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5 Iyar 5760 - May 10, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Thousands at the Uchesavtem Gathering

by A. Cohen

Thursday night (29-30 Nisan) was an impressive event at which the Uchesavtem organization awarded stipends to some of the finest students of the country's yeshivos. It was attended by maranan verabonon, roshei yeshiva, marbitzei Torah and bnei yeshiva from the entire spectrum of chareidi Jewry.

The Uchesavtem organization was founded with the blessings of the gedolei Torah by a group of avreichim for the purpose of encouraging the writing of chiddushim. With the announcement of its scholarship fund, approximately 1300 outstanding chaburos were sent to its editorial board. These chaburos were then carefully examined by prominent roshei yeshiva, who decided which deserved awards.

The gala event opened with ma'ariv, the massive assembly of bnei Torah serving as a display of encouragement and chizuk for those who toil over their Torah studies -- budding Torah scholars who have merited to probe Torah's depths and produce chiddushim.

The event was opened by HaRav Boruch Shmuel Deutsch, one of the members of the presidium of the Uchesavtem organization, who stressed the value of chiddushei Torah, explaining that they become an integral part of those who make them.

In his speech, HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz said that the main aspect of the mitzvah of kibbud haTorah is that of studying with toil and exertion in order to understand the depth of the Torah. He then explained that Hashem grants those who toil in Torah a special siyata deShmaya to overcome the spiritual difficulties of the street culture. At the end of his speech, HaRav Lefkowitz read the following letter of Maran HaGaon, HaRav Yosef Shlomo Eliashiv shlita:

"To the esteemed participants in the rally for the strengthening of those who toil in Torah, sponsored by the Uchesavtem fund, headed by the rabbonim hageonim shlita: I hereby extend my blessing to the rabbonim hageonim who head the fund, and to the bnei Torah who have sent it their essays and chiddushim. May it be Hashem's will that they continue to grow in Torah and yiras Shomayim, and that all who assist them see blessings in their efforts."

HaRav Shmuel Auerbach, who spoke next, spoke about the sanctity of these days of preparation for kabolas haTorah and about the need to toil in Torah while maintaining a frugal lifestyle, factors which enable one to savor Torah's sweetness and pleasantness.

In his speech, the rosh yeshiva of Grodno, HaRav Tzvi Dov Karelenstein, cited the Chazon Ish who, in his Igros explains that the depth of Torah shebe'al peh is revealed only after one has exerted himself diligently in Torah study, and that achievement of this is not dependent on one's aptitude but rather on the extent of one's toil and exertion.

At the end of HaRav Karelenstein's speech the moderator, HaRav Tzvi Roth, read the names of the winners and invited them to receive the award from HaRav Y. Toledano. The awards were given separately to avreichim and yeshiva students.

Among the avreichim, first prize was awarded to Rav Michael Cohen, of the Mirrer yeshiva kollel, second prize to Rav Moshe Shraga Eichler from Kollel Mishkan Shraga and third prize to Rav Shlomo Zalman Knoblich, Kollel Heichal HaTalmud.

The following yeshiva students received awards: Shmuel Bunim Ehrenfeld of Yeshivas Ponevezh, Shlomo Bombach of Yeshivas Atteres Yisroel, Shlomo Ginsberg of Yeshivas Rabbenu Chaim Ozer, Chaim Gershuni of Yeshivas Even Yisroel, Shalom Zefrani of Yeshivas Tushia-Tifrach, Yinon Chori of Yeshivas Me'or HaTorah, Yaakov Levi of Yeshivas Be'er HaTorah, Avrohom Yeshayahu Solomon of Yeshivas Chevron, Shimon Sofer of Yeshivas Brisk, Avrohom Kleinman of Yeshivas Grodno-Ashdod and Reuven Koplick of Yeshivas Or Yisroel.

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