Philanthropists, Residents of Sefat Emet, and One Sefer Torah
As first reported by Bechadrei Charedim over two weeks ago, Philanthropist Avraham Yuda Rosenberg of New York donated a new Sefer Torah in memory of his brother who drowned two years ago in Florida. The Hachnasas Sefer Torah took place in Beis Medrash "Kehal Yitav Lev", right here in Beit Shemesh.
Out of curiosity, where is this Beis Medrash? In the "Kiryas Yoel Satmar" housing complex. This is the same location originally intended for a public institution dormitory, now designated for 100 housing units.
As Mehadrinews originally reported, this is disputed by the neighbors, who point out the spot was originally zoned for public use. The urban building change was done in secret, with no notice given to those who might have something to say about it, and no actual rezoning (Shin'uy Taba). The case is currently in Beis Din
All of which makes the Hachnasas Sefer Torah less than innocent. It appears more like a bold demonstration of conquest by the community, celebrating their "invasion", while the case is still unresolved!
There is a famous Arizal who recommends each Jew to accept upon himself the Mitzvah of loving every Jew before prayer (Magen Avraham 46). A Shul is no place for such Machlokes. And this is not an especially auspicious beginning…
This article first appeared in Hebrew.