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29 Sivan 5761 - June 20, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Friends of the Mirrer Yeshiva Gather in Paris
by S. Fried

"If even one word of Torah study protects the entire generation when calamity occurs, how immense is the protection affected by the Torah studied by the Mirrer Yeshiva's 5000 talmidim. Torah study takes place twenty hours a day in the Mir, under all circumstances: in the main study hall, on the stairs, and in every corner of this illustrious edifice in which students cling to the Borei Olom," said HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi, one of the roshei yeshiva of the Mirrer Yeshiva, in his opening remarks at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Mirrer Yeshiva held after Shavuos in Paris.

The Beit Yisroel hall in Paris was filled to capacity. Throughout the evening, photographs of the packed Mirrer Yeshiva beis medrash were projected onto a screen, with the sounds of the Torah study in the background: Continuous Torah study under all circumstances. This year's gathering was held in the shadow of the current difficult situation in Israel and prevailing antisemitic tension and incitement in France.

HaRav Yitzchok Ezrachi has been going to France every Shavuos for the past thirty years, delivering shiurim to the Jewish community of the town of Saracelle, which is today a focal point of Arab and other antisemitic incidents. Scores of Jews from Saracelle and the environs stream to his shiurim on Shavuos night and to droshos in the local synagogues. On erev Shavuos, HaRav Ezrachi, who was the guest of Yeshivas Yad Mordechai, spoke about kabolas haTorah.

"The solution," he said, "is neither with the Right nor the Left. There is only one genuine solution. We have reached a situation in which we have no one on whom to rely, except for Ovinu shebaShomayim. We are obligated to study Torah, to do mitzvos and to be yirei Shomayim. We are connected to the Borei Olom and have nothing to fear. Every year, when I come here, I tell everyone that he must study Torah every day. The Torah protects us and the entire generation."

The dais was graced by the following roshei yeshiva and rabbonim: HaRav Yitzchok Katz, head of the institutions and yeshivos of Yad Mordechai; HaRav Mordechai Rottenberg, the moro de'asra; heads of the chareidi community and of the Federation of the Kehillos of Paris; Chief Rabbi of France, HaRav Yosef Sitruk; and Chief Rabbi of Paris, HaRav David Mashash.

HaRav Avraham Elchadad of Saracelle delivered an address in which he described the Mirrer Yeshiva where more than a hundred French students and avreichim study.

HaRav Sitruk said, "The Jews of France live under the pressure generated by public opinion. No one has a solution. Hakodosh Boruch Hu created the world with middas hadin, which means that logically, he who is strongest will prevail. However, this conception applies to non-Jews. In respect to the Jewish Nation, middas horachamim prevails. We are a nation that arouses middas horachamim above, and if we behave with rachamim, we shall draw forth rachamim from above. We must help the yeshiva with middas horachamim in a manner that defies all logical considerations."


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