This was the fiery, moving message delivered by Rav Ezrachi at the Acheinu Lakewood Asifas Chizuk held this past Motzoai Shabbos Parshas Ki Savo at the Bais Faiga Hall. Rav Ezrachi deems Acheinu’s work of such critical import that, for the first time in his more than half century of harbatzas Torah, he left his yeshiva for Shabbos during Elul zeman expressly to travel to Lakewood for Acheinu’s asifas chizuk.
The crowd that flocked to the asifa in support of Acheinu and to hear divrei chizuk delineating Acheinu’s sustained, quantifiable hatzalas nefashos work was in itself a great source of chizuk, because it attested to the fact that the bnei Torah of the Lakewood community feel a special bond with the underlying goal of Acheinu – to create bnei Torah who will dedicate their lives to Torah learning and living.
Acheinu is an organization that has developed a unique strategy for kiruv a strategy that reaps a phenomenal success rate translating into some 93% of its charges becoming and remaining Shomrei Torah U’Mitzvos. Acheinu works with a very targeted segment of the non-religious Israeli public, with the specific goal of not only ensuring that their charges assume shemiras hamitzvos, but that they also grow into Bnei Torah who will remain within the walls of the bais hamedrash engaged in in-depth Torah learning, and lead lives dedicated to limud haTorah.
Special Address by Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz
In an extremely moving video address taped expressly for the asifa, the venerated senior Rosh Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz, Nasi of Acheinu, explained that Acheinu’s area of expertise is their success in bringing boys so close to Yiddishkeit that they wish to learn in yeshiva, while understanding that just entering Yeshiva is not their ultimate goal. Acheinu, recognizing a bochur’s need for constant support and chizuk, invests in an entire staff of Avreichim to serve as mentors. They learn with and advise the boys, are there for them throughout their yeshiva years and beyond, until they become true bnei Torah, marry and establish Torah homes.
Rav Matisyahu Solomon: “Veyishmu rechokim veyavou”
HaGaon HaRav Matisyahu Solomon, Mashgiach of Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, who witnessed first hand the Acheinu”s work in Eretz Yisrael, delivered a rousing address. “Acheinu’s approach to kiruv is to reach out to rechokim in a way that they will see the beauty of limud haTorah and their neshamos will therefore be ignited with the mesikus, the sweetness of Torah.”
Rav Dovid Hofstedter: Returning Hashem’s Children to Him
Rav Dovid Hofstedter, a patron of Acheinu, then gave a moving address based on the possuk that commands every Jew not to ignore lost possessions of a fellow Jew. A Jew must fulfill the mitzvah of hashavas aveida – returning lost items to his friend. Rav Dovid passionately spoke, “If a close friend of ours lost something precious, would we turn aside and not try to help find it?“Rabbosai! Hashem has lost His most precious possession, His children! Hundreds of thousands of Yiddishe kinder are being lost to Yiddishkeit, are wearing nose rings and earrings, are walking around with hair dyed purple and orange! Can we disregard them and not fulfill the mitzvah of hashavas aveidah to Hashem Yisborach Himself?!”