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24 Cheshvan 5760 - November 3, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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A Seuda of Thanks by Shuvu in America

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

HaRav Avrohom Pam, the rosh yeshiva of Torah Vodaas and the President of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of the United States recently hosted a special seuda of thanks and chizuk for the leaders of Shuvu. Rabbi Avrohom Biederman, the director of Shuvu and one of the heads of Agudas Yisroel in the United States and an outstanding askan on the American chareidi and religious scene was responsible for that unique event.

HaRav Pam, one of the most revered roshei yeshiva in the world, doesn't leave his home due to his frailty. Only a week ago, he was hospitalized.

HaRav Pam is also the president of Shuvu, and constantly encourages this enterprise, which he regards as vital. The seuda was meant to encourage the activists of Shuvu in the United States and in Eretz Yisroel, and its supporters and donors. It was also a mesibas hodaya over the recovery of the director of Shuvu in Eretz Yisroel, Rabbi Chaim Michoel Gutterman, who was flown to Belgium last year in a very serious condition, and by a miracle fully recovered.

"There is no one more beloved to Hashem than one who dedicates himself to the klal," said HaRav Pam, quoting Chazal, and pointing to the miracle. "The children of Eretz Yisroel need Reb Chaim Michoel Gutterman as does Shuvu, and that is why he recovered." The thirty people who sat around the table the rosh yeshiva listened raptly to his every word. HaRav Pam, whose weakness was obvious, refused to remain seated, and made an effort to stand. Leaning on the table, he held the microphone, and for a relatively long time, quoted midroshim, gemoras and maamarei Chazal.

The finest askonim of the United States and its most prominent philanthropists were deeply moved. Rabbi Chaim Michoel Gutterman, who had arrived a day before from Copenhagen where he had participated in a hachnosas sefer Torah to a yeshiva which had been founded there by his father Arik Gutterman, was also present. The yeshiva was founded with the encouragement of the spiritual patron of the city, HaRav Moshe Menachem Yaakobson. Arik Gutterman purchased a building which had in the past served as a Nazi headquarters, and transformed it into a yeshiva, mainly for Russians. He then asked his son-in-law, Rav Jacobs, a ben Torah and an educator, to head it.

HaRav Moshe Zilberberg, one of the rabbonim and poskim of Monsey, delivered a dvar Torah. Rabbi Nosson Sherman, the editor-in-chief of Mesorah Publications, also spoke, as did Rabbi Yonasan Rosenblum, the representative of Am Echad in Yerushalayim, and Rabbi Tzvi Yaakovson, Shas' secretary in the Knesset. Rabbi Chaim Michoel Gutterman warmly thanked all who had come. His father also spoke.

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