Whilst many are still sleeping, groups of men across the world get up early to study Talmud, before they go to work. One such example can be found in Hendon and Edgware each morning. The early morning study group, known as a ‘chaburah,’ is led by Rav Ilan Halberstadt in Hendon, whilst the Edgware branch is led by Rav Zvi Marmorstein. The first shiur starts at 5.45 am, followed by two more, at 6.15 and 6.45.

After 2 and half years of dedicated early morning learning, the groups finished the tractates they have been studying, namely ‘Sanhedrin’  and ‘Sukka.’

For the members of these early morning groups, bank holiday usually means a break from rising before dark, however  ahead of last week’s bank holiday, they decided to do something a little different.

Both groups  participated in an intense day of learning at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Elstree, reviewing  the Talmud they have learnt for over  8 hours.

The day ended with a joint grand siyum/seuda, where prominent speakers included dayan Abrahams.

The Hendon chabura has now started a new Masechet/Tractate this week (Megila) and takes place in Beis Hamedrash Toras Chaim (Dayan Abraham), whilst the Edgware chabura started masechet Chagiga. There is a choice of two programs; at 5:45am and 6:15am. New-comers always welcome.