As part of his visit in Moscow, Tzfas Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu visited the Yeshiva Gedola – Tomchei Temimim in Moscow and spoke with the bochurim who are learning there.
Rabbi Eliyahu met with the bochurim who are learning the masechta of Bava basra, and later tested the bochurim who are studying for Semicha, learning the laws of Basar V’chalav.
The Rabbi then discussed with them the laws of Kashrus, and the various questions that have come to him over the years. Rabbi Eliyahu was very impressed with their knowledge on the subject, and praised the way of learning in the Yeshiva, where they discuss together different halachos and sources to resolve current day Kashrus problems that may arise.
Rabbi Eliyahu said he will be returning to Tzfas and he will relate to Beit Yosef that “in Russia they are learning your sefer with great success.”
Later, Rabbi Eliyhau gave a Shiur on Hilchos Shabbos, nothing that the day of their meeting, the 15th of Adar, is the anniversary of Stalin’s death. “Stalin wanted to uproot Torah study, and here today after many years we are seeing how the students in the Yeshiva are sitting and toiling in learning Torah,” Rabbi Eliyahu said.
The bochurim thanked the Chief Rabbi for his visit, and the founder of the Yeshiva Gedola, Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar. They also thanked the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Menachem Mendel Goldberg, for his tremendous encouragement and spiritual support, and Rabbi Dovid Rosenzweig, who taught the classes in halacha.