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Yeshiva Mercaz HaTorah Dinner

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Yeshiva Mercaz HaTorah, located in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Talpiot, held its Annual Scholarship Dinner on the 14th of Tammuz with the participation of the rosh hayeshiva, HaRav Chaim Kreiswirth, chief rabbi of Antwerp, Belgium, who has headed the Yeshiva and guided it since its founding.

The Yeshiva was founded in 1970 by the rosh hayeshiva and his close talmid, HaRav Aryeh Rottman, menahel ruchani, who has inspired hundreds of students with his deep devotion. In its close to thirty years of existence the Yeshiva has produced bnei Torah of the highest quality from bochurim from the United States and Europe. These bochurim who often only intended to stay for a year, end up staying for many years, absorbing Torah, yiras Shomayim and middos tovos.

The dinner was held at the Heichlei Tamir Hall for the many friends of the Yeshiva, its supporters, graduates, and rabbonim. The keynote address was given by the rosh hayeshiva, HaRav Kreiswirth. He inspired the audience with a lengthy exposition regarding kovod haTorah being the secret of the survival of true Judaism throughout the generations. Basing himself on the subject as presented in the Ya'aros Devash by HaRav Yonoson Eibeschitz, zt"l, HaRav Kreiswirth pointed out that great and well- known communities declined and disappeared only because they did not honor the Torah properly. This is what the Novi said: "Why was the land destroyed? Because they left My Torah," which the Sages explained to mean that they did not make the blessing on the Torah first, namely, they did not honor the Torah properly, and did not recite the blessing on the mitzvah of learning Torah with the proper intensity.

The participants of the dinner had the further enjoyment of watching a video of the celebration held for the siyum of the completion of the study of the tractate Kesuvos, learned last winter in the Yeshiva. At the siyum, the Yeshiva students received prizes for having learned the tractate by heart, and for passing the test on the entire tractate which was given by the rosh hayeshiva. Also, present at the siyum was the famous Mashgiach, the foremost mussar personality of our times, HaRav Shlomo Wolbe. In his address to the students he was very moved, and noted that he is strengthened by the siyum, which shows the dedication of the students of Mercaz HaTorah.

The dinner ended leaving everyone feeling uplifted and full of ambition for a future of even greater achievements.

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