Photo Credits: Rabbi Eli Greengart
On Sunday, May 1st Yeshivas Ner Yisroel held an Hachnosas Sefer Torah on its campus. The new sefer was written in memory and in honor of Rabbi Herman Naftoli Neuberger zt”l, the long time President of Ner Yisroel. The sefer was dedicated by the family of Dr. and Mrs. Zev Munk of Houston, TX in memory of Dr. Munk’s parents. The elder Munk’s were Holocaust survivors who met and began their lives after WWII in Switzerland. As their family began to grow they made the decision to move from Switzerland to Ottowa, Canada. Dr. Munk recalled asking his parents why they decided to make this move as they had established a comfortable life for themselves. His parents responded that at that time the intermarriage rate in Switzerland was near 100% and that they had survived the attrocities of Europe with the hope continuing the Jewish tradition not to watch it fade away.
Festivities began with the writing of the final letters of the Sefer Torah by yeshiva Rebbeim, members of the Neuberger family, members of the Munk family and the Rosh HaYeshiva HaRav Aharon Feldman shlit”a. This was followed by a gala lunch held in the Yeshiva’s new simcha room. Members of the Yeshiva hanhala including various Rabbeim, Rabbi Boruch Neuberger and the Rosh HaYeshiva HaRav Aharon Feldman shlit”a joined the Munks to marvel at the beautiful new sefer. Divrei bracha were given by Rabbi Boruch Neuberger, Dr. Munk as well as by the Rosh HaYeshiva. After lunch the procession to bring the new sefer to the yeshiva beis medrash began. Hundreds of yeshiva talmidim led the procession from the dining room to the yeshiva beis medrash. Amidst live music and lively singing and dancing the sefer was brought to its new home inside the Ner Yisroel Aron Kodesh. Families and children from those who live on the Yeshiva campus as well as from the greater Baltimore community came to watch and participate in this event of Kavod HaTorah.