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11 Nissan 5761 - April 4, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Opinion & Comment
Yeshivos Bein Hazmanim: Protective Wall for Am Yisroel

by A. Cohen

"How fortunate are you students of Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim who are extending the zman. You protect this city as well as all residents of Eretz Hakodesh and all of Klal Yisroel in the merit of your Torah study. You cannot fathom the extent of your chesed on behalf of Klal Yisroel. The world is maintained in the merit of your Torah."

These words of chizuk were delivered by HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz at the opening shiur of Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim Zichron Yehoshua, being held in Kollel Chazon Ish in Bnei Brak.

In his remarks, HaRav Lefkowitz cited the Yerushalmi at the end of Brochos: "If you see a generation that has become lax in divrei Torah, rise up and strengthen yourself greatly, and you will earn reward corresponding to that of all of them." He explained: "There is a great difference between one who studies within the framework of yeshiva sedorim and one who studies outside the yeshiva's sedorim during bein hazmanim, the period in which the external obligation no longer exists. A person who studies during this period -- one of laxity in divrei Torah -- receives the reward of all. You, the bnei yeshiva who are poring over your Torah, merit to safeguard all Creation, because the entire world is maintained on the merit of the Torah. Fortunate are you who study, and fortunate are those who uphold the yeshiva, for on your merit Creation is sustained."

The gemora in Bovo Basra interprets the verse, "I am a wall and my bosoms like towers" to mean that the Torah creates a fortress around the Jewish Nation, and its utterance is like a tower protecting the city against robbers. Every avreich and ben yeshiva who learns Torah prevents calamities in Klal Yisroel, and this group protects the city, the residents of Eretz Hakodesh and Klal Yisroel."

HaRav Lefkowitz concluded his address by stressing the obligation to strengthen oneself on issues of emunah before Pesach, the festival of emunah, as well as the obligation to sanctify Shem Shomayim in everything we do. The entire purpose of Creation is to sanctify Shem Shomayim, as is written: "Everything that was created in My Name, for my honor I have created it and even made it."

In his remarks, HaRav Lefkowitz praised philanthropist HaRav Tachan, who supports the Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim, where hundreds of yeshiva students fervently study and continue the spirit of the zman.

The Yeshivas Bein Hazmanim Zichron Yehoshua operates throughout bein hazmanim between five and eight in the evening in Bnei Brak. Every evening, shiurim are delivered by noted roshei yeshiva. The closing shiur, to take place on Thursday, 27 Nisan, will be delivered by HaRav Boruch Weissbecker, the rosh yeshiva of Beis Mattisyahu in Bnei Brak.

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