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7 Nissan 5760 - April 12, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Moving Ceremony Marks Opening of New Elad Yeshiva

by A. Cohen

A moving ceremony marked last week's formal opening of the new yeshiva gedola in the new city of Elad. The ceremony was attended by gedolei Torah, roshei yeshiva, rabbonim, and hundreds of local bnei Torah.

HaRav Binyomin Gintzler, mashgiach of the yeshiva, opened the event with the reading of chapters of Tehillim. Divrei Torah were delivered by the rosh yeshiva of the Rashbi Yeshiva of Bnei Brak and one of the presidents of the yeshiva, HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman.

HaRav Gintzler said, "The yeshiva which is opening today will, besiyato deShmaya, be maintained on the merit of Maran, the Aviezri (Maran HaRav Eliezer Menachem Shach, shlita) may Hashem lengthen his days." HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman is the son-in-law of HaRav Shach, shlita, and his son-in-law, HaRav Chaim Pas, is rosh yeshiva of the new yeshiva.

The next speaker was HaRav Dovid Werner, who cited an incident which occurred in the Volozhin yeshiva when it was closed. At that time, the Netziv said, "Until now, the yeshiva has endured on the merit of the tears of Rav Chaim of Volozhin, but now their merit has ended." The same was true regarding the mishkan. After combining all the letters with which Heaven and Earth had been created, Moshe Rabbenu still had to recite the blessing of `Veyehi noam.' Rashi says, `This was a plea, because without techina nothing can endure.' We too," HaRav Werner added, "must shed a tear for the success of this illustrious yeshiva."

The moro de'asra of Elad, HaRav Shlomo Zalman Grossman, mentioned the words of the Chasam Sofer, who said that in order to merit that the mishkan would indeed be, "to Me, for My name," bnei Yisroel needed the blessing of Moshe Rabbenu, although they had been promised that Hashem would dwell amidst them. "A new mokom Torah also requires such merits," HaRav Grossman said. "This mokom Torah will be a lighthouse for the entire region."

HaRav Pas, the rosh yeshiva, then rose to speak. He stressed the words of the novi, "Ki im bezos . . . haskeil veyodo'a Osi." He explained this according to the commentary of the Aviezri, who asked why the mitzvah of faith is mentioned here. He writes, "The Griz says in the name of the Gra that emunah encompasses that which one cannot achieve or grasp with his own capacities. But if such is the case, how can we obligate him to achieve it? The explanation is: If a man has a strong will to achieve such emunah, Hashem grants him the ability to do so as a gift transcending nature. Thus we merit something which transcends our natural capacities. We have merited all this only due to the will of Maran, may Hashem grant him speedy recovery, and on the merit of all the bnei Torah of the city who have joined together in order to establish Torah here."

The spiritual leadership of the yeshiva praised HaRav Pas, who has for been involved in Torah dissemination for many years. He is assisted by the mashgiach, HaRav Binyomin Gintzler, who was the talmid muvhak of HaRav Meir Chodosh, serving him for twelve years. Assisting them are HaRav A. Baharan, a ram in the yeshiva and HaRav Akiva Rottenberg, who has been a nosei venosein in the yeshiva since its founding.

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