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Rabbeinu HaKadosh zy”a prepared these matzos with his own holy hands.

Maran Sar HaTorah Rabbeinu HaKadosh zy”a prepared these matzos with his own holy hands. As they baked, he proclaimed: “Those who receive these matzos will merit yeshuah and cheirus olamim!” Less than three weeks before his petirah, weak and tired, he made these matzos on behalf of the yeshivah, to support its thousands of talmidim, avreichim and rabbanim. Motzei Shabbos, Parshas Ki Tisa, 5782

Erev Shabbos, Parshas Ki Sisa, Bnei Brak: The city hustles and bustles, as
men, women and children prepare to greet the Shabbos Queen.
In the midst of this glorious tumult, a truck crane drives up to a busy corner.
Passersby stop to look. A crane? Now? Erev Shabbos? Right next to the
house of Maran Sar HaTorah?
They don’t have time to watch. It’s erev Shabbos. But they can see from the
corner of their eyes. Workers unload iron columns and construct a new
structure right next to Maran’s porch.
Amazement grows. Rav Chaim Kanievsky is weak. It has been a while since
he received visitors. Three times a day minyanim are held in his home and he
forges on with his unparalleled learning schedule, but his door is closed to the
public. What’s the purpose of this new structure?
The mystery is solved on Motzei Shabbos, when the staff of the Beit Shemesh
matzah bakery arrives to transform Maran’s study into a matzah bakery. The
oven is located in the new structure right outside his door.
Yes! Last year, Maran Sar HaTorah made time to bake matzah for the friends
and supporters of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo. This year, despite his weakness,
Maran is going to put forth the effort to bake matzos and to give a brachah to
yeshivah supporters.
The staff of yarei Shamayim wait for Maran Sar HaTorah to enter the study.
Despite the excitement and enthusiasm, uncertainty hovers. Will Maran be
able to pour the water, roll the matzos, supervise the staff and check each
and every matzah — like he did last year?
The door opens, and Rav Shalom Ber Sorotzkin enters. He returned from the
United States on erev Shabbos so that he could be present at this special
occasion.
He understands that this rare event may never happen again.
A clarinet is heard in the background. The musician who has been invited to
add ambiance to the event plays emotional tunes of Hallel and those present
continue waiting excitedly.
Slowly the door to Maran’s study opens. Rav Chaim Kanievsky enters the
room together with his son, Rav Yitzchak Shaul. Slowly he looks around,
taking in all the details of the quickly constructed matzah bakery.
Then he announces: Water, flour

Rav Chaim pours the water and then sits and watches, taking in every detail.
The dough is mixed, the matzah rolled out and then he slowly opens his hand
to grasp the “redler.” Rav Chaim himself makes the holes in the matzah.
Lively music plays in the background and the staff breaks out in song. They
sing as they work, rolling out dough and placing the matzah in the oven.
Lucky are those who merit to be part of this momentous occasion!
Excitement builds. A long row of thin, crispy matzah are lined up in the special
matzah holder. They are brought before Maran Sar HaTorah, who checks
them one by one. They receive his approval.
Then the clarinet stops. Silence. All strain to hear every word of the brachah
that Maran Sar HaTorah gives to those who receive these matzos, the
supporters of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo: Kol Tuv. Yeshuah and Cheirus
Olamim.

One more step remains before the matzos can be packaged. Another
important step, but one that is done privately. Rebbetzin Kanievsky, the wife
of Rav Yitzchak Shaul Kanievsky, is mafrish challah from these matzos.
Now the matzos, prepared and baked with mesirus nefesh by Rav Chaim
Kanievsky, are ready to be shipped.
But then, avel gadol. Mourning. On erev Shabbos, Parshas Tzav, Shushan
Purim 5782, Maran Sar HaTorah suddenly returns his neshamah to his
Creator.
We cannot comprehend the magnitude of our loss.
And these matzos? These matzos take on new significance. They were made
during the last event with Rav Chaim Kanievsky’s participation.
These matzos were one of the last things that Rav Chaim Kanievsky made
with his own hands.
And they were made for the supporters of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo. Ashreinu.

