Struggle Group to learn Shas! Dirshu Siyum Hashas blew me away and brought me to tears , i captured a lot but will share a little , its something beyond words and inspirations, and requires u to learn a lot of Shas Dirshu style Dirshu Siyum Hashas was a real inspiration for us all and got to personally thanks the famous rav Dovid Shlita.
My favourite moment as its important to remember the yahrzeit of a figure Rav Meir Shapiro Ztl’… who has inspired me much these years, with Daf Yomi! (see below for a link & explanation). We are now 6 months from the 7th of Cheshvan, and we were going to pray for rain in Israel (Eretz Yisrael)! Every day the rain comes down for all the Jewish people in his merit with the Daf Yomi cycle, where the life giving rain is Torah, by learning the Talmud Bavli one page a day. This year will be the finishing of a 7 year cycle which i personally have tried to stay part of, and the date is Tu-Bav the coming new summer. The rain this year will bring out those special fruits that we all pray and yearn for ! We recommend this special book! about Yehuda Meir Shapiro (or Shapira), (March 3, 1887 – October 27, 1934). He was a prominent Hasidic rabbi and rosh yeshiva, also known as the Lubliner Rav. He is noted for his promotion of the Daf Yomi study program in 1923, and establishing the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva in 1930. Yehudah Meir Shapiro was born in the city of Suczawa, Austria, in the recent territory of Romania, in 1887. He was a descendant of Rabbi Pinchas Shapiro of Korets. After cheder, Rabbi Shapiro began to study with his grandfather, the Minchas Shai. Another of his early teachers was Rabbi Shulem Moshkovitz (popularly known as the Sitzutzer Rebbe. He was also a well known kabbalist). Shapiro began to get a reputation, and became known as the Illui of Shatz. From an early age, he was known as an outstanding leader and gifted speaker.
He was soon ordained by many great scholars, including Rabbi Sholom Mordechai and the Cohen of Brezhin (the Maharsham). He was appointed Rabbi of Gliniany at the age of 24, founding a yeshiva there – a pattern he would repeat in Sanok and Petrakov.
The poseik of the generation, the Maharsham of Barzen was so impressed by Rav Meir during a visit through his town, that he wrote in a letter that he made a bracha on seeing this young talmid chochom. At age 17 on Lag BaOmer, Rav Meir gave an impromtu drasha tying together the sayings of Rav Shimon bar Yochai throughout Shas, at the behest of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe.
After his marriage Rav Meir sat and learned but his fame grew far and wide. Although only 19 years old, offers for Rabbinic positions started coming his way. He steadfastly refused until at the urging of his Rebbe, Rav Yisroel Friedman of Chortkov, at the tender age of 23, he finally relented and accepted the position of Rav of Galina, a town near Lemberg. Rav Meir was a lifelong Chosid of the Chortkover Rebbe, always humbling himself before him, to his dying day. It was said that Rav Meir’s awe for his Rebbe was the true model of Chassidus.
Rav Meir was fiery leader with a brilliant mind, clear vision, and a golden tongue that helped him along. In every position he took up, he reorganized and turned ailing towns and cities into a thriving community and a Makom Torah. His main priority always was staring yeshivos and organizing Chadarim for the children to learn. This was feat he accomplished in revitalizing Galina, Sanok, Pietrikov, and finally Lublin. Along the way he spent time in the Polish Parliament and was a chief spokesman for the newly formed Agudas Yisroel.
The two achievements that will forever be tied to his name are the Daf Yomi and Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin. In 1923, at the second Knessia Gedola, Rav Meir introduced his idea of the Daf Yomi. Just imagine, he said, a Yid spends 2 weeks up on boat keeping up with Daf Yomi and after arriving in New York he can immediately join a group a Yidden holding in the same place he is! What was amazing was the quick start that it got off to. In Radin, when asked by the Chofetz Chaim, Rav Meir told him that over 150,000 people were learning Daf Yomi. The Chofetz Chaim expressed his jealousy.
The Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin was Rav Meir’s final jewel in his crown and took up every moment of his time for the last 12 or so years of his life. He dreamed of building a modern Yeshiva in Galicia for boy to sit and learn as kings. No more begging for a piece of bread or a bed to sleep in. All their needs would be provided under one roof and they would devote all their energies to Torah. On Lag Ba’Omer 1923 all of Galician Jewry had their eyes turned to the city of Lublin, where the cornerstone laying celebration took place for Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin. Tzaddikim and baalei batim swarmed upon the city to witness this historic event. The Chortkover Rebbe had the honor of laying the first stone.
Once the celebration was over there was much work to do. For the next 7 years Rav Meir Shapiro did not rest as he worked on fulfilling his dream and the dream of Klal Yisroel. At times he almost gave up on raising the enormous funds needed. In 1930, after long and exhausting fund raising trips through Europe and then to America, after 800 drashos, 600 committees formed, and 35,000 tzedoka boxes distributed, Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin became a reality. The Chanukas HaBayis was a spectacle of Kavod HaTorah for the ages.
