Delegates of Agudas Yisroel Visit Mexico City
Leaders of Agudas Yisroel recently visited Mexico City to reaffirm and strengthen the ties the Mexican Jewish community has with Agudas Yisroel, and to launch various programs there ahead of the Siyum HaShas.
“This trip recognizes the close connection that Agudah has with the Mexican community,” said Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudas Yisroel. “We still remember with appreciation the hundreds of people from Mexico who joined us at the last Siyum HaShas.”
Mr. Eli Tussie introduced the group to his grandfather, Rav Moshe Tussie, who has opened 22 kollelim in Mexico, in addition to another 35 worldwide. Eli’s father, Chacham Mordechai Tussie, leads a local kehillah and also met with the Agudah delegates to discuss critical issues facing Mexican Jewry. Mr. Tussie has taken on the achrayus of implementing Agudah’s new learning programs in Mexico City in preparation for the Siyum HaShas. These new learning programs were greeted with enthusiasm by the Mexican rabbonim and mechanchim.
The programs established in Mexico include Chavrei HaSiyum, Masmidei HaSiyum and the Daf Yomi Chaburah Initiative.
“One of the goals of this trip,” explained Mr. Shmuel Yosef Rieder, a member of the Agudah’s Board of Trustees, “was to promote the increase of learning and k’vod Shomayim by harnessing the excitement of the upcoming Siyum. Local rabbanim have already indicated that they would like their shuls to become part of Chavrei HaSiyum, and local mosdos have already welcomed the Masmidei HaSiyum program to their institutions.”
The visitors – who included Rabbi Naftali Miller, Agudah’s National Director of Development, Rabbi Moshe Matz, Regional Director of Agudah of Florida, and Mr. Eli Rieder, Committee Member for the Siyum HaShas – witnessed Daf Yomi’s influence on Mexico everywhere they turned. There are vibrant shiurim and chavrusos learning the Daf and other limudim each day.
Rabbi Zwiebel’s message was clear: “United with Mexico City and the world, we are all Agudah achas. The banner of Torah holds us all together, and by strengthening our ties with Mexico, we hope to be mechazeik that bond.”
“More than 25 leaders of Mexican mosdot filled out forms on the spot committing to take on Agudah programs in their own organizations, like increased Daf Yomi shiurim and Chaburos, Masmidei or Chavrei HaSiyum. Im yirtzeh Hashem, there will be many more,” said Mr. Tussie. “We hope to keep sharing ideas both ways with our friends from North America, the wonderful leaders of Agudas Yisroel. With Hashem’s help, more than 500 guests from Mexico will be part of the upcoming Siyum HaShas.”