On the weekend of Parshas Behar, Lakewood friends, parents and alumni gathered to greet the Roshei Yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, HaGaon HaRav Aryeh Malkiel Kotler and HaGaon HaRav Yeruchim Olshin, visiting LA for the Yeshiva’s Annual Shabbos of Chizuk and Community Reception.
A beautiful Shabbos was enjoyed by all as the community united to daven and spend time with the Roshei Yeshiva in various shuls and homes, and to hear their divrei Torah v’bracha. Many came forward to express their friendship and hakoras hatov, and the expression of chizuk was mutual indeed.
The Roshei Yeshiva, who have made numerous trips to LA over some thirty years, were impressed to encounter greater numbers of Bnei Torah than ever before, and warmly admired the clear and observable impact of local Kollelim and klei kodesh on the kehila as a whole.
On Sunday morning, a beautiful breakfast reception was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Manoucheri for the Pico Robertson/Beverly Hills community. All the Roshei Yeshiva and the Mashgiach shlita have had the opportunity to join the community for past events with the exception of HaRav Yeruchim shlita, who was very pleased to be mashlim the circle. Bereaved of his father over Pesach, Mr. Manoucheri commented on the hashgacha pratis of being able to dedicate a special event to benefit Beth Medrash Govoha l’iluy nishmas Mr. Said Manoucheri a”h, paid tribute to his father’s lifetime of emunah peshuta. The Rosh HaYeshiva also paid tribute to the occasion, underscoring the relationship of emunah to Sefiras HaOmer.
On Sunday evening, a large turn out filled Moshe Ganz Hall for the Annual Community Reception, a tradition hosted for many years by the late Dr. Charles Abbott a”h and now carried on by his family. The evening recognized the impact of numerous Lakewood Rabbinic alumni who serve the kehila in leadership roles. The Rosh HaYeshiva spoke about the transformative nature of Torah and how it illuminates and elevates the everyday substance of life, noting how the light of the Menorah shone upon the Shulchan. Special Guest Speaker Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff reflected on the influence of Moreinu HaGaon HaRav Aharon Kotler zt”l, the great builder of Torah in America, whose efforts and notable talmidim had a direct impact on LA. “It’s a personal chizuk to spend time in a community whose Ahavas HaTorah is integral, and whose Kavod HaTorah is demonstrated in so many ways,” said Beth Medrash Govoha’s Rabbi Binyomin Spear, the campaign coordinator, “Thanks to all who participated and support the continuous growth of Torah at the Yeshiva today.”