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14 Tishrei 5765 - September 29, 2004 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly









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New Building for Yeshivas Lakewood-Jerusalem Dedicated
By Betzalel Kahn

At a distinguished event attended by leading Torah figures including the respective roshei yeshivos of Yeshivas Lakewood in the US and Eretz Yisroel, Lakewood Yeshiva of Jerusalem ("Lakewood East") moved into an impressive new building in Ramot.

The major event began with a procession in honor of sifrei Torah at Beis Medrash Chanichei Hayeshivos, which housed the yeshiva for the past several weeks, before moving into the new building begun five years ago with the blessings of Maran HaRav Shach and ylct"a Maran HaRav Eliashiv shlita. The building had been complete just days earlier. It was funded through the generosity of R' Hershey Friedman of Montreal.

The sifrei Torah were carried by HaRav Dov Schwartzman, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Beis HaTalmud, the roshei yeshiva, ramim and neighborhood rabbonim.

When HaRav Shmuel Auerbach arrived, the thousands of bnei Torah on hand stood up and sang, "Yomim Al Yemei Melech." He opened with words of praise for HaRav Isser Zalman Meltzer, HaRav Aharon Kotler and HaRav M. M. Shach, who had been in close contact with the rosh yeshiva and his sons. "I have known the Rosh Yeshiva, shlita, for many years and as such I can say his entire direction and labor is to continue the chain of handing down the Torah in the proper form and to build the holy yeshiva on these solid foundations." The yeshiva traces its roots to the yeshiva in Slutsk where HaRav Isser Zalman Meltzer was rosh yeshiva and his son-in-law HaRav Aharon Kotler was also a rosh yeshiva. HaRav Kotler later moved part of the yeshiva to Kletsk and then fled Europe for the USA where he opened a yeshiva in Lakewood. Some years ago, a branch was opened in Yerushalayim. When he stepped down, thousands filed by to receive his brochoh for a good year.

Hundreds of talmidim, former talmidim, avreichim and friends of the yeshiva then sat down for a seudas mitzvah. The Mashgiach HaRav Shlomo Wolbe spoke briefly, followed by the rosh yeshiva HaRav Yaakov Eliezer Schwartzman, who offered thanks to R' Friedman-- though as an ovel he was unable to participate in the seudah -- saying he has stood by the yeshiva for years. Siyata deShmaya has been the yeshiva's lot, he continued, and said its success has been in the merit of Maran HaRav Kotler and Rabbenu Hagodol HaRav Shach, zechuson yogen oleinu.

HaRav Yisroel Newman, one of the rosh yeshivas of Lakewood Yeshiva in the USA, said Elul is indeed the most fitting time for such an event, since the yeshiva itself, with over 200 talmidim, crowns the Name of Heaven.

Many guests from Eretz Yisroel and abroad arrived to take part in the event, including alumni from as far back as Kletsk and talmidim of HaRav Kotler from various periods, who came to express their great esteem for the roshei yeshiva and as a show of honor for the Torah.


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