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    Hagaon Harav Avrohom Eisen, shlit”a, the Pozna Rov, is the Morah Dasrah of the Bais Hamedrash Levush Haora-Pozna (the Pozna
    Shul) in Flatbush and the founder of the Shas Yiden Kollelim Network. Two weeks ago, Ari Hirsch from the Jewish Vues had the
    honor and privilege to meet with the Rav upstate in his bungalow in Woodbourne, to discuss many different topics including a very big
    announcement about Shas Yiden.
    Harav Avrohom Halevi Eisen, the Pozna Rov, shlit”a, had a vision to revitalize the approach and method to study Talmud Bavli.
    Furthermore, it became clear that many rabbonim who are poskim do not have Shas at their ‘fingertips’, nor know it by heart, So, in 2008
    with 25 avreichim in Bet Shemesh, he set out to tackle the difficult task of instituting the learning of the entire Talmud Bavli (Shas) in the
    course of one year. Only 6 of the avreichim were able to keep up, and continued to form the foundation of ‘Shas Yiden’ – and to be able
    to master the entire Shas by heart.


    Name: Rabbi Avrohom Halevi Eisen, the Pozna Rav
    Born in: Yerushalayim Ir Hakodesh

    Left Eretz Yisrael: Parents moved to Montreal, Canada after the Six-Day war.

    Married: in New York in 1984

    Yichus: Rav Eisen is a direct descendant of the Levush, Rav Mordechai Yoffe (1530-
    1612). His father was Rav Yakov Eisen of Montreal from a well-known family of rabbonim
    and dayanim. In Yerushalayim, the Eisen name is linked to the Old Yishuv, where Rav
    Eisen’s grandfather, Rav Shalom Eisen zt”l, was a respected posek and talmid chochom.
    Yeshivas growing up: From the Rav’s bar mitzvah to chasuna by Rav Avraham
    Yosef Rosenblum zt”l he learned at Yeshiva Shaarei Yosher. After the chasuna, his Rosh
    Yeshiva sent him to learn by Rav Shmuel Berenbaum zt”l in the Mir Yeshiva.

    Received Smicha from: Rav Avraham Yosef Rosenblum, zt”l, the Rosh Yeshiva of Shaarei Yosher

    Name of Flatbush Shul that the rav is the Morah Dasrah of: Bais Hamedrash Levush Haora – Pozna
    Shul location: 2422 Avenue I, Brooklyn, NY

    Years as the Mora D’asra at Bais Hamedrash Levush Haora: 10 years
    Number of families currently in the shul, Bais Hamedrash Levush Haora: approximately 300

    Shas Yiden began in: 2008, just beginning its fifteenth year.

    Branches of Shas Yiden:

    Five kollelim in Eretz Yisroel- Yerushalayim, Beit Shemesh, Beitar, Bnei Brak and
    Kiryat Sefer. One in London. One opening in the United States in Flatbush after Sukkos.

    Number of avreichim geonim at Shas Yiden:
    Currently, 102. When the Flatbush branch opens, there will be iy”h 112.

    Daily program of Shas Yiden:
    Iyun Shas – 1 daf b’iyun with Rishonim per a special regimen
    Shinun Shas – 4/5 daf in a chaburah in pilpul and iyun
    Chazoras Hashas – 3 daf in bekius and chazora, outside program hours
    To master the information and to know it all by heart there must be constant review. Each
    of the nine daily folios is then reviewed an average of 4 times each day – a total of 45
    daf a day and 20 on Shabbos and Yom Tov translate into 13,555 daf a year by each avreich!

    Shas Yiden Siyumim:

    The monthly test covers 2-8 masechtos, and a siyum on all the masechtos covered is
    celebrated every other Rosh Chodesh. These siyumim are attended by Gedolim, Rosh
    Yeshivas, Dayanim and Rabbanim who well appreciate the many personal sacrifices

    involved in the quest to become Shas Yiden.

    Next Siyum: Ches Kislev



    With such a lofty goal, to have avreichim
    complete the learning of Shas annually,
    there were many detractors. There is
    no yeshiva or kollel that demands this
    from their avreichim, they declared. Rav
    Eisen recalls: “people laughed behind
    my back and teased me to my face. Even
    a couple of family members said the
    following: “You are mevazeh the family
    – get off your high horse. How could
    you? How can one finish Shas in a year?
    It’s not shayach.”
    “However, the Gedolei Yisroel, the
    ones who truly know Shas through and
    through, encouraged me to persevere.

