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1 Iyar 5767 - April 19, 2007 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly










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Thousands Flock to Lev L'Achim Gathering in Bnei Brak

By A. Cohen

Thousands of bnei Torah attended the annual Lev L'Achim conference, billed as the "Tenth Anniversary Conference," which focused on enrolling secular children at chareidi schools.

The opening speaker was Lev L'Achim Board Member HaRav Meir Klugman, who noted that according to the Central Bureau of Statistics, chareidi schools constitute 28 percent of all school children in Israel.

He was followed by HaRav Yisroel Ganz, one of the roshei yeshiva of Yeshivas Kol Torah, who discussed fundamental principles of outreach work. He recalled hearing from Maran HaRav Shach zt"l that while the yetzer hora used to lie in the Haskoloh, now it has taken the form of "living the good life," thus today our task is to introduce Jews to the beauty in the Torah. Next HaRav Boruch Meidan added further ideas on how to approach kiruv work.

In the second part of the conference, HaRav Yitzchok Zilberstein shlita, the rov of Bnei Brak's Ramat Elchonon neighborhood, fielded a long list of questions posed by avreichim which he had discussed during the past few weeks with his father-in-law HaRav Eliashiv shlita, and with his brother-in-law HaRav Chaim Kanievsky shlita.

Afterwards Lev L'Achim Director Rabbi Eliezer Sorotzkin welcomed maranan verabonon as they stepped onto the dais. Speeches were given by HaRav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, the moro de'asra and gavad of Bnei Brak's Zichron Meir neighborhood, HaRav Nosson Tzvi Finkel, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Mir, the Admor of Novominsk, who came especially from America to participate in the conference and to represent the rabbonim of the US, HaRav Yehuda Ades, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Kol Yaakov, and HaRav Yehuda Leib Shteinman, who delivered the closing address.

HaRav Dovid Cohen, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Chevron, read a letter sent by HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, and HaRav Yosef Yisraelson read a letter sent by HaRav Yosef Sholom Eliashiv shlita.

The letter from Maran HaRav Eliashiv read: "May Hashem's blessing accompany the bnei Torah gathering for the sake of Heaven for the strengthening and upholding of the avodas hakodesh of Lev L'Achim, which is dedicated to disseminating Torah, educating Jewish children and bring rechokim closer to the light of Torah and mitzvas.

"Therefore your merit of zikui horabim as our representatives working in the framework of Lev L'Achim to increase kovod Shomayim and to increase the legions for meleches hakodesh includes the merit of Torah and gemilus chassodim and also that of placing religion on a pedestal.

"He Who Rewards All Good Deeds can be trusted to pay just reward to all those who take part in and encourage others to take part in this great mitzvah, and may their Torah learning be preserved and may they be blessed with living offspring and all their basic needs in abundance, with health and sublime light."


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