The kollel was established at the beginning of 5771 by Rabbi Avraham Zweig, shlita, in Givah B in Beitar Illit, before there were many Torah institutions in what has become a large and developing neighborhood. The kollel opened with 17 avreichim in one study track of Kinyan Shas during the afternoon seder. Today, more than 200 avreichim learn in various study tracks in branches in a number of cities.

Dorshei Tzion

Avreichim and laymen, Litvish and Chassidish, Yerushalmim, Ashkenazim, Sephardim and Yemenites—you men from across the spectrum of frum communities, sit together and learn Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi, halachah, Tanach, Mishnayos and numerous other Torah subjects, including several that are not widely studied. The learning takes place in a yeshivah-style atmosphere that pulses with enthusiasm, good spirits and camaraderie. The men all feel a great sense of fulfillment, knowing that they are learning in the place that is best suited for them.

Is this an illusion, a dream or a wish?
Actually, it’s happening every day at the Dorshei Tzion kollel network.

The Uniqueness of Dorshei Tzion and the Principles of the Learning

Initiated by the Avreichim

Each one of the frameworks was launched following an initiative of the avreichim themselves, who were seeking a place to learn what they were interested in learning. They then invested effort and energy to realize their dreams. The study tracks are varied, so that each avreich can find a framework and program that suits him, in a pleasant atmosphere and with conditions that make him most likely to succeed. The roshei kollel are there for their avreichim, and the latter are in no way secondary or inferior to the roshei kollel.

Acquisition of Torah Knowledge

“Anyone who forgets one thing from what he has learned, the passuk considers it as though he takes responsibility for it with his life.” (Avos 3:8). The Tanna Devei Eliyahu says “A person should grasp whatever he has learned in his hand [so to speak, meaning he should remember it] so that he should not be humiliated on the Day of Judgment.” There are countless other sources where Chazal speak about the importance of reviewing what one has learned, and how one must not forget. The kollel places great emphasis on this concept, and following extensive research and consultation with those with years of experience, a structured review program was designed to combine learning, review and the acquisition of tools to facilitate maximum retention of the material.

A Revival for All Parts of Torah

Together with encouraging the avreichim to learn with a triple focus—Mikra, Mishnah and Gemara, the kollel studies unique subjects and sefarim not commonly studied in yeshivos and other batei medrash, despite their importance and centrality to Torah learning. Likewise, subjects that are not applicable in our time, as they will only become applicable upon the arrival of Mashiach, are studied in a practical fashion. The emphasis is on learning for the sake of deriving the practical halachah, albeit for now, lishmah.

Fear of Hashem is Wisdom

The avreichim also have regular study sessions in sifrei mussar and avodas Hashem, such as the practical study of sefer Mesilas Yesharim. Many rabbanim, roshei yeshivah, mashgichim and renowned speakers have been invited to the kollelim to speak on these subjects.

Learning to Reach a Conclusion in Halachah

The objective of the studies is to derive the practical applications, as have been passed down through the generations from Chazal to the gedolim of each era. The bekius studies—learning to acquire a great breadth of material—are designed to help the learner acquire broad knowledge of the roots of the halachah, while the iyun, in depth study, is in order to later reach the practical ruling from the sources on the various subjects.

Professional and Reliable Financial Management

The finances of the kollel are managed separately for each learning track, and donors’ money is directed only towards the framework that they contributed to. The stipends are paid on time, with siyata diShmaya, each month, and every avreich knows ahead of time how much his stipend is. The stipend calculations and donations are all managed through special programs developed specifically for the kollel.

Integration of Laymen

Many young men who work for a large part of the day spend time learning in the kollel with other avreichim even though they do not receive stipends. The programs are suited to their needs and they integrate beautifully with the other avreichim.

Camaraderie

Beyond the learning programs, there is another unique facet to the kollel and that is the unity and camaraderie between the members. These convivial relationships are formed through the learners helping each other. The connection between the avreichim is even more remarkable when you reflect on the fact that they come from a wide spectrum of different communities. The bonds between the kollel members are also reinforced by trips and study tours that are organized on a regular basis by the kollel management.

Study Tracks

Kinyan HaShas

The central kollel in Beitar Illit ws established at the beginning of 5771 and today is the largest, most central kollel in Beitar Illit. Some 150 avreichim study in nine different programs. The driving principle behind the programs is that the style and subject needs to be suited to the avreichim’s needs, and not that the avreichim should adapt themselves to a program that they feel no connection to. The programs open with a clearly defined set of goals, and there is a system that tracks whether those goals are being met by each avreich. Toward this end, a program of incentives has been designed for each study track.

Central Branch – Beitar Illit

The central kollel in Beitar Illit ws established at the beginning of 5771 and today is the largest, most central kollel in Beitar Illit. Some 150 avreichim study in nine different programs. The driving principle behind the programs is that the style and subject needs to be suited to the avreichim’s needs, and not that the avreichim should adapt themselves to a program that they feel no connection to. The programs open with a clearly defined set of goals, and there is a system that tracks whether those goals are being met by each avreich. Toward this end, a program of incentives has been designed for each study track.

