Daf Hayomi B’Halacha taking Los Angeles by Storm
“What are you learning?” was the question asked to one of the people who attend my shiur. When he replied, “Mishnah Berurah,” his friend exclaimed, “Isn’t that boring?!”
“Boring?! It is the most exciting learning that I have had in so long! Who would have ever thought that I would have the opportunity to learn hilchos eiruvin and really understand the underlying concepts?! Each day of learning Dirshu’s Daf HaYomi B’Halacha is an adventure for me!”
“This conversation,” explained Rabbi Chaim Trainer of Los Angeles, who has been giving a shiur in Los Angeles for five years, “was shared with me by one of the members of my Daf HaYomi B’Halacha shiur.”
Rabbi Trainer delivers one of three shiurim in Los Angeles. The shiurim are in addition to numerous chavrusos who are also learning Dirshu’s popular, daily Mishnah Berurah program.
The success of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha program in Los Angeles was brought into focus this past Wednesday, 20 Adar II/March 27, when Dirshu’s Nasi, Rav Dovid Hofstedter, visited Los Angeles and gave a shiur and divrei chizuk at the Chassidishe Kollel of Los Angeles. Rav Hofstedter arrived to attend the end of the shiur given by Daf HaYomi B’Halacha maggid shiur, Rav Shneur Zalman Schwartz.
A large crowd comprised of attendees of the various Daf HaYomi B’Halacha shiurim as well as chovevei Torah from the community came to hear Rav Hofstedter’s divrei chizuk which focused on cultivating a geshmak in learning and constantly seeking to grow in learning. He also highlighted the imperative not to stagnate in one’s own learning and to constantly be mechadesh.
Rabbi Trainer relates, “I think I can speak for all of the Daf HaYomi B’Halacha maggidei shiur and learners in Los Angeles when I say that over the years of learning and teaching the program, I have seen two things: first and foremost, learning these halachos has made such a difference in our daily lives. Now we possess the knowledge to actually fulfill our halachic obligations as Yidden in ways that were not previously possible. The second thing is we have gained a new geshmak in learning halachah that itself has had a transformative impact on our lives!”