    Baruch Hashem, with His help I did
    it.” At one of the Shas Yiden siyumim,
    the Sanzer Rebbe declared: “Since the
    creation of Talmud Bavli, there has
    never existed such a Torah institution
    where all the avreichim know Shas baal

    The term Shas Yid has been used for
    centuries to describe erudite talmidei
    chachomim who mastered the entire
    Shas. Here at Shas Yiden, the cadre has
    grown to include 112 avreichim geonim!
    They are responsible to learn 45 blatt
    of gemara each day, from Sunday to

    Thursday, and 20 blatt a day on Friday
    and Shabbos—including all Rashi’s and
    Tosafos, with the aim of knowing it by
    heart. The program also requires them
    to learn on Yom Tov and erev Yom Tov.

    Simply, there are no days off the study-
    load at Shas Yiden, even for simchos.

    They have no bein hazemanim (vacation
    time – e.g. in summer)! However, they
    each receive a double stipend check for
    Tishrei and Nisan.
    In total, the avreichim geonim are each
    required to learn at least 13,555 blatt per
    year. This includes quadruple review
    of each daf. The avreichim geonim are
    farhered monthly on 225 blatt, mid-year
    on about 1300 blatt, and yearly on the
    2711 daf of Shas by gedolei Torah. At the
    most recernt farher, the examiners were
    Maranan Hagaonim Harav Yitzchak
    Shaul Kanievsky, shlit”a, (son of the late
    Sar Hatorah Maran Harav Chaim zt”l)
    and Harav Nissan Kaplan, shlit”aI, Rosh
    Yeshiva Daas Aharon.
    However, the avreichim geonim don’t
    stop with Talmud Bavli. Rav Eisen
    noted that “they keep adding more and
    more . . . They’re doing Yerushalmi and
    Rishonim on their own.

    They also learn with tremendous
    hasmodah (diligence) and focus. Rav
    Eisen recalled an avreich, one of the

    top geonim in the Bet Shemesh kollel.

    As a youngster in yeshiva, he hadn’t
    really ‘opened’ a gemara until he was
    14-years-old! And then there was
    great excitement at the Belz yeshiva
    – a gemora competition was to be
    held. Somehow, he got ‘turned on’ to
    learning and never looked back. Now,

    it was Shabbos and he was studying
    for the Shas Yiden mid-year farher,
    written and oral, on over 1300 blatt to
    be held the next day – Sunday! After
    the Shabbos day seudah, he went to
    the nearby Belzer shtiebel, sat down
    and poured over the Shas in intense
    chazora. He remained there through
    mincha, shalosh seudos and maariv.
    On motzo’ai shabbos, his wife came
    with their two kids to the shtiebel with
    wine, besamim and a candle – and he
    made Havdalah. She also brought him
    a change of clothing. She went back
    home and he stayed through the entire
    night. He only left the shtiebel just
    before 1:00 pm on Sunday when he
    went to the farher. It was only after
    the farher that he returned home to
    take a nap before he sat to complete
    his learning for that Sunday!
    Yes, the avreichim geonim waste no
    time: “If they come home and supper
    isn’t ready, it’s no problem, because
    they always have a gemara in their
    pocket.” Even when partaking in the
    yearly siyum, where there is food,
    music, and dancing like on Simchas
    Torah, the avreichim geonim can be
    spotted learning their daily gemara
    between courses.

    As can be seen from the above, much
    of the success of the Shas Yiden
    avreichim geonim is due to their wives
    – true N’shos Chayil. They share equal

    commitment to their husbands’ learning
    as they shoulder the responsibility of
    the home and the children. Not many
    families can take the daily pressure, and
    there is daily pressure, when the father
    is absent in the world of learning Torah
    constantly. The children also show
    incredible forbearance that ‘Tatty’ is not
    readily available. Even at a young age,
    they show an understanding that he is
    learning the Holy Torah.
    As a token of respect and appreciation
    of their commitment, at the annual grand
    Siyum Hashas each of these ladies is
    presented with a gift, a personal letter from
    Rav Eisen and a cash-filled envelope.

