh Yeshiva of the Pinsk Yeshiva and its associated mosdos. Over the past decade, Rav Fhima has rekindled the pintele Yid, the light of Yiddishkeit in the hearts of thousands of Jews in Pinsk and its environs. He has built a yeshiva high school with an excellent Jewish and secular curriculum; he has built a cheder for boys and girls which has attracted students from throughout Eastern Europe and has, in general, transformed the community and the region, not only making them observant but making Torah learning paramount in its ethos.

Because of Rav Fhima, the members of the yeshiva and its alumni are very devoted to limud haTorah. One of the ways that Rav Fhima has accomplished this revolution is by connecting his community with Dirshu. Many of his bochurim and alumni participate in Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program as well as the Kinyan Torah program, Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi Gemara testing program.

As the siyum approaches, Dirshu’s hanhala plans to both celebrate the Torah accomplishments of the Pinsk kehillah while encouraging even more young people to join the Daf HaYomi with the start of Masechta Brachos in the month of Teves.

The hanhala of Dirshu has organized a large siyum in Pinsk that will be graced by Rav Yehoshua Mishkovsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Imrei Moshe of Yerushalayim. Yeshivas Imrei Moshe was opened at the behest of Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, zt”l, and is part of the network of Yeshiva Orchos Torah, the network of Yeshivos established by Rav Shteinman. Rav Yehoshua Mishkovsky is a son of Rav Chizkiyahu Mishkovsky, Mashgiach of Yeshiva Orchos Torah.

Rav Mishkovsky will spend two days with the kehillah in Pinsk.

The Pinsk kehillah is waiting with great anticipation for the siyum and chizuk that Rav Mishkovsky will bring to the community as they join Klal Yisroel in the Dirshu World Siyum.