On Sunday, November 13th Kesser Torah (KT) invited the entire Baltimore community to its campus to celebrate in the Chanukas Habayis of its new Bais Medrash. The yeshiva was joined by hundreds of community members as well as local rabbonim and Gedolei Roshei Yeshiva of America. The purpose of the evening was to give shevach to Hakadosh Baruh Hu for the overflowing Siyata d’Shamaya that has allowed KT to grow into a yeshiva of over 130 bochurim on a 40+ acre campus in just six short years.
The evening began with a reception for the many members of the community who have generously partnered with the yeshiva to aid in the renovations required to turn a monastery into a Makom Torah. Following the reception, hundreds headed to the new Bais Medrash where Divrei Bracha from Rav Ahron Feldman, Shlit”a (Rosh Yeshiva, Ner Yisroel); Rav Dovid Schustal, Shlit’a (Rosh Yeshiva, BMG), and Rav Chaim Mintz, Shlit”a (Mashgiach, MTJ of Staten Island) and Rav Yaakov Hopfer, Shlit”a (Mora D’Asra, Shearith Israel). Additionally, a video presenting messages from Rav Yisroel Meir Kagan, Shlit”a and Harav Yitzchok Wasserman, Shlit”a (Roshei HaYeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Chaim of Denver) and Rav Yosef Eichenstein, Shlit”a (Rosh Yeshiva of RJJ Edison) as well as local rabbonim and askanim. Additionally, community members heard Divrei Bracha and Torah from members of the hanhala of KT, including: Rav Tzvi Mordechai Feldheim, Shlit”a (Rosh Mesivta); Rav Nosson Newman, Shlit”a; (Rosh Yeshiva) and Rav Avrohom Feldheim, Shlit”a (Menahel).
The theme of many of the speeches focused on how KT adds an additional jewel to the crown of the Baltimore Jewish community. BH, as the community grows, there has been a need to add additional mosdos. KT has stepped up to the task, allowing Baltimore bochurim to grow by leaps and bounds in Torah and Yiras Shamayim.
Rav Avrohom Feldheim shared words of Hakaras Hatov for all those who assisted in making the new Bais Medrash possible, both financially and with their time.
Following the events, the Sifrei Torah of the yeshiva were brought to the new Bais Medrash amidst dancing and a true show of Kavod HaTorah.
Baltimore is truly blessed to count Kesser Torah among its mosdos haTorah.