Talmud Yerushalmi Seder Zeraim

Another study track in the kollel is that of Seder Zeraim in Talmud Yerushalmi, with practical halachah, headed by Harav Mordechai Emmanuel, shlita. He has many years of experience overseeing kashrus organizations that specialize in mitzvos hateluyos ba’aretz, the mitzvos that apply in Eretz Yisrael. This study track is very challenging due to the difficulty in reconciling various versions of the matrial and a lack of prior knowledge in the study of Yerushalmi.

Middah Sheleimah

This challenging study track, headed by Harav Shimon Kitov, shlita, and Harav Yitzchak Weiss, shlita, involves avreichim that focus on a three pronged approach to Mikra, Mishnah and Gemara. It is the longest seder (about five hours), and the studies include an in depth session of Nach, Mishnayaos from Seder Taharos that includes review by heart, and an Amud Yomi of Gemara that includes Tosafos, and the main Rishonim. There are daily shiurim and weekly tests on all the material studied, along with many reviews to preserve what has been learned.

Study of Chochmas Ha’Emes

This program is comprised of an in depth shiur in sefer Otzros Chaim by the Ariza”l, while learning the fundamentals of Kabbalah for beginners, as well as a shiur in Sefer Eitz Chaim for more advanced learners. The shiur is delivered by Harav Netanel Nir, shlita.

Delving to the Root of the Halachah

Another study track, headed by Harav Netanel Nir, shlita, is the in depth study of halachah for the Rabbiniate semichah exams, which involves perusing the sources and deriving the practical halachah. Every avreich in this program will be able to reach a level that he can issue rulings on the subjects he has studied, and will fully understand the root of the halachah in every area.

Dirshu in Halachah

A program that studies Mishnah Berurah according to the Daf Hayomi b’Halachah program of the Dirshu organization takes place at the end of the morning seder, when the learners gather to hear a shiur given by Harav Ben Tzion Aryeh, shlita.

Daf Yomi

The kollel opens early each morning with a high level Daf Yomi shiur for avreichim, with the inclusion of poskim and halachic sugyos that are discussed on the daf. The shiur is delivered by Harav Binyamin Jacob, shlita.

Hands-On Shiurim for Practical Application

When the various study tracks come upon subjects that are not familiar to anyone who is not involved in that subject, an expert is invited to the kollel who is proficient in the halachos and the practical implementation, in order to introduce the field and present a full pictures of the subject and how it is implemented on a practical level. Over the years, hands-on shiurim have been delivered on subject such as shechitah, nikur, reishis hagez, processing of klaf, haza’as eizov, the halachos of eiruvin and more.

 

Additional independent study tracks in this kollel include the study of Daf Yomi with a test every day; the in depth study of midrashim in halachah and more. The kollel grows from year to year, due to the joy and fulfillment that the avreichim feel, the character and style of the learning and the dignified way the avreichim are treated.

 

The kollel’s shiurim are recorded on the Kol Halashon network and to date, hundreds of thousands of shiurim are available for listening! Furthermore, all the shiurim, summaries and essays that have been produced by the kollel will b’ezras Hashem be uploaded onto a new website that will be launched some time during 5778. For the first time, students will have the opportunity to join kollel programs through remote learning.

 

Branches

The Efrat Branch

The branch in Efrat focuses on training young avreichim for semichah and preparing for the Chief Rabbinate tests, combined with strengthening the Torah atmosphere for the children and youth of the community. The branch is headed by Harav Shlomo Yedidya Shor Cohen, shlita. This branch was also established upon the initiative of the local residents and the Ahavas Yisrael community, which supports the kollel wholeheartedly. All the avreichim in the kollel have thus far passed the Rabbinate tests.

The Meitzad Branch Aspar

The initiative to establish a kollel in this town came from the residents, who were familiar with Kollel Dorshei Tzion and the style and quality of its learning. The kollil infuses the town with spirit and helps advance its development and the absorption of new families. A new neighborhood is under construction in Meitzad, and the town is set to triple in size from 70 families to 220 families.

This branch of the kollel is very good news for a developing town in the heart of the Judean Desert. The kollel is headed by Harav Ido Tenne, shlita. The learning method is guided by Dorshei Tzion and is similar to the Kinyan Hashas seder studied by Dorshei Tzion in Beitar Illit.

Kibbutz Bachurim

This framework is for talented older bachurim from elite yeshivos who, after spending so many years in yeshivah, are seeking a refreshing framework and a different style of learning. The studies only take place during second seder, and follows an iyun format, in an effort to clarify the root of the concepts of each sugya. The group is headed by Harav Uri Holtzman, shlita.

Jerusalem Branch

The Dorshei Tzion kollel in Jerusalem deserves a place of honor in its own right. A group of eminent avreichim, the cream of the crop of the Torah world, toil in learning the sugyos of Talmud Yerushalmi, while concurrently studying the parallel masechtos in the Bavli. The unique learning seder, guided by Harav Nosson Rothman, shlita, is a rare study track and a unique opportunity for bnei aliyah seeking to acquire proficiency in Talmud Yerushalmi, and the tools to be able to learn on their own in the future.

The kollel’s shiurim are recorded on the Kol Halashon network and to date, hundreds of thousands of shiurim are available for listening! Furthermore, all the shiurim, summaries and essays that have been produced by the kollel will b’ezras Hashem be uploaded onto a new website that will be launched some time during 5778. For the first time, students will have the opportunity to join kollel programs through remote learning.

 

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