A hachnosas sefer Torah celebration was held in memory
of HaRav Arye Leib Berenbaum, zt"l in the Nachlas
Dovid yeshiva last week in Petach Tikvah.
The writing of the sefer Torah began at the end of the
shiva week for R' Leib more than three years ago.
HaRav Berenbaum had been a ram in Nachlas Dovid during
his final years, and had a profound spiritual impact on the
yeshiva students. The first letter was written by his
illustrious father, HaRav Refoel Shmuel Berenbaum, rosh
yeshiva of the Mirrer Yeshiva in the United States.
The writing of the first letter took place in the home of R'
Leib zt"l, in the presence of HaRav Boruch Shimon
Solomon and a minyan of talmidei chachomim who
had been close to the niftar. They related how, at the
end of the shiva week, HaRav Refoel Shmuel rose from
his bereavement and immediately immersed himself in the
important sugyos of Bava Kama with vigor.
The students of Nachlas Dovid, as well as former students and
friends of the niftar from all over the country, made
special efforts to oversee the writing of a sefer Torah
mehudar, regarding it as a great zechus to share
Last week's hachnosas sefer Torah ceremony began with
the writing of the last letters in Rebbetzin Berenbaum's Bnei
Brak home. The festive procession then continued to the home
of the Chief Rabbi of Petach Tikvah, HaRav Boruch Shimon
Solomon and then to Nachlas Dovid, where the sefer
Torah was ushered into the aron kodesh amidst
fervent singing and dancing.