Rav Yisroel Chaim Jankelowitz Shlit”a
“We have an unbelievable Chaburah, Boruch Hashem!” enthuses Rav Yisroel Chaim Jankelowitz. “They are a geshmake, easy going oilom and at the same time they are schtark – they are into learning – they want to learn, they want to know and they are learning a lot of sugyos.”
Rav Yisroel Chaim’s oilom are no less enthusiastic about their Rosh Kollel. “Rav Yisrael Chaim is a chad bedoro when it comes to understanding the yungeleit and their needs” says Chaburah member R’ Yossel Roberts. “and his hanhogos are like those of a godol. You can call him with shaylos at 1 AM or 2 AM and he’s still learning. His davening is mamosh an inspiration. He is a powerhouse of energy and enthusiasm and he inspires us to bring out the best of our own kochos.”
Rav Yisroel Chaim wasn’t always focused on Halocho. He completed the Yeshiva cycle in Bais Medrash Govoha and made a Chabura to learn other miktzo’os focusing at the time more on the sugya and the lomdus than on Halocho. However, he began to learn Shulchan Aruch on these miktzo’os on his own outside seder time and took farhers from Bais Medrash Govoha’s semicha bochanim. At one point he started a halocho Chabura in Bais Medrash Govoha which was the forerunner of our halocho kollel.
He has taken shimush in halocho lema’aseh from the Sheivet HaLevi’s grandson, Rav Heschel Wosner, Bais Medrash Govoha posek Rav Shmuel Meir Katz and to keep fresh he currently sits weekly with Bais Medrash Govoha posek Rav Shmuel Felder.
“Rav Yisroel Chaim is not just a Rosh Chaburah” says R’ Yossel Roberts, “he’s not just a powerful example, he’s a Rebbe”