Video & Photos: Chavrusa Tumult at BMG


YW-BMG Chav Tuml-011.jpg(VIDEO & PHOTO LINKS AT END OF ARTICLE) Today, the second day of Rosh Chodesh Elul 5768 was the first day of the famous “Chavrusa Tumult” at Lakewood’s Bais Medrash Gavoha. Thousands of Bochrim and Yungerleit gathered in the hallways outside the Bais Medrash, and in the parking lot – in search of a Chavrusa for the Elul Zman.

Tumult day is a distinct feature of Beth Medrash Govoha. It is at this time that chavrusos (study partners) must be arranged. Among other things, students discuss with potential study partners what limud they would like to study, and also make sure that the study partnership has the potential to succeed, both on a personal level and on an intellectual level. Additionally, it is at this time that students are required to arrange entry into a particular “chaburah”, or study group. This intense and highly competitive method is not unique to Beth Medrash Govoha, it is also common in other large “yeshivos” such as Mir and Brisk yeshivos in Eretz Yisroel.

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  1. I found out the truth begind these photos and video.

    This isn’t chavrusa tumul after all, its what happenned in Lakewood when they found out that McCain chose Sara Palin for his running mate.

  2. Why is a”tumult” neccesary? Years ago we would arrange a chavrusa at the end of a zman or during a bein hazemanim. I am not complaining, just sincerely asking for an explanation. I would think it would be better if everyone was sitting and learning on Rosh Chodesh Elul instead of “tumulling”.
    BeHatzlacha to all of the avreichim and bochrim this zman!

  3. The student population is fluid enough from zeman to zeman that tumulling at the end of the zeman isn’t practical. And then this zeman, if the tumult should have been before the zeman, then everyone would have had to be in before Shabbos.

    And I have a hunch that some chavrusas were ready to go first thing after breakfast, if not before.

  4. Is there a “Chavrusa Crisis” in Lakewood (or any of the other brand name Yeshivos)? Would some bochurim benefit from a Frumster-type service to match them with a partner for the zman?

    I suspect there is potential here for someone to “earn while they learn” by doing some matchmaking…Not everyone has the social networking skills to go out there and find his own.