The Rabbinical College of Australia and New Zealand (Yeshivah Gedolah – Melbourne) hosted a communal Kinus Torah on Sunday, the thirteenth of Sivan. 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 chaired by Shliach Yossi Lipskier, and began with a Dvar Malchus, an in-depth analysis of a Sicha regarding the prohibition against forgetting any part of Torah, delivered by Shliach Shloimy Kesselman.
Rabbi Binyomin Cohen (Rosh Yeshivah) discussed the extent of a father’s obligation to teach his son Torah, to the point that he is proficient and self-sufficient in his learning.
Rabbi Danny Mirvis (Ohr David – Mizrachi) discussed the source and the reasons for the Ashkenazi practice of performing Birchas Kohanim only on Yom-Tov and not daily.
Rabbi Mottel Krasnjanski (Ohr Chadash – Caulfield Shul) delivered an intricate Halachic discourse on the dialogue between Moshe Rabbeinu and the Jews who demanded a second chance to offer up the Korban Pesach, rooting it in an analysis of the principle of “ho’oisek b’mitzvah pattur min hamitzvah”.
Rabbi Shea Hecht discussed the custom to eat Michigs on the first day of Shavuos, and the Rama’s emphasis that the loaves of bread eaten on Shavuos be placed on the table.
Rabbi Zvi Telsner (Yeshivah Centre) discussed Eruv Tavshilin, and Rabbi Yonasan Johnson (Kollel Menachem – Lubavitch) analyzed the Alter Rebbe’s opinion regarding straining on Shabbos and Yom Tov.
The Rabbonim were followed by a number of students who spoke clearly and succinctly. Zevi Chaiton (Yeshivah-Gedolah) discussed the acquisition of “Oisios” as set forth in Masechta Bava Basra (76-77), Levi Engel (Mesivtah) spoke about the parallels between Torah and Kemach (coarse flour) as well as Soiles (fine flour), and Eitan Schachna (Yeshivah College VCE) examined the Rambam’s treatment of Maase Merkava and Maase Breishis.
The event featured a large and diverse crowd, who thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of subjects addressed at this year’s Kinus, as well as the refreshments and drinks.
Special thanks to the many Bochurim and Shluchim who helped organize the Kinus.