For some parents, it may have been their first Simchas Beis Hashoeva or Hachnasas Sefer Torah, but it certainly won’t be their last.
While combining two simchas is rare, Acheinu weaved both into a formidable blend over Chol HaMoed Succos in Kiryat Sefer during a riveting seven hours of non-stop simcha, which began with the Torah parade and concluded with an unforgettable and rousing Simchas Beis Hashoeva at Yeshivas Acheinu L’tzeirim.
The sefer Torah was dedicated by Mr. Shimon Courriel of France, in blessed memory of his wife. The procession began at the home of Kiryat Sefer’s Mora D’Asra, HaRav Hagaon Meir Kessler and was accompanied by almost two hours of spirited dancing and unsurpassed joy. Every footstep, instead of being tiring, provided more and more chizuk to parents who exerted themselves to attend.
Ofer Cohen, whose son Adir is one of the yeshiva’s 65 bochurim, came from Kiryat Malachi, one of Eretz Yisrael’s smaller, peripheral towns served by the growing yeshiva which opened two years ago. “We were deeply moved but also happy and excited by this beautiful event that brought me to tears,” said Mr. Cohen.
His enthusiasm was matched by Kiryat Sefer residents. “I can tell you that at least half of Kiryat Sefer attended,” says HaRav Michael Berlin, the Rosh Yeshiva. “It was important for the city to see our yeshiva and it was important for the students to see how the city turned out to support them. This really strengthened their Yiddishkeit.”
Throughout Chol HaMoed, Rav Berlin received 15 calls or messages from parents just as excited as the Cohens. “Parents called and said they never understood what a Simchas Beis Hashoeva could be until they experienced ours.”
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Acheinu’s Yeshiva L’tzeirim, which opened under the direction of HaRav HaGaon Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita, primarily serves boys graduating from Chinuch Atzmai kiruv schools or Shas’s Maayan HaChinuch Hatorani system and provides critical support for talmidim making the challenging transition to yeshiva ketanah. The Yeshiva L’tzeirim assigns an avreich to each bochur who provides chizuk for one hour each night.
The success is apparent. Speaking to parents at the Simchas Beis Hashoeva, HaRav Hagaon Shlomo Zalman Ullman, shlita, rav of Bnei Brak’s Kehillas Mishkenos Yaakov took the opportunity to thank the parents for enrolling their children, and at the same time, asked the students to express hakaras hatov to their parents for having enrolled them.
“If the streets today can be compared to the mabul, then this yeshiva is like the Taivas Noach,” said HaRav Ullman.