    One of Rav Eisen’s goals with Shas
    Yiden was to obtain the involvement
    and approbation of Gedolei Torah,
    particularly across Eretz Yisroel. “Since
    its inception, Gedolei Torah were invited
    to farher the Shas Yiden avreichim
    geonim and to attend the siyumim. The
    dais turned out to be a veritable Who’s
    Who of the Gedolei Torah. They each
    participated in the Torah excitement
    and were lavish in their praise of the
    prowess of the avreichim geonim.”
    Four years ago, Maran Harav Gershon
    Edelstein zt”l, spoke and declared
    ‘b’rabbim’ that “this is the real derech
    halimud.” Interestingly, gedolei
    hador have grandchildren and great
    grandchildren among the Shas Yiden
    avreichim geonim. These include: Rav
    Gershon Edelstein, zt”l, Rabbi Baruch
    Mordechai Ezrachi shlita, Sar Hatrorah,
    Maran Harav Chaim Kanievsky, zt”l,
    the Steipler Gaon, zt”l, and the Sanzer
    Rebbe, shlit”a, has a grandson in the
    London Shas Yiden Kollel.
    A few years ago, Shas Yiden had a
    bachur—a child prodigy who completed
    Shas by age 14, Harav Hagaon Yehuda
    Schwimmer, shlit”a. He was presented
    to Rav Chaim at one of the farhers
    conducted for the Shas Yiden in his
    home (an annual event). Rav Chaim
    welcomed the young man with the
    broadest smile – he had first completed
    Shas for his barmitzvah!
    Some years ago, the Dushinsky Rebbe
    asked Rav Eisen, “What in the world
    did you do that you were zoche to build

    Shas Yiden?” Rav Eisen says “I started
    thinking and the only thing I could think
    of was that I was michabeid my parents
    – a day never passed that I didn’t call my
    parents in Montreal – to this very day.”

    Rav Eisen is convinced that the brocha
    given by Rav Chaim Kanievsky zt”l,
    has brought about the Shas Yiden
    success and growth. Rav Eisen notes.
    “Rav Chaim was a very, very quiet
    person, a man of very few words. He
    had requested that I open a second
    Shas Yiden kollel in Bnei Brak, which
    I agreed to do. At that same time, I had
    been asked about opening a kollel in
    Yerushalayim. So, I asked Rav Chaim
    what he suggested. He literally jumped
    out of his seat and said, “Make another,
    and another – make 10 kollelim!” We
    are about to open our seventh kollel,
    here in Flatbush, Brooklyn.”
    Currently, there are 102 avrechim
    geonim in six Shas Yiden locations
    — Yerushalayim, Bnei Brak, Beit
    Shemesh, Beitar, Kiryat Sefer, and
    in London, UK. Now, with 10 new
    avrechim geonim, who have been
    thoroughly tested, the incredible Shas
    Yiden will number 112. A number of
    congregations are vying to have Shas
    Yiden use their Beis Medrash facilities.

    “If you want to help people as a
    Rav, it’s a real opportunity. You can’t
    imagine the stories that happen in a
    shul,” Rav Eisen says. “I have 250-
    300 mispallelim on Shabbos and Yom
    Tov. We have all kinds of people – hats,
    no hats, white shirts, pink shirts, blue
    shirts, I don’t care about that. Hashem
    also doesn’t care.”
    We are now expanding and also
    building a mikvah: “Two days before
    he passed away, Rabbi Zecharia

    Wallerstein zt”l, who had a Yissachar-
    Zevulun pact with Shas Yiden, called

    me. He davened in my shul. He said
    ‘I heard you’re expanding the shul, I
    want to ask you please, please to make
    a mikvah – a place of Tahara.” I told
    that it was in the plans. “I want to
    give you a pledge for that mikvah,” he
    said. He made a generous pledge, but
    when he understood the total cost, he
    increased his pledge five-fold.
    The response of our kehilla members
    to the needs of the shul and to tzedakah
    requests is quite remarkable – they are
    true baalei tzedakah va’chesed.”

    In Rav Eisen’s own words, “The
    biggest lesson of Shas Yiden is that
    if Avrohom Eisen, who was a regular
    guy (I wasn’t even a Rav of a shul yet)
    can start a project like Shas Yiden,
    so can anyone else. My blood is not
    redder than yours. Every person in
    this world has the koach to succeed
    in whatever he wants. In fact, the
    Rambam states that each one of us
    could be like Moshe Rabbeinu. You
    just have to have the ratzon. “Ratzon”
    in Hebrew can mean have the will, or it
    can come from the word Ratz (to run).
    When you want something, you run. If
    there was a million dollars at the end
    of the block, you’d run. Everybody
    has kochos hanefesh to accomplish
    amazing things,” said Rav Eisen.

    Special thank you to Esti Miller Esq.
    for helping to compose this article.


    If the Rav could go to any yeshiva in the history of mankind, which yeshiva
    would the Rav want to go to?
    The yeshiva that I attended – Shaarei Yosher in Boro Park – where I learned
    through to my chasunah. In Pirkei Avos it says: ‘marbeh yeshiva marbeh
    chochma’. So, there can be two meanings: Some say, the more yeshivos
    you attend, the more chochma you get, and some say, sit in one place and
    acquire more chochma.

