Zohar Yomi Has Begun
Last night was the Siyum HaShas and start of Zohar Yomi hosted(primarily) by Yeshivat HaMekubalim Nahar Shalom. It was quite a packed house, which is impressive for such a large hall. I arrived early(about 15-20mins) and most of the seats were already taken. Fortunately being one of the Avreichim of the Yeshiva I was fortunate to have a reserved place.
The Rabbinic line up that showed up was quite impressive indeed. Aside from the Rabbanim of Nahar Shalom, there was Rav Shlomo Amar, Rav Yaakov Shikznazi(Av Beit Din of the Eidah HaHareidit Sephardit), Rav Yaakov Hillel, Rav Hedayya, Rav Hollander, Rav David HaKohen, Rav Moshe Tzedaka and about 6 or 7 Chassidic Admurim and Ashkenazi Roshei Yeshivot, who I don’t know by sight and whose names I couldn’t hear clearly over the ubiquitous blaring music. Rav Ovadia was slated to be there, but his health prevented his actual attendance, though he did make an appearance via video link.
Onto the actual Zohar HaYomi initiative. The first three pamphlets for the first three months were distributed to all who were in attendance last night. They are set up so that you are learning about half an Amud of the Zohar each day. The Aramaic is in large bold letters, followed by an illuminated Hebrew translation. Then on the bottom margin there are more in depth explanatory notes of key points in the text.
The idea is so that the reader will have a basic understanding of what is happening on the daf. It is by no means going to make a person a Zohar scholar, but it is set up for a very quick bekiut of the text with a basic understanding. While being able to read it rather quickly. Over all it was quite a night with almost non-stop divrei Torah from the various Rabbanim gathered there. Personally my favorite moment was when Rav Shalom Shmueli, Rosh Yeshiva of Nahar Shalom and successor to Rav Mordekhai Sharabi finished the Daf and recited Kaddish.