PHOTO ROUNDUP: Hagaon Rav Aryeh Finkel’s Historic Trip to Lakewood

PHOTOS: (Album 1, Album 2) “I’ve hosted Baruch Hashem many Gedolim in the past on numerous occasions, and Lakewood has rav aryeh 1has never seen such a trip,” says Reb Baruch Jeremias, the philanthropist who hosted Hagaon Rav Aryeh Finkel during his historic trip to Lakewood this week. “The Kavod that the Town and the Lakewood Roshei Yeshivah gave him has no bounds.”

The Rosh Yeshivah, approximately 90 years old, who serves as the Rosh Yeshivah of MIR Brachfeld in Eretz Yisroel, met thousands of Balei Batim, Yeshivah Leit, Bachurim and children from all walks of life during his two-day visit in Lakewood.

“Seeing thousands singing ‘Yumim’ and the thousands of children wearing white shirts as they greeted him outside – this was the nicest thing ever,” says Reb Baruch.

R’ Baruch related how the Rosh Yeshivah before each bite he would take of the minimal food he ate, would whisper “Chasdei Hashem Farr Guteh Frucht”, (Thank Hashem for the good fruits) or “Chasdei Hashem Farr Guteh Kaveh.” “It was amazing to watch,” says Reb Baruch.

During his visit, which is his first-ever visit to America, the Rosh Yeshivah, visited multiple Yeshivas and personally met with hundreds who sought his advice and Brachos. The Rosh Yeshivah was also honored with Sandik at a Bris, Upsherins and more.

“He touched so many people’s lives in the short time he was here,” Reb Baruch says.

When leaving Lakewood, with a police escort, the Rosh Yeshivah turned to Reb Baruch and said, “Dee Tzaros, Un Alleh Dee Yeshuos Vus Klal Yisroel Darf, Gait Mitgain Mit Mir in Yerushalayim, Un Biz Main Kever. Klal Yisroel Gait Durich a Bittera Galus. Di Tzaros Dricked Mein Hartz Shreklach.” (The problems, and all the salvations the people need, will come along with me to Yerushalayim, and until my Kever. Yidden are going through terrible times. The problems hurt my heart terribly).


(Photos provided by the Lakewood Shopper and Rafoel Langsam)

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  1. R Boruch is from the greatest bal tzedakah of our generation. The pictures and things you read about is only one in a thousand of what he really does. Rosh hayeshivas from small yeshivas in eretz yisroel & small yeshivas across America (St. Louis Chicago detroit …)from smaller towns all know to come to R Boruchs home.

  2. I’ve seen in the past couple months many rosh hayeshivas coming to Barry’s home. Like 8 weeks ago I saw a very very chosiv rosh hayeshiva who’s a little off the radar (he’s not from the east coast). Speaking that night with Barry he stated I pride myself the my home is a home to Rabonim Rosh Hayeshiavos … Any time day or night….. Wow how lucky I am to be your neighbor. You have a great influence on the younger bal habatim of this town. You lead the way by example in how tzadakah should be given,
    Thank you

  3. There’s no one like Barry when it comes to Tzedaka. He has open checkbook for anyone who comes through his door. He’d rather it stay off the radar because he does thing b’tznius, but it’s time we are mefarsim that we have a gadol B’tzedaka in our midst. Barry I’m mekaneh you with how giving you are. Ashrecha!

  4. Al though I never heard of R Aryeh before, its clear from what Ive read about him recently he is not just a reg Rosh Yeshiva and “Ah Feiner Yid”; this is a very lofty individual. Lakewood was lucky to host him Bichlal and HaGaon R’ Boruch, a gadol on Tzedaka, was lucky to host him, BiFrat.

  5. To #5, Farkert! Barry is happy I published that he’s a Baal Tzedaka so he can now help many more yidden who are in need. R’ Boruch will never say no. Just ask!

  6. Wow it’s so nice the reb Aryeh finkel came to visit such a gadol like reb Barry!!! Reb Baruch would not like an article about agadol in klal yisroel having comments how Barry is such a gadol! Let’s not lose focus here folks the godal in the story is reb Aryeh finkel and reb Baruch would want it like that

  7. I met Barry today and he was a different person. He related that R’ Aryeh is a Tzadik Nister that has now been mekadesh America by walking on the soil of Lakewood Ihr Hakodesh. To write a nice check to the Mir, Boruch stated is b’h very easy, but to have a Gadol such as R’ Aryeh bring Kedusha to his house required him to bring up his eigeneh level of Kedusha which he apparently was b’h able to accomplish! A Baal Tzedakah AND a Baal Aliyah. An example for all Baalei Batim!

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