    Going into the Yomim Noraim, what would the Rav say is the most
    inspiring part of the Yomim Noraim davening?
    Neilah. Why is Neilah the most important? The Chofetz Chaim writes
    that at Neilah, surprisingly, there is no mention of major happenings.
    It refers to something like stealing money – the main theme is really
    bein adam l’chaveiro. Yom Kippur is m’ratzeh, to bring about atonement
    for everything. However, teshuva for bein adam l’chaveiro is not simply
    ‘because I hurt your feelings and I tell Hashem, I can atone my cheit.’ No,
    no. Hashem is going to say, I can’t enable atonement for you. The person
    that you hurt needs to to do that. Hashem is saying, “It’s not my business,
    it’s your business, do something about it.”

    What is the most difficult mitzvah to perform?
    Doing mitzvos b’simcha. The Ari Hakodesh said the reason why he was
    zoche to higher madreigos was only because he did mitzvos b’simcha.
    When you do something b’simcha, you do it ‘geshmak’.

    What is a middah all of Klal Yisrael needs to work on?
    Ahavas Yisroel.

    Which bracha from Shemona Esrei, beside the first, should have the most
    Shema Koleinu. You can ask for everything in Shema Koleinu.

    If the Rav could be an expert in something, a baki, instantly, in something
    that the Rav is not right now, what would the Rav want to be a baki in?
    Kol Hatorah Kulah.

    If the Rav could be a fly on the wall & witness something in the history
    of mankind (outside of ma’amad har sinai, where we were all present)
    when & where would it be?
    If I could be a fly on the wall, I’d like to watch a Gadol B’Yisroel eating and
    interacting with his family when no one is around, or when he’s sitting
    alone. When you look at the Gadol and watch him while he’s learning, you
    see exactly his connection to Toras Hashem. When you see him eating or in
    his house with his wife and children, that’s when you really see who the
    person is and his dveikus to Hashem.

    If the Rav could have a chavrusa with anyone from the beginning of time,
    who would you want to have a half hour chavrusa with?
    Rav Chaim Kanievsky. No question.

    If the Rav could have 3 people for Friday Night Shabbos dinner – anybody
    from the beginning of time, who would they be?
    I would invite people in need in my shul. It’s not about the gadol or the
    huge kavod. It’s about doing that which brings the Shechinah into your

    What are the top 3 qualities a Rov should have?
    1.Ahavas Yisrael
    2.Ahavas Yisrael
    3.Ahavas Yisrael

    What’s the first middah someone should look for when looking for a
    shidduch/a spouse?

    What is the Rav’s favorite song to sing at the Shabbos table?
    Yismechu B’Malchuscha

    Name someone that is/was a game changer in the world of chinuch?
    Harav Shamshon Rephael Hirsch zt”l

    What would The Rav say is your most prized sefer?
    My Mesilas Yesharim.

    How would you describe the gadlus of Rav Pam zt”l?
    It is not for me to say about his Torah, but he was a true Ish Shalom.




    Does the Rav daven nusach Ashkenaz or

    Does the Rav wear techeles?

    Does the Rav wear Tzitzis tucked in or out?

    Does the Rav eat in a Sukkah on Shmini
    Only Kiddush

    Does the Rav eat only Cholov Yisrael?

    How many hours does the Rav wait between
    eating meat & dairy?
    6 hours, meaning until early in the 6th hour

    Does the Rav wear tefillin on Chol Hamoed?

    Does the Rav wear both Rashi & Rebbeinu
    Tam tefillin?
    Of course

    Do you eat fleishigs on Friday, Erev Shabbos?
    I have no problem with doing so. Davka yes
    or davka no, what’s the question? Usually, it
    doesn’t happen, but I have no problems with
    eating Fleishigs on Friday.

    How many sedarim does the Rav have when
    he goes to Eretz Yisrael for Pesach?
    For any Yom Tov, I would keep 2 days.

    Does the Rav’s family have upsherins?
    Of course

    Does the Rav’s family sing Shir Hamaalos
    before bentching?

    Does the Rav’s family visit kevorim after
    the year when someone is niftar? Like on
    a yahrzeit?
    My father was not a believer in going often
    to kevorim, but I do go to my father’s
    kever when I have the opportunity. I
    have nothing against going.

    Does the Rav have an issue with
    going to a Gadol’s kever?
    No, I also go, often to the Chazon
    Ish. I love going to Gedolei Yisroel
    both alive or not alive.

    What does the Rav use for

    What does the Rav use for
    karpas at the seder?

    Does the Rav always dip
    challah in salt?

    Does the Rav do mayim
    Of course

    All week long?
    Yes. It’s for the salt, for melach sedomis,
    because if you eat with your hands, like they
    did many years ago, that salt is dangerous
    for the eyes, so that’s the reason for mayim