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8 Adar 5759 - Feb. 24, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly







Shaare Chaim Dinner

by Akiva Aaronson

The annual dinner of Yeshiva Shaare Chaim was held recently in Jerusalem on the fifth night of Chanukah. This year's dinner marked twenty years of the yeshiva.

The evening was chaired by Rabbi Yaakov Pinsky, maggid shiur in the yeshiva, and the speakers included HaRav Chaim Pinchos Sheinberg, rosh yeshiva Torah Ore, Rabbi Eliezer Parkoff, one of the roshei yeshiva of Shaare Chaim, and guest speaker Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky. The evening was also addressed by one of the bochurim of the yeshiva, R' Shraga Feivel Markus.

Rabbi Pinsky spoke of the accomplishments of the yeshiva, whose alumni are rabbonim, mechanchim and kollel yungerleit in Eretz Yisroel and in communities across the world. Each of the alumni fills his life with Torah. This is true success, he said.

HaRav Chaim Pinchos Scheinberg shlita, recalled how the yeshiva began with a handful of talmidim twenty years ago, to blossom into what it has become today. The Rosh Yeshiva gave his brocho to the yeshiva, that it continue to give more and more to Klal Yisroel. We have unlimited spiritual koach, he said.

Shraga Feivel Markus, in delivering divrei Torah on behalf of the bochurim, said that the Greeks were masters of different types of chochmah, but they were unable to accept what the human mind could not grasp. They could not accept anything spiritual and thus were set against Klal Yisroel. Although they had access to certain Torah, they learnt it as a chochmah, without Hashem, he said.

Rabbi Orlofsky said that in the menora it is ossur to bring the lights together to form a single torch. Rather each flame must burn independently, and together they make up the menora. So too in Shaare Chaim, he said, each talmid is brought to his full potential, until the time when we light the true menora, the menora of the Beis Hamikdash.

The evening was one of his'orerus for bochurim, alumni and supporters of Shaare Chaim.

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