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HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz Delivers Mussar Shmuess in Beis Medrash Elyon in Bnei Brak

by A. Cohen

In time for the Yomim Noraim, bnei yeshiva of the Beis Medrash Elyon as well as local avreichim, merited to listen to a his'orerus lecture by HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz.

Beis Medrash Elyon was founded over fifty years ago in Monsey. A year-and-a-half ago, it founded a branch in Bnei Brak on Kushiner Street. Since then, it has become a focal point for outstanding bnei aliya who pore over their studies day and night, out of the sincere ambition to achieve greatness in Torah and yirah.

The yeshiva was founded with the encouragement and blessing of HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz. In his great concern for klal Yisroel and dedication to the goal of spreading pure Torah -- especially to students of yeshivos ketanos about to enter yeshivos gedolos -- HaRav Lefkowitz saw the need for this new mokom Torah, which adheres to the approach transmitted to us by our great rabbonim from generation to generation.

At the dedication ceremony, HaRav Lefkowitz laid the foundation and cornerstone. Since then he has been closely linked to the yeshiva: guiding and overseeing its remarkable development. The entire yeshiva functions according to his directives, and he often visits and delivers words of chizuk and his'orerus.

In his discourse to the yeshiva students, HaRav Lefkowitz spoke about the great merit of davening during the Yomim Noraim in a pleading manner, out of submission and yiras Shomayim. As Chazal have said, "Every year which is destitute in the beginning is affluent at the end." By such davening, he said, one also fulfills the words, "tamlichuni aleichem," which denote submission and yiras Shomayim and equate us to a servant before the King. He then continued to explain that the acknowledgment of the Creator which results from toil and immersion in Torah enables one to reach the level of submission to Hashem. He then reminded his listeners of Rabbenu Yonah's words that, "One who recognizes his Creator knows how lowly and base is the person who transgresses His words," and added that this recognition leads to yiras Shomayim.

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