A great Mazel Tov to father and son, Mark and 11 year old Dov Gothelf, on their recent Siyum HaShas (completion of the Babylonian Talmud), a monumental accomplishment!
Family, friends, rebbeim and classmates joined in person and via zoom to participate in this wonderful simcha this past Sunday at Congregation Ohr HaTorah. Mark opened the program, thanking Dov for being the impetus for their completing Shas. Beginning when Dov was just two and learning for nine years, what most men dream of has become a reality for father and son.
How does a two year old know how to learn, you may ask. He doesn’t, but with a love of Torah and a desire, he can learn how to learn if he has the ability. And Dov does. Mark commented on Dov’s determination, how he wants to always learn more and delve deeper. Dov was even doubtful if they should make the siyum, fearful that there were some parts he may not have mastered.
Joining by phone from Monsey, NY, was Rabbi Dovid Ribiat, the family’s Rav of many years. Author of The 39 Melachos and The Halachos of Yichud, Rabbi Ribiat praised the accomplishment. Rabbi Avraham Chaim Feuer, son-in-law of the great Telshe Rosh HaYeshivah, Rav Mordechai Gifter, zt”l, and author of many ArtScroll seforim, joining by phone from Lakewood, NJ, was equally effusive in his praise. He implored those who gathered to daven for their needs as a siyum is so great that all of the Rabbis mentioned in the Gemara were there with us at that momentous occasion. Congregation Ohr HaTorah’s Rabbi Aryeh Feigenbaum highlighted Dov’s love of Torah, while Rabbi Yerachmiel Fried, Rosh HaKollel of DATA, spoke about what the participants can learn from this amazing accomplishment, namely love of Torah can enable one to accomplish great things in learning.
The siyum was dedicated to Dr. Bernard (Dov) Gothelf, of blessed memory, Mark’s father, after whom Dov is named. Mrs. Judy Gotlhelf was in attendance at the siyum and we wish her much nachas and a big mazel tov, as well as Michelle and the rest of the family.