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7 Nisan 5766 - April 4, 2006 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Ramat HaTana'im in Beit Shemesh Gets New Rov and New Sefer Torah

by Betzalel Kahn

A stately hachnosas sefer Torah ceremony was held recently at Beis Medrash Chanichei Hayeshivos, a magnet for bnei Torah in Ramat HaTana'im in Ramat Beit Shemesh and the surrounding neighborhoods as well. The sefer Torah was donated by R' Feibish Michel Tal, a prominent member of the six-year-old beis medrash which hosts a variety of shiurim in addition to kollelim held during periods that need chizuk in Torah study.

The event began in the home of HaRav Yitzchok Meir Hager, who was inaugurated as the new rov of the kehilloh by gedolei Yisroel and the kehilloh members after serving for years as a rov and moreh tzedek in the neighborhood. Numerous rabbonim arrived at his home to write the final letters, including HaRav Sholom Ber Sorotzkin, head of the Ateres Shlomo Institutions in Eretz Hakodesh, HaRav Elimelech Kornfeld, rov of Kehillas HaGra, HaRav Naftoli Tzvi Rotenberg, rov of Kehal Chassidim in Ramat Beit Shemesh Beit, HaRav Tzvi Davidovitz, rov of Kehal Chassidim in Ramat Beit Shemesh Alef, HaRav Chaim Aharon Monderer, rov of the Yeffeih Nof neighborhood, HaRav Dovid Yitzchok Mandelbaum, moreh tzedek in the Mishkenot Yaakov neighborhood and rosh kollel of Kollel Tchechnov, HaRav Mordechai Yehuda Dushinsky, rov of Kehillas Dushinsky, HaRav Menachem Mendel Kibovitz, rov of Kehal Chareidim in Ramat Beit Shemesh, and HaRav Shimon Anshin.

Numerous local residents joined the procession as it set out for the beis medrash and afterwards the kehilloh members sat down for a seudas mitzvah graced by a visit from HaRav Shmuel Auerbach who addressed the kehilloh and then handed the ksav hachtoroh to HaRav Hager.

HaRav Mordechai Gross, av beis din of Chanichei Hayeshivos of Bnei Brak and a member of the Shearis Yisroel Beis Din, also addressed the kehilloh and HaRav Hager, one of his close talmidim. HaRav Gross said that the purpose of the sefer Torah and the new rov of the kehilloh were one and the same: to serve as a light and guide for the beis medrash.

The seudah ended with an address by HaRav Hager followed by the announcement of the founding of a building fund for a beis medrash to be constructed on a spacious, centrally-located lot allocated by the municipality through the efforts of the chareidi city councilmen, who have worked indefatigably to promote the success of the kehilloh.


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