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1 Adar 5759 - Feb. 17, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Kiryat Sefer's Kollel Kodshim

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Kiryat Sefer, established only five years ago, has become an important city in Eretz Yisroel. It is important because it is a city exclusively populated by shomrei Torah umitzvos, most of them having spent many years in yeshiva. The tremendous siyata diShmaya which Kiryat Sefer has been given can in no small amount be accredited to the blessings of the gedolei hador, who have, stood by this city of Torah from its beginning, and whose advice is sought in all matters.

Visiting Kiryat Sefer, one is struck by its many Torah institutions, where men toil over Torah from early morning until late at night. Among them is Kollel Kodshim, a kollel devoted to learning the halachos of avodas Beis Hamikdosh.

Kollel Kodshim was established a year and a half ago by the rosh kollel, HaRav Yaakov Lev, at the suggestion of HaRav Chaim Kanievsky. The avreichim hear a shiur given by the rosh kollel three times a week. Once a week, a chabura is given by the kollel avreichim. Boruch Hashem, the avreichim are gaining in their understanding and knowledge of Kodshim.

The rosh kollel is a talmud muvhak of HaRav Michel Feinstein, the son-in-law of the Brisker Rov zt'l. Rav Lev has authored numerous works on Kodshim.

His shiurim in the kollel are said in the derech of Brisk. R' Michel has explained that this means to learn Torah "without any dressings." In other words, to focus only on what the Torah is telling us, and not to explain it according to our own logic or preconceptions. The chidushim of Reb Chaim and the Brisker Rav were a result of this method. R' Michel explained that this is the reason why everyone is so afraid to change even a single word of their Torah thoughts.

The moroh de'asra of Kiryat Sefer, HaRav Meir Kessler, has written a letter calling for support of the Kollel. The letter is also signed by HaRav Eliashiv, HaRav Steinman and HaRav Pam. In his letter, HaRav Kessler quotes the Chofetz Chaim, zt'l, saying that in the time of the Beis Hamikdosh there was a terumas halishko to ensure that the service was performed. In our days, the Chofetz Chaim says, it is an obligation to give money for talmidei chachomim to learn the halachos of the avoda with the Kohanim. May all those who have a part in this mitzvah merit the blessing of Rav Pam (in the letter of support for the Kollel) for bountiful good from Hashem Yisborach.

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