The Rebbe's Words
“When you meet someone in the street, you should ask him if he has a Torah class yet.”
“If he already has a [set] class for learning Torah, we must affect him to add even more in this.”
Sicha of Braishis 5745
In 2011 Yagdil Torah founder, Levi Browd learnt in Kolel Menachem under the leadership of the Rosh Hakolel Rabbi Yosef Avraham Heller Shlit"a. Recognizing that there was a need for strengthening Mivtzah Torah close to home, Levi began brainstorming how to launch this initiative for the Crown Heights community.
When Levi suddenly lost his firstborn son that summer, work on the project began in his memory. Just 45 days later the first shiur was arranged, with the first class taking place right after Sukkos. A dozen shiurim followed in quick succession and Yagdil Torah was born.
Upon achieving initial success in private homes, Levi moved on to arrange shiurim in shuls, followed by additional programs to promote learning, such as a chavrusa partnering service. Yagdil Torah continued to expand, eventually opening three locations for learning, including one that currently is independently owned and operated.
Yagdil Torah currently facilitates hundreds of hours of Torah learning each week by providing a comfortable space for learning and weekly shiurim. With continued support we plan to expand our operations to include new programs and additional centers.
Rabbi Levy Browd – Founder and Director | B. Browd – Bookkeeper | Rabbi Mendy Browd – Public Relations
Shiurim Presenters Throughout the Years – Rabbi Berel Bell, Rabbi Sholom Ber Chaiken, Rabbi Sholom Dovid Geisinsky, Rabbi Yoseph Jacobson, Rabbi Sholom Ber Levin, Rabbi Yoseph Paltiel, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Raskin, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsh Rimler, Rabbi Yosef Schmukler, Rabbi Naftali Silbeberg, Rabbi Shais Taub, and Rabbi Mendy Yusevitz.
Cheshvan, 5767: First building shiur, held at 770 Empire Blvd., delivered by Rabbi Zalman Baras.
Kislev, 5767: Online presence begins.
Kislev, 5768: First learning guide printed.
Iyar, 5768: Attendance of large scale shiurim reaches triple digits.
Teves, 5769: Publication circulation reaches 5000 people per year.
Tamuz, 5769: Rabbonim sign Kol Koreh encouraging Anash to make Torah learning a central part of their lives and naming Yagdil Torah as a driving force in Mivtza Torah.
Elul, 5770: Heichal Hallimmud Tiferes Yitzchak opens its doors.
Teves, 5771: Research computer added to Heichal Halimmud
Kislev, 5772: Began updating all Kovtzei Limmud with stories, full mishnayos and expanded English section
Shvat, 5772: Otzar Hachochma in Heichal Halimmud
Nissan, 5772: “Chavrusa For You” program begins
Elul, 5772: First ever Kovetz Haaros from Heichal Halimmud learners
Sivan 5773: Rabbi Yoseph Jacobson starts weekly Shabbos morning shiur attracting close to 100 participants
Elul 5773: Second location reaches advanced stages of development*
Shvat 5774: Daily shiur started with participation of 15-30 daily
Iyar 5774: Opening of Second Location*
Cheshvan 5775: Rabbi Paltiel starts giving the weekly Chassidus Shiur
Iyar 5777: Kollel Boker Program begins
Cheshvan 5778: Kollel Tiferes Zkeinim Levi Yitzchok-A midday English Kollel launches with the assistance of Yagdil Torah
Teves 5778: Launching of Toras Chaim Program, a program that makes it practical to cover significant ground in
Tammuz 5778: First Siyum Meseches with Toras Chaim Program with many of the participants concluding the Entire Meseches Brachos
Teves 5780: Rabbi Stolik added to staff to answer questions and learn with people at Heichal
Shvat 5780: Yagdil Torah at forefront in Crown heights and beyond in popularizing Project Likkutei Sichos