(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.