This past Sunday, Isru Chag Pesach, was the trip for alumni fathers and their sons with Rav Bina to Gedolim. Besides for visiting Gedolei Torah to get Brachot and ask questions, the day also included breakfast on the porch of the Yeshiva with YNA Rabbanim, and a tour of Yeshivat Ponevezh with Rav Bina in Bnei Brak. Click here for the Gallery.
From the Participants

 

Shlomo Yehuda Singer (almost 12 years old)

I woke up this morning to a surprise, a tiyul with my Abba & brothers. Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh served us a fancy breakfast and took us to meet a log of gedolim.

First we went to Rav Nebenzahl, who gave us chizuk and brochos.
Next, we took a bus to Givat Hamivtar to Rav Shlomo Amar who said Hamalach haGoel and bentched all of the children together.

After that we got back on the bus and drove to Bnei Brak. There we went to Rav Berel Dov Povarsky and got berachos from himalso. Then we walked to Rav Gershon Edelstein’s house and got berachos. After that we walked to Yeshivas Ponovezh and saw the big beautiful gold Aron HaKodesh and had our pictures taken there. From there we went to Rav Shraga Shteinman and sat around the table and spoke to the Rosh HaYeshiva. We got brachos and enjoyed the special ruchniyosdik atmosphere.

Last, we went to Rav Gilai, who gave berachos and danced and sang with the children and their fathers.
I want to say thank you to Rav Bina and the Ramim/Rebbaim and everyone else who worked hard to organize such a special day. I also want to say a very big thank you to Rav Liberman, the wonderful gabbai who took us around today with a lot of patience.
I can’t wait until next time….
Shlomo Yehuda Singer

 

From Sam Kadish (5763-64 66)

As we finished a delicious breakfast across from the Holy of Holies (i.e., on the YNA porch) Rav Bina Shlit”a regaled our group with stories of how his father instilled in him Emunas Chachamim and the importance of visiting with and receiving brochos from Gedolei Yisroel. Having heard many of these stories when I was in Yeshiva and specifically before my Shana Bet’s trip to Bnei Brak, I considered how Rav Bina and the Yeshiva instilled these values in myself and my fellow alumni. While we may not have the exact same hashkafah as Rav Shteinman zt”l, Rav Mordechai Eliyahu zt”l, or even Rav Nebenzahl Shlit”a, we all know it would be ludicrous to not recognize who these giants are, what they do for Klal Yisroel, and value every opportunity spent with them.

With these ideas in mind, we headed to our first stop at Rav Nebenzahl’s apartment. It was a natural beginning for this trip: many of us first interacted with a true Gadol b’Yisroel in Netiv Aryeh, gaining from the presence of Rav Nebenzahl Shlit”a in our beis medrash. And now Netiv Aryeh was bringing us full circle, seating our children at his table.

Our next stop was with Rav Shlomo Amar Shlit”a in Beit Knesset Ahavat Shalom near French Hill. Hearing divrei Torah from the Rishon L’tzion and current Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim on Mimouna was a truly unique privilege, and his words on holding onto the kedusha of the seder and making sure it permeates sefira through matan torah,had a special resonance on this trip filled with past holiness and bringing it to the next generation.Upon arriving in Bnei Brak, we made our way to Rav Berel Povarsky Shlit”a, giving us another opportunity to revisit our Yeshiva experiences and pass them on to our children. In addition to Rav Povarsky’s warmth and good-humor, we enjoyed his telling us stories not only about Gedolim from previous generations but also about his chevrusa with “Yankel” (Rav Yaakov Katz Shlit”a) and his memories of “Aryeh Leib Binosovski” (Rav Aryeh Bina zt”l).

After taking a short tour of the Ponovezh Yeshiva and making sure I took a few minutes to learn in the beis medrash (I look forward to saying, “Why yes I did shteig during my time in Ponovezh” in many conversations to come), we made our way to Rav Gershon Edelstein Shlit”a, where there was literally a line of people going out the front of his apartment and down three flights of stairs, everyone waiting for the honor of being in his presence and receiving his bracha.

Next, we met with Rav Shraga Shteinman Shlit”a. Rav Shraga shared with us various stories about his upbringing and his father, Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman zt”l. He made it clear that the best way to educate our children is by being a “role model”.

Our final stop before Mincha was to Rav Shimon Galayi Shlit”a and what a way to end our journey! Honestly, I am not sure which was the most moving: his enthusiasm, his message that we should inspire our children to develop their emunah p’shuta with simcha, or that upon finishing his divrei Torah he led us in singing songs and praise to Hashem and dancing.

To wrap up such a special day, it was very fitting that in a completely organic way I found myself lined up with everyone else waiting to receive a bracha from our Rosh HaYeshiva, Rav Bina Shlit”a.

One final observation that I wanted to share is that when I recall Rav Bina introducing us to these Gedolim on our Bnei Barak tour during yeshiva, he exuded a very obvious nachas over his talmidim but I can confidently say that when he introduced our group as alumni, who have made aliyah, and these are our sweet children we are raising in Eretz Yisroel , he was genuinely beaming as I am sure Yaakov Avinu was over Ephraim and Menashe.

I would like to express my tremendous thanks and hakaras hatov to Rav Dani Bader, Rav Lieberman (the “Shamash Extraordinaire” in Bnei Brak), Rav Varon, Rav Tzvi, Rav Chanan, and of course to our Rosh HaYeshiva, Rav Bina Shlit”a for this wonderful trip, and I look forward to the next fantastic alumni event.