“It is a Mitzvah to Bring Shas Yiden Avreichim to Every Yeshiva so that
every bochur can see that he can become a Shas Yid”
– Chevron Rosh Yeshiva
Recently, there was an amazing sight at Yeshiva Daas Aharon in Har Nof, Yerushalayim. 42 avreichin geonim of Shas Yiden, surrounded on three sides by all the talmidim of the yeshiva. They sat facing the two Roshei Yeshiva – Maranan Hagaonim shlit”a, Harav Nissan Kaplan and Harav Rephael Shmulewitz – who conducted a detailed farher with questions from all over the entire Shas! The talmidim sat spellbound, witnessing an incredible back and forth from the avreichim who know every line and discussion of the Talmud.
Reaction of the Gedolim
Maran Hagaon Harav Gershon Edelstein, shlit”a, Rosh Yeshiva, Ponevez, was effusive in his praise: “Ashrei ayin roassoh zos – Joyous are the eyes that witness such a phenomenon as Shas Yiden.” And the reaction of Maran Hagaon Harav David Cohen, shlit”a, Rosh Yeshiva, Chevron, declared: “It’s a mitzvah for every yeshiva to bring a group of the Shas Yiden avreichim geonim that every bochur can see first-hand that he can become a Shas Yid.”
Each avreich is a “Living Shas”!
The Roshei Yeshiva felt that this would be a unique opportunity for such scholars to inspire their talmidim to see just what can be achieved in Torah learning. “Our bochrim had a chance to see 42 ‘Living Shasim’ in action,” said Rav Kaplan after the farher. “Heim sholtim b’Shas!” (They have mastered Shas.) During the course of a year, each avreich gaon completes a minimum of 13,555 blatt of Talmud with all the Rashi and Tosfos, and also knows Shas by heart. This was their 7th public Shas-wide farher in 10 years, aside from written tests and the annual farher by Sar Hatorah and Nasi of Shas Yiden, Maran Hagaon, Harav Chaim Kanievsky, shlit”a.
Seeing is Believing - Torah Sparks Flying
“Our talmidim know just how hard they have to work to master Gemara page by page, to review and to remember and this was their inspiration,” said Rav Kaplan. The air was electric and the enthusiastic shining faces seemed to be lit up by sparks of Torah. The constant questions, both in-depth and covering many tractates, with virtually instant responses from across the group was so intense that most dispensed with the few microphones present, jumped out of their seats and called out the answers.
To watch the live farher, please click on: https://www.shasyiden.com/farher/ and then on the latest farher.
Some of the Farher Questions
Where in Shas is Din D’Sh’ibuda D’Rabbi Nosson?
Answers: Pesachim 31a, Ketubot 19a and 82a, Baba Kama 40b
Where does it state that the fetus is yerach Imo – a part of the mother’s thigh –
Answers: Yevamot 48b, Nazir 51a, Gittin 23b, Baba Kama 78b etc
When one gives tzedakah to a poor person and then finds out that he is in fact wealthy, does one get credit (reward) for having given tzedakah?
Answers: Baba Kama 16b – no reward
The Beit Yosef says, based on the Mishnaot of Eizoh Mekoman that were chosen because they are not embedded in mochlokes, but we do find that they are shrouded in some machlokes: Pouring of shyarei hadam at the base of the south or west of the altar; differences regarding the eating of the Pesach until midnight or dawn; or if Pesach has shfica (pouring) or zrika
Where is an entire page of the Gemara found twice in Shas?
Answers: Pesachim 44 Sugya – D’Mishrat and Taam K’Ikar – Nazir 36
Where is there an amud in the Gemara that is found four times in Shas?
Answers: Concerning Dmai, Maaser rishon that had terumah taken - Brachot 47a (zimun), Shabbat 126b (tiltul), Eiruvin 31a (Eiruv); Pesachim 35b (Eating matza)