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








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A Sefer Torah is Ushered into the Toras Yechiel Yeshiva in Yerushalayim

by Betzalel Kahn and M. Plaut

Thursday night 2 Nisan, a hachnosas sefer Torah ceremony was held for the Toras Yechiel yeshiva, named after HaRav Yechiel Wilensky zt"l. It is headed by HaRav Ephraim Yitzchok Vladomirski who, in addition to his unique ability to guide and train young students to probe the gemora in-depth, is known for his special closeness to his students. HaRav Betzalel Trovitz, a well known educational figure, is the yeshiva's mashgiach. The nosi of the yeshiva is HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Ponevezh LeTze'irim.

Toras Yechiel, one of the Hadras Yerushalayim institutions, is considered one of the most outstanding yeshivos ketanos in the country, and many seek to enter it.

The sefer Torah was contributed by Mrs. Soro Chaya Shapiro, in memory of her parents, R' Sholom ben R' Kalman and Devora Moncha bas R' Naftoli.

The procession bearing the sefer Torah left the home of the Houminer family on 85 Meah Shearim Street (Battei Neitin 2), heading towards Chazonovitch Street where the yeshiva is located, via Breslov and Baharan Streets. It was accompanied by a band and by torches carried by the hundreds of children who attend one of its brother institutions, the Zichro Toras Moshe cheder that has been the object of the sincerest form of flattery as imitators open up all over Israel and even overseas.

At 8 in the evening, a seudas mitzvah was held in the Bnos Yerushalayim hall. Speaking at the seuda, HaRav Avrohom Mendelson, rosh yeshiva of Bircas Moshe another brother institution of Toras Yechiel, stressed how Toras Yechiel, in addition to maintaining a regular learning program comparable to every other yeshiva ketana, also ensures that its students will remember what they learn with its full program of regular chazoro. It is very important to learn Torah, but one must also try to know Torah.

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