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Degel HaTorah Information Bureau Opened in Ramat Beit Shemesh
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Degel HaTorah Knesset members and Degel HaTorah Branch Council members participated in an impressive, dignified inauguration ceremony held two weeks ago to mark the opening of the new Degel HaTorah Information Bureau in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

Associated with the Degel HaTorah Information Bureau on Rechov Nachal HaKishon in Ramat Beit Shemesh-Aleph, the new facility will also provide information and assistance in both public and private matters on a wide range of areas. As part of operations, party representatives in the Knesset and the City of Beit Shemesh will hold reception hours for municipal and government inquiries in tandem with professionals in various fields.

The inaugural ceremony was opened and led by Branch Council member R' Betzalel Kahn, who provided a brief overview of Degel HaTorah activities in Beit Shemesh ever since the first chareidi neighborhoods were built ten years ago. Later he noted that the chareidi population in the city has grown substantially over the last five years, including increasing numbers of bnei Torah. Today Degel HaTorah supporters represent the vast majority of Ramat Beit Shemesh residents, he added.

"The accelerated development of the chareidi public in all of the city's neighborhoods," said Kahn, "combined with the fact that the people have many needs--and the attention the chareidi resident receives from city authorities needs considerable improvement-- prompted the party to bring in leading public activists to set up Degel HaTorah's Information Bureau, which will faithfully serve the entire public on a wide range of topics and activities. The purpose of Degel HaTorah, which was set up by Maran HaRav Shach zt'l, is to assist the public and the individual, and to loyally and constantly represent the bnei Torah sector everywhere."

Later he invited HaRav Shlomo Zalman Perlstein, moro de'asra of the Ramat Beit Shemesh-Aleph neighborhood, to address the gathered audience. "Today we are about to open a bureau whose entire essence is chesed for bnei Torah and for the general public, like the rest of Degel HaTorah's bureaus around the country. One of the verses of Yeshayohu reads, `. . . veyesodosayich besapirim.' Generally iron and cement are used as building materials, not precious stones. But the building of Klal Yisroel--the essential foundations, which are invisible to the eye--is with diamonds. When we speak of an Information Bureau we are referring to yesodosayich besapirim."

Other speakers included Degel HaTorah Secretariat Chairman MK Rabbi Avrohom Ravitz and Beit Shemesh Degel HaTorah Information Bureau Manager Rabbi Moshe Montag, who also serves as a member of the Branch Council. Participating at the event were Rav Tzvi Davidovitz, a moreh tzedek for the Chassidic kehilloh in Ramat Beit Shemesh-Aleph; Rav Yitzchok Meir Hagar, a moreh tzedek in Ramat Beit Shemesh Beit; MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni; Rabbi Yaakov Guterman, head of the Kiryat Sefer City Council and director of Degel HaTorah's Department of Municipalities; Rabbi Eliezer Greenbaum, City Council member and chairman of the Degel HaTorah branch in Beit Shemesh; Rav Tzvi Ravinsky, director of Toras HaBayis and Beis Sholom Institutes; Rav Yaakov Segal, director of the city's Eitz HaDaas network; Rav Shmuel Greenberg, secretary of the city's Degel HaTorah branch and director of the chareidi section; members of the Branch Council and party activists in the city.


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