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Many Attend the Inauguration of a New Beit Knesset and Hachnasat Sefer Torah in Ashdod

A special event was held for the inauguration of a new Beit Knesset and Hachnasat Sefer Torah in the Mercaz Olei Tzarfat (Center for New Immigrants from France) in Ashdod in the presence of rabbis and important guests.

Aharon Roth 20/10/2009 15:41
Last Sunday many participants attended the inauguration of a new Beit Knesset together with a Hachnasat Sefer Torah in the City Quarter in Ashdod. It was donated and written in memory of the late Hanna bat Yimnah and Aharon ben Aisha Mor Yosef a"h. It was brought amidst great magnificence to the Beit Knesset for French immigrants where Torah activities are conducted for the children of immigrants, under the auspices of the mezakei harabim HaRav Rabbi Raphael Pinto shlit’a, rav of the community in Lyon, France, and the son of HaGaon HaTzaddik Rabbi David Chananyah Pinto shlit’a, head of the “Orot Chaim v’Moshe” Institutions in Israel and abroad. Important guests from Israel and abroad participated in the event.

With the arrival of HaGaon HaTzaddik Rabbi David Pinto shlit’a in Eretz Yisrael in the afternoon, he immediately headed toward his Beit Midrash “Orot Chaim v’Moshe” in Rova Gimmel in Ashdod. There, he gave opening remarks for the strengthening of the winter zman for the Yeshivah Gedolah students led by the HaRav HaGaon Rabbi Shlomo Revivo shlit’a. In his remarks he mentioned the statement of Chazal, “Fortunate is the one who comes here and his Talmud is in his hand.”

“One can see the light on the students’ faces as they begin to study and delve into the Torah,” he commented. He mentioned in the name of the baalei mussar that one must have intention that one’s study will bring him to deeds and in that way he will merit to have sayata d’Shamayah.

He said furthermore that the sublime days we had last month are essentially the receptacle for success in Torah study at the beginning of the new winter zman in the world of Torah.

Soon after that there was a reception with the Rav for the broader public who came to receive his blessing. From there he went to the Hachnasat Sefer Torah and the inauguration of the Beit Knesset which was held in Ulemei Benistal in the city, which was packed to overflowing.

When HaRav HaGaon Rabbi David Pinto shlit’a entered the hall the public rose and burst into singing, “yamim al yamei melech tosif.” Afterwards they sat to eat the seudat mitzvah on beautifully set tables as rabbis and important guests made remarks.

The event was tastefully led by the master of ceremonies HaRav Saadia Deri, one of the congregants of the Beit Midrash “Orot Chaim v’Moshe,” and songs were sung by Mr. Binyamin Buzaglo, one of the greatest singers of Moroccan piyutim in the world.

Speaking words of greeting were the following: Mayor Dr. Yechiel Lesari, Deputy Mayor HaRav Amram Kanfo, HaRav Yochanan Chayut, rav of the El Al Company, and MK Mr. Avraham Michaeli, who represented the participants in the shiurim from immigrants from the FSU Georgia.

After the words of greeting, the guests were honored one by one in writing the last letters in the Sefer Torah while HaGaon HaRav David Pinto shlit’a congratulated the writers with plenty of blessings, that they should have blessing and success in all their endeavors.

The main address was delivered by HaGaon HaRav Rabbi David Pinto shlit’a. His remarks stressed the virtue of writing a Sefer Torah and the importance of saying “for the sanctity of a Torah scroll.” One must perform every mitzvah with the intention of “for the sanctity of…” He told an awesome story about his grandfather, HaRav HaKodesh Rabbi Chaim Pinto ztz’l, who was known to minimize his sleep. Once, he unintentionally put his foot on a chair and there was a holy sefer lying there. Immediately, once he realized it he called his attendant and asked him, “Take this stick and hit my foot,” on the grounds of “how could I have possibly slighted the honor of a holy sefer,” although it was certainly completely unintentional. From here we learn how important it is to relate very seriously to matters of holiness and that we should perform mitzvot with more of a sense of gravity.

Later he described the devotion of his son, HaRav Rabbi Raphael, in disseminating Torah to immigrants from France who settled in Ashdod’s City Quarter. HaRav Rafael began in a small location in the City Quarter, giving Torah classes, “and Baruch Hashem, Hashem has expanded the facilities and we are now today inaugurating the second Beit Knesset. We hope that in the future we will build a large and spacious building.” He concluded his words with a Kabbalat Ol Malchut Shamayim as everyone said “Shema Yisrael” and “Hashem Malach,” and he made a “Mi Sh’Berach” to all the participants.
His son HaRav Raphael Pinto, rav of the kehillah in Lyon, France and of the French immigrants in Ashdod’s City Quarter, concluded the event. In the beginning of his remarks he thanked his father, HaGaon HaRav Rabbi David Pinto shlit’a for all his assistance in uplifting the honor of Heaven in every place. “We see today that there is a thirst for Torah and especially among the young people, something which has not been for many years, and this is what brought us to open a place of Torah among the French immigrants who come and participate in Torah classes.”

“There is no doubt that our success in spreading Torah is because of my father, HaRav HaGaon David Pinto shlit’a, who turns nights into days for the aggrandizement of Torah everywhere. May HaKadosh Baruch Hu give him the strength and the health to further increase to enhance Torah everywhere.”

After the speeches HaRav HaGaon David Pinto shlit’a came to write the last letter in the Sefer Torah and then everyone all together broke out a special dance in honor of the Torah.

It should be noted that Monday evening HaRav HaGaon David Pinto shlit’a delivered a Shiur Merkazi in Ra’anana in the synagogue he recently established, named “Kol Chaim” after his illustrious grandfather, HaRav HaKodesh Rabbi Chaim Pinto zy’a. From time to time HaRav Raphael Pinto gives Torah classes there to regular participants who are mostly immigrants from France. In the synagogue he established a framework for young people who are strengthening their connection to Torah, who set regular times to study Torah in the Beit Knesset and join the shiurei Torah.

The event ended with the public going home with a sense of spiritual expansion and strengthening from witnessing the new expansion and glorification of Torah in Ashdod.

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