The Yeshiva itself had a high standard with entrance requirement of knowing 200 Daf by heart. Rav Meir tended to his boys with the utmost devotion. Recent luminaries who learned there include Rav Pinchos Hirshprung and Rav Chaim Kreiswirth zt”l as well as ybc”l Rav Shmuel Vosner.
His first rabbinical posting came at the age of 23, when he was appointed Rabbi of Galina. He spent ten years in the city, in which time he established a yeshiva called Bnei Torah. Construction commenced in 1920. The Yeshiva held a Talmud Torah, a place to train rabbis, and a kitchen to feed orphaned children. It ran at a budget of over half a million marks. This Yeshivah was served as a prototype for what was later to become Chachmei Lublin.
After leaving Galina, Rabbi Shapiro began serving as Rabbi of Sanok.
His next rabbinical position was in Petrakov.
On 14 June 1931, he was appointed Rabbi of Lubin in the old synagogue of the Maharshal.
Rabbi Shapiro founded the revolutionary idea of Daf Yomi (Heb. דף יומי ”page [of the] day” or “daily folio”), a daily regimen undertaken to study the Babylonian Talmud one folio (a daf consists of both sides of the page) each day. Under this regimen, the entire Talmud is completed, one day at a time, in a cycle of seven and a half years. Rabbi Shapiro introduced his idea Sunday 19 August 1923 during the Kenesia Gedola (Great Assembly) of the first international Aguda convention in Vienna. Daf Yomi has been taken up since by thousands of Jews worldwide.
Yeshivas Chachmei Lublin
In 1932 Shapiro was approached by leaders of the Jewish Community of Łódź, who wanted to offer him the position of Chief Rabbi of Łódź. Many people wanted to appoint Rabbi Mendel Alter of Kalish, (b. 1877, Ger) the brother to the Gerrer Rebbe (and youngest son of the Sfas Emes) to this position. Rabbi Shapiro negotiated that a large part of his wage would go to pay off the debts that Chachmei Lublin was still struggling to pay off. Eventually it was decided to give it to Rabbi Shapiro. After all the protracted negotiation that went on to get Rabbi Shapiro into this position, he died three days after being appointed Chief Rabbi.
Whilst serving in Galina, Rabbi Shapiro began his involvement with Agudat Israel. He was present at its founding conference in 1912. In 1914 he was appointed head of the Education Department of Agudas Yisrael in East Galicia, becoming president in 1922 of Agudas Yisrael in Poland. He played a role in the conference in the city of Lvov, which had the purpose of launching the Aguda in Galacia, some two years after its founding in Katovitz in 5672.
At the time, he was also added as a member to the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah. Rabbi Shapiro was initially very doubtful as to whether he should become an MP for the party, but was encouraged to do so by his rebbe, the Chortkover.
Rabbi Shapiro, together with Aron Levine and Zalmen Sirtzokin, chaired the committee which as a part of the Polish Ministry for Religious Affairs, held responsibility for delegating Rabbinical positions throughout Poland. He was also part of the Vaad HaChinuch.
Beginning in 1922, Rabbi Shapiro served as a parliamentarian to the Polish Sejm. In 1928 he stepped down as a politician so that he could devote all his energies to Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva.
Rabbi Shapiro became ill with typhus in 1933 and died within a month on 27 October 1933 at the age of 46. His death was marked by popular mourning across Jewish and non-Jewish Poland. Countless newspapers across the entire political spectrum, from Orthodox toYiddishist to socialist, featured front-page biographies of Rabbi Shapiro.
Rabbi Shapiro’s remains were reinterred in Israel in 1958, under the auspices of his brother. He was reburied in Har HaMenuchot with a full ceremony. Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Levin delivered a eulogy, as did those students of his who had survived the Holocaust.
Rabbi Shapiro is widely revered throughout the Jewish world as the founder of Daf Yomi. An area of Bnei Brak called Zikron Meir was established by Yaakov Halperin in honor of Rabbi Shapiro. It is the area that hosts all the major yeshivas in Bnei Brak.
Rabbi Shapiro is primarily remembered today as a leader, the founder of Daf Yomi, and founder of Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva, he was aso considered a gaon in his lifetime. He studied Torah extensively and was a great scholar even by the high standards of the era he lived in. His two major works are Ohr HaMeir and Imrei Da’as.
- Ohr HaMeir - It was in Petrakov that he printed his book of responsa entitled Ohr HaMeir in 1926. As a work it operates on many different subjects, from philosophy to halacha.
- Imrei Daas - a compilation of Torah thoughts on Halacha and Aggada, which was lost in World War II. The book contained an approbation from The Gaon Rabbi Meir Arik of Meturnah.
- Vortelach - Rabbi Shapiro was a quick and brilliant thinker, and his numerous vortelach (short responsa) have been collected in numerous volumes, and quoted in many books.
- thanks to http://en.wikipedia.org/ for the info !