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Gatherings to Mark Shloshim for HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira zt"l

By Betzalel Kahn

As the 30-day mourning period for HaRav Moshe Shmuel Shapira zt"l, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov, came to an end this week, special events were held throughout Israel and abroad. At Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov gedolei Torah, roshei yeshivos and thousands of the Rosh Yeshiva's talmidim gathered to hear talks by the rabbonim of the yeshiva and leading talmidim.

At Yeshivas Chochmoh Vodaas in Rechovot an event was held on Monday to mark the beginning of the writing of a sefer Torah as an illui neshomoh for HaRav Shapira and HaRav Shlomo Wolbe zt"l, who served as menahel ruchani at Yeshivas Be'er Yaakov for many years.

A gathering was held at Beis Knesses Chazon Ish in Jerusalem's Ramat Shlomo neighborhood Monday night. Speakers included HaRav Moshe Shapira, HaRav Shmuel Yaakov Bournstein and his son-in-law, HaRav Sholom Dov Shimon.

Another gathering took place at Beis Knesses Maor Chaim for Yeshivas Maor HaTalmud alumni in Modi'in Illit, where talks were given by HaRav Avrohom Yitzchok Kook and HaRav Aryeh Zelivansky.

In Netanya the Admor of Sanz took part in a gathering and heard a talk by the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Sanz, HaRav Eliyohu Chaim Shmerling.

HaRav Sholom Povarsky and HaRav Dovid Yitzchok Shapira flew to England to participate in a gathering attended by gedolei Torah of England. At Yeshivas Gateshead a talk was given by the rosh yeshiva, HaRav Avrohom Gurwicz.

At a large event at Yeshivas Mir-New York eulogies were given by HaRav Shmuel Birnbaum, HaRav Meir Tzvi Bergman, the Admor of Novominsk, HaRav Malkiel Kotler, HaRav Meir Chaim Zilber and HaRav Chaim Ginsford.

At Yeshivas Lakewood talks were given by the roshei yeshiva and the rabbonim, as well as HaRav Bergman and HaRav Zilber, HaRav Shapira's grandson.

Agudas Yisroel of America sponsored a gathering at which speakers included HaRav Menashe Klein, gavad of Ungvar, and HaRav Chaim Epstein, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Zichron Melech.

At the main kollel in Toronto talks were given by HaRav Simchoh Hacohen Kook and rabbonim from the kehilloh.

On Monday the family and numerous talmidim went to the gravesite at Beis Hachaim Yotzei Ponovezh in Bnei Brak.


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