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Start of Winter Zman, Tishrei 5784/2023
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Kvod HaTorah! More than 4500 families of rabbanim and avreichim of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo received a pre-Yom Tov package.
Kvod HaTorah! More than 4500 families of rabbanim and avreichim of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo received a pre-Yom Tov package.

Thousands of families of avreichim and rabbanim of the Ateres Shlomo network throughout Eretz Yisroel received a unique Ateres Shlomo pre-Yov Tov chalukah this morning.
After weeks of careful planning of the complex logistics, the Yom Tov chalukah took place at fifteen different places throughout the country. Thousands of families were recipients of this unique distribution that the yeshivah runs annually.
Each family of avreichim and rabbanim received a package that included everything a family needs for Yom Tov: a carton of meat, carton of chicken, package of soda and a box of candies and chocolate L’Kavod Yom Tov and for v’samachta b’chagecha.
The meat and chicken were from a mehudar shechitah supervised by the Rabbanim of Yeshivah Ateres Shlomo along with the kashrus of Shearis Yisroel. The chocolate and snacks were also a special run for the distribution of Yeshivah Ateres Shlomo under the supervision of the Rabbanim of the yeshivah and with the Shearis Yisroel hechsher.
The distribution took place in fifteen different areas throughout the country. During the night, more than 4500 Yom Tov packages were transferred to the distribution areas, a project that required complex planning in and of itself. Distributions took place in Yerushalayim, Bnei Brak, Beit Shemesh, Modiin Illit, Beitar Illit, Petach Tikvah, Achisamach, Ofakim, Elad, Telzstone and Charish. There were more than one distribution centers in somef the bigger cities.
The administration of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo and the yeshivah’s “Keren Tomchei Torah,”who spent nights and days over the last few weeks planning the distribution, expressed their satisfaction at the successful completion of the monumental chalukah for the families of avreichim and rabbanim. The operation achieved its goal of enabling the families of ameilim b’Torah to enjoy Yom Tov without worry, as befitting legyono shel Melech! In addition to the annual distribution, close to 1000 alumni of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo in the Kiryas HaYeshivah received a special Yom Tov gift, a 1000 NIS voucher to purchase jewelry at
the Noble jewelry stores as an expression of appreciation for eishes chaver.

 

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Kvod HaTorah! More than 4500 families of rabbanim and avreichim of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo received a pre-Yom Tov package.
Ateres Shlomo Sukkos 2022
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Baruch Matziv Gevul Almanah
Baruch Matziv Gevul Almanah

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Baruch Matziv Gevul Almanah: 82 years after the talmidim of the Telshe Yeshivah hy”d were murdered, Rosh Yeshivah of Ateres Shlomo, HaGaon HaRav Shalom Ber Sorotzkin shlit”a redeemed the Telshe Yeshivah building in Lithuania in order to establish a new yeshivah there.

After eighty-two years of desolation, an emotional ceremony was held to return the Telshe yeshivah building in Lithuania to the Rosh Yeshivah of Ateres Shlomo, HaGaon HaRav Shalom Ber Sorotzkin shlit”a, grandson of the Roshei Yeshivah of Telshe.

The famed Telshe Yeshivah was the most prominent yeshivah in Lithuania in the previous decade, after Yeshivas Volozhin closed its doors. The Yeshiva was founded over 160 years ago by HaGaon HaRav Eliezer Gordon ztz”l, who was affectionately known as Reb Laizer Telzer. He was succeeded by his son-in-law, HaGaon HaRav Yosef Yehuda Leib Bloch ztz”l, and then his son HaGaon HaRav Avraham Yitzchak Bloch hy”d who was killed together with the talmidim of the yeshivah on the 20th of Tammuz, 1941.

HaGaon HaRav Shimon Shkop, author of Shaarei Yosher, and HaGaon HaRav Chaim Rabinowitz, called Reb Chaim Telzer, both taught Torah in this yeshivah. Most Lithuanian Torah giants of the generation before the Holocaust learned in this yeshivah, including HaGaon HaRav Elchonon Wasserman hy”d; HaGaon HaRav Naftali Trop ztz”l; HaGaon HaRav Yosef Shalom Kahaneman ztz”l; HaGaon HaRav Yechezkel Abramsky ztz”l; HaGaon HaRav Pogramansky ztz”l; HaGaon HaRav Eliezer Yehudah Finkel and many other Lithuanian greats. The Telshe Yeshivah established the foundations for today’s “yeshivah style” learning and yeshivah structure.

