It is at this time of year that we realize the spiritual hakoras hatov we owe to the Chofetz Chaim, zt”l, whose works illuminate our spiritual lives every day. Dirshu’s International Yom Limud and Tefilla brings together Jews throughout the world to recite Tehillim and learn segments from the Mishnah Berurah and Sefer Chofetz Chaim. The Yom Limud and Tefilla, under the auspices of Dirshu and Acheinu, is designed to reach out with a message of achdus to all Jews.
Today is the fifth annual event; in past years, more than one million Yidden participated.
Dirshu created artfully designed booklets written by Rabbi Yechiel Spero that contain stories about the Chofetz Chaim and emphasize the lessons he taught. There is also a CD with a story of the Chofetz Chaim that will be distributed to each child. The schools will say Tehillim on behalf of Klal Yisrael and the tefillah “Acheinu Kol Bais Yisrael.”
Some schools will be holding school-wide assemblies, and in others, each Rebbi will give the material out to his students and teach about the yahrtzeit, followed by tefillos.
In addition, a special tefillah gathering will be held at vasikin at the Kosel Hamaaravi.
The effort to encourage Jewish unity among the masses goes well beyond the Torah community. That undertaking is being organized by Acheinu, the kiruv arm of Dirshu. Last year, that endeavor was remarkably well received by secular Jews. In fact, this idea of the importance of Jewish unity was even picked up by the secular press.
Every thinking Jew realizes that we are living in perilous times and are in need of rachmei Shamayim. Now before the Yom Hadin is the time to unite to daven for Klal Yisrael.