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Telz Stone Inaugurates New Beis Medrash

by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Tuesday evening, 10 Sivan, hundreds of Telz Stone residents turned out to celebrate the chanukas habayis and hachnosas sefer Torah of Beis Medrash Ohel Avraham Nachalas Tzvi in the Givah neighborhood.

The evening began with the procession of the Sefer Torah donated by the Bergman family to the new beis medrash. As the men held the chuppah and danced, and the women and children of the community lined the main street, the sefer Torah was held by many rabbonim chashuvim and community notables.

Fifteen years after the founding of the neighborhood, the new beis medrash serves as the neighborhood's first proper structure for community Torah learning and tefilloh. During the seudas mitzvah that followed celebrating the chanukas habayis, HaRav Shlomo Brevda began his keynote address by congratulating the community on its accomplishment and saying that he was certain that the Ribono Shel Olam had much satisfaction from it. Rav Brevda went on to emphasize the importance of a shul and beis medrash in a community as a place of refuge from the distractions and indulgences of everyday living. He concluded by blessing the community that Hashem should continue to find favor in their deeds and grant them ongoing success.

HaRav Mordechai Goldstein, the former rav of the beis medrash, recalled the difficult physical conditions of its first near-decade, when it was housed in primitive and inferior trailers. Rav Goldstein recalled the stories of his father, HaRav Tuvia Goldstein zt"l, of the difficulties that he endured during WWII observing mitzvos in Siberia. He said that his father zt"l said that those mitzvos performed with extraordinary mesiras nefesh were the most precious. Rav Goldstein told the community that he is convinced that the mesiras nefesh with which they davened and learned during those years was the cause for their ultimate success in building the beautiful edifice which is the neighborhood's new spiritual home. Rav Goldstein blessed the community that the beauty of the new beis medrash should add to the quality of everyone's learning and davening.

Rav Mordechai Kuber, the current rav, discussed the devotion of Reb Avraham Gutterman z"l of Copenhagen, in whose name the new beis medrash was dedicated by his wife and family. Reb Avraham was a legend of steadfast determination to maintain religious observance against an opposing tide in Scandinavia. He single-handedly established many shuls in Denmark, and literally pulled people out of beds and backyards in order to maintain minyanim. Rav Kuber said that his mesiras nefesh, as emulated by his family, was the source of merit with which the new beis medrash was successfully completed.

The assembled also merited hearing words of chizuk and divrei Torah from Rabbi Chaim Michael Gutterman, the son of Reb Avraham z"l and director of the Shuvu educational network, who spoke on behalf of the family.

The participants were very pleased to receive a special guest, Knesset Minister Rabbi Meshulam Nahari, who reminisced about the deeds of Reb Avraham z"l and shared divrei Torah about chinuch habonim. Rav Nahari is a long- time family friend, who took off time from his busy schedule to share in the simcha together with the Gutterman family and with the community. Before leaving, he voiced his admiration of the kehilla and of the new beis medrash, and expressed his desire to be involved with the kehilla in the future.

All left uplifted, thanking Hashem for the success that He had granted, and inspired to use the new beis medrash for strengthening their davening and limud haTorah.


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