The Yeshivah in Telshe was decimated on the 20th of Tammuz, 1941. Survivors reestablished the yeshivah in the United States. The yeshivah there was headed by HaGaon Harav Elimelech Bloch ztz”l; HaGaon HaRav Chaim Mordechai Katz ztz”l; and then HaGaon HaRav Baruch Sorotzkin ztz”l; HaGaon HaRav Mordechai Gifter ztz”l; and HaGaon HaRav Eizik Ausband ztz”l.

Now, 82 years later, the Lithuanian government has returned the Telshe Yeshivah building to the grandson of the original founders and Roshei Yeshivah, HaGaon HaRav Shalom Ber Sorotzkin shlit”a. HaRav Sorotzkin is Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo, which is a continuation of the Telshe Yeshivah.

This Av, HaRav Shalom Ber Sorotzkin shlit”a and grandchildren of the original Telshe Roshei Yeshivah visited Telshe to redeem the building. They hope to turn the building back into a makom Torah that will be a “yeshivah al kivram.”

During the unique “L’Hashiv Atarah” expedition, the Rosh Yeshivah shlit”a visited Telshe together with the grandchildren of the Roshei Yeshivah of Telshe to redeem the yeshivah building. The talmidim stayed in the yeshivah building for about two weeks and maintained yeshivah sedarim in the legendary beis medrash.

The Rosh Yeshivah spoke emotionally when they ceremoniously entered the yeshivah. “Shal ni’alecha mei’al raglecha: Remove your shoes because we’re now standing on holy ground. We are standing here for the first time that Torah is returning to this holy place. This is sacred ground, on which Gedolei Olam learned Torah and from where they merited to go out to teach Torah to Klal Yisroel. This is what Chazal meant when they said that this stone is like Har Sinai and the one who sits on it is like the luchos habris.

“When the yeshivah was closed, Rav Eliyahu Meir Bloch ztz”l cried and begged that Torah should return here. Until now, foxes walked over it, but we are now meriting to see its return. I think this is the most tangible fulfilment of – nikom li’eineinu nikmas dam avadecha hashafuch.”

“Gedolei Yisroel sat and learned in these daled amos. Every step that we take here is on ground that Kedoshei Elyon stood and learned and discussed Torah with dveikus to Hashem. This is also where they were mekadesh Hashem when they were killed al kiddush Hashem. There are no words to describe this feeling.”

The talmidim entered the yeshivah with a Sefer Torah in their hands and recited the brachah of Baruch matziv gevul almanah. With an emotional rendition of Ashreinu mah tov chelkeinu, the Rosh Yeshivah shlit”a put the mezuzas on the building’s doorposts.

During the trip, there were sidrei limmud in the restored beis medrash and the Rosh Yeshivah shlit”a gave a daily shiur. On Shabbos, the Rosh Yeshivah shlit”a said a shiur klali in the beis medrash, just like the generations of Telshe Roshei Yeshivah before him.

The trip concluded with a special tefillah for the community and individuals at the kevarim of the Roshei Yeshivah, HaGaon HaRav Yosef Yehudah Leib Bloch and HaGaon HaRav Chaim Telzer at the Kovno cemetery and at the mass grave in which the talmidim and Roshei Yeshivah of Telshe are buried.

The trip made a big impression in Lithuania and throughout Europe. During the trip, the Lithuanian Minister of Tourism and Minister of Culture, a delegation of parliament members, the mayor of Telshe and member of the city council, and the head of the Lithuanian National Museum visited the yeshivah building in honor of the historic occasion. The head of the National Museum in Vilna also came to present the talmidim with notebooks and manuscripts of the Roshei Yeshivah of Telshe, some of which were never printed.

Yeshivas Ateres Shlomo is very thankful to Reb Shimon Levinger for initiating the return of the yeshivah building and for arranging the “L’Hashiv Atarah” trip,  for the successful production and arrangement of the trip and for his tremendous dedication to returning the yeshivah building.

Baruch Matziv Gevul Almanah

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