The Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh (Rabbi Chaim ibn Attar 1696-1743) came to the Holy Land in 1740 with a vision of establishing a yeshiva in Yerushalayim – Heichal Ha’ahava (Sanctuary of the Love of Hashem) – with full 24-hours learning. Unfortunately, due to a plague he had to delay moving to Yerushalayim until just a year before he died. However, he succeeded in opening this wonderful yeshiva. Several years earlier, the Ramchal (Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto 1707-1746) also opened such a yeshiva in Padua, Italy, before he, too, left to settle in Acco in Eretz Yisroel. Some 80 years later, Hagaon, Harav Chaim Volozhiner, (1749-1821) the famous talmid of the Gaon of Vilna and head of the Volozhin Yeshiva, came up with the same idea regarding the learning of Torah.
Torah is supposed to be studied day and night – a covenant with Hashem that ensures the continued existence of the world. In their respective generations, the Ramchal, the Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh and Reb Chaim Volozhiner, each decided to establish a system where Torah would be studied for 24 hours ‘round-the-clock’, so that, at least there, there would be no minute when the sound of Torah learning would not be heard in this world. The 24-hour period would be divided into shifts, and as one ended the next would begin.
In 5781 (2020), the Pozna Rov, Hagaon Harav Avrohom Eisen, shlit”a, founder of the internationally acclaimed Shas Yiden Kollel Network, approached Maran Sar Hatorah, Harav Chaim Kanievsky, zt”l, with an idea.
Namely, to emulate the efforts of the Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh, the Ramchal and Reb Chaim Volozhiner and to establish a “Torah-24” Center in Yerushalayim. It would be home to 10 kollelim that would fill each 6:00 am – 6:00 am with successive learning shifts. Each would focus on a specific area of in-depth Torah study, the tenth morning kollel to operate on Fridays. “Torah-24” would enable the avreichim to develop all-embracing knowledge of Torah across the spectrum.
The Sar Hatorah was excited at the prospect and wrote in a note to Rav Eisen that he was clearly a person blessed from Above, and just as he had been vouchsafed to establish the five kollelim of Shas Yiden, with one of them in London, so he was confident that Rav Eisen would be blessed to fulfill this project as well.
A “Torah-24” Center has been opened in Yerushalayim. As the project becomes solidly based, the aim is to establish other “Torah-24” Centers in different Torah communities. Already, there are numerous candidates vying for spots in the kollelim. All the avreichim will be required to take rigorous monthly tests