Tens of thousands of children, parents, and melamdim gathered for an historic and uplifting occasion led by gedolei yisroel for the laying of the hanachas even hapinah for the new buildings of the “Ateres Shlomo” yeshiva in Kiryat Ayelet Hashachar in Bnei Brak.
The special event was held under the leadership of Maran Hagaon Reb Dov Lando shlit’a, Maran Hagaon Reb Baruch Mordechai Ezrachi shlit’a, Maran Hagaon Reb Berel Povarski shlit’a, Maran Hagaon Reb Moshe Hillel Hirsch shlit’a, and Maran Hagaon Reb Boruch Vaisbeker Shlit’a. Palpable excitement was felt by the crowd upon seeing Rav Hirsch shlit’a who hadn’t left his home in the recent past.
Participants included the Roshei Hayeshiva of the “Ateret Shlomo” yeshiva; Reb Chaim Feinstein shlit’a, Reb Chaim Mordechai Ozband shlit’a, and Hagaon Reb Sholom Ber Sorotzkin shlit’a, the rabbis of the city of Bnei Brak, public figures, and administrators of the talmudei torah.
The gedolei Yisrael spoke in praise of the special mokom torah that is being built to raise thousands of talmidim to become talmidei chachamim.
The mayor, Rabbi Avraham Rubinstein said that there is no better place than the Torah city – Bnei Brak in which to build a new Talmud Torah which will imy’H beautify the new neighborhood. The mayor announced that buildings for the “Ateres Shlomo” yeshiva will be built in this complex, and he praised the staff of his office for their tremendous help, in particular Harav David Finkel.
After that, the fire was lit lechoved hatano Reb Shimon bar Yochai ZY’A, by gedolei yisroel and the benefactors of the Yeshiva. The ceremony concluded with great joy as thousands of children and their parents returned to their homes all over the country.
The event was coordinated with great success by Halperin Productions and will be remembered for generations to come by the residents of Bnei Brak.
Participating in the Kinus were also: rav Shevach Tzvi Rozenblat, Rav Soriel Rozenberg, Rav Yehuda Silman, Rav Yekutiel Abuchatzira, Rav Amrom Frid, Rav Mashud Ben Shimon, Rav Nisim Ben Shimon, Rav Mordechai Shmuel Edelstein, Rav Ytzchok Shaul Kanievsky, Rav Moshe Aharon Pinkus, Rav Yaakov Vainfeld, Rav Yisrael Vizel, Rav Uziel Shraiber, Rav Yosef Dayvis.