A very special asifa for some of the Bukharian and Persian Rabbanim in Queens was held at Congregation Od Yosef Chai this past Wednesday. Some forty Rabbanim came to hear presentations about the 13th Global Siyum Hashas of Daf Yomi to take place January 1, 2020 /4 Teves 5780 at MetLife Stadium.
The program was chaired by Rabbi Ilan Meirov, Director of the Chazaq organization which inspires hundreds of public school students throughout the immigrant community. He welcomed the local Rabbanim and the special delegation that had come from the Siyum Hashas Committee of Agudas Yisroel of America; Rabbi Labish Becker, Agudah’s Executive Director, Rabbi Avrohom Nisan Perl, Director, Torah Projects Committee, Rabbi Eliyahu Simcha Bamberger, Director, Daf Yomi Commission.
The gathering was addressed by Rabbi Aharon Walkin, Rosh Yeshiva, Chazaq Beis Medrash, Beth Noson Meir, Rabbi Yitzchak Yisraeli, Chief Rabbi of the Bukharian Community in the USA and Canada, and Rabbi Noach Isaac Oelbaum, Rav, Khal Nachlas Yitzchok. They all spoke about the importance of limud haTorah and how it has transformative powers, and how it can change the world. They also discussed their tremendous relationship between the Agudah and the community and how that translated into extraordinary benefits for klal Yisroel.
A special video presentation was shown highlighting the last Siyum Hashas and the different Chavrei and Masmidei Hashas Siyum programs. Rabbi Becker and Rabbi Perl spoke of their experiences working on the Siyum and invited all the Rabbanim, their shuls, and the community as a large to participate. There was a palpable feeling of excitement, looking forward to an outstanding event. The meeting was organized by Rabbi Yaniv Meirov, Executive Director, Chazaq.
We were moved by the warm and enthusiastic reception that the Rabbanim gave us. Said Rabbi Becker, “It is incredible to see the inspirational koach of the Siyum, and its ability to galvanize Klal Yisroel with a feeling of achdus and enthusiasm. We very much look forward to working with the Bucharian and Persian communities both in the months leading up to the Siyum and helping the community grow exponentially. We look forward to completing the Shas and celebrating the 14th Siyum.”