The Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand (Yeshivah Gedolah – Melbourne) hosted a communal Kinus Torah on Sunday the tenth of Sivan (June 12, 2001). The Kinus was convened in conjunction with Shavuos, as per the Rebbe’s directive that a Kinus be held on, or immediately after, each Yom Tov.
The Kinus was coordinated and chaired by Shliach Shimon Yisroel Dubinsky, and the session began with a Sicha delivered by Shliach Menachem Mendel Begun. The Rosh Yeshivah, Rabbi Binyomin Gavriel Cohen delivered a Pilpul explaining why a father fulfills the Mitzvah of Talmud Torah through the Torah that his son learns. Rabbi Zvi Telsner (Yeshivah Centre) explained and defined the prohibition of eating immediately prior to Pesach. Rabbi Mottel Krasnjanski (Ohr Chadash – Caulfield Shul) discussed the definitions of the Melachos of Borer (selecting) and Zoreh (winnowing).
Eliyahu Rubin (Smicha student at Heichal Menachem – Machon Chaim) described how Chassidus contrasts the Mitzvos as observed before the giving of the Torah, and as observed afterwards. Rabbi Yale New (Kollel Menachem) spoke about the concept of Tosfos Shabbos. Chaim Pinczower (student at Yeshivah Gedolah) discussed the laws of Bi’ur Shvi’is (the removal of out-of-season produce of Shmittah) which is currently being learned at the Yeshivah. Finally, Osher Kluwgant (student at Mesivtah) explained the famous dispute between Rashi and Tosfos at the beginning of Masechta Pesachim.
Several students (Shliach Menachem Mendel Polter, Chaim Hillel Markovits, Shmuel Chaikin, and Menachem Aron of Mesivta) transcribed each of the Pilpulim as they were being delivered, in order to publish them in the near future.
The event featured a large and diverse crowd, who thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of subjects addressed at this year’s Kinus.