Arutz 7 – New Beit Midrash inaugurated at Midreshet Lindenbaum – Lod

“What the State of Israel needs is men and women who take responsibility, display leadership, and go above and beyond”

Minister Matan Kahana spoke at the inauguration of the new beit midrash for Ohr Torah Stone’s Midreshet Lindenbaum branch in Lod. Ya’ir Revivo, Mayor of Lod: “We are marking a year since the riots in Lod, and are so grateful you returned despite the difficulties”

Ido Ben Porat | 16.3. 2022

Photo credit: Shimrit Binyamin

Ohr Torah Stone’s Midreshet Lindenbaum seminary inaugurated a new Beit Midrash this week for the students and staff of its Lod branch and for the women of Lod.

The event was attended by Matan Kahana, Minister of Religious Services; Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone;  Yinon Ahiman, Director General of the Ohr Torah Stone network; Adv. Yair Revivo, Mayor of Lod; Rabbi Ohad Teharlev, Head of Midreshet Lindenbaum; Rabbanit Naama Frankel, Head of the Lod Branch; and students of the seminary.

During the event, certificates of appreciation were presented to the Director General of the Lod Municipality, Aaron Attias, and to the Deputy Mayor and holder of the city’s education portfolio, Yossi Harush, for their great contribution and assistance in establishing the new Beit Midrash. The event concluded with a study session led by Rosh Midrasha Rabbi Udi Abramovich, to celebrate the completion of chapter Shutafim in the Hagiga tractate by the Midrasha’s fifth year students.

“I thank the city of Lod for its warm embrace of Torah education in the city and I thank the seminary, which also contributes a great deal to the city,” said Minister Matan Kahana. “The very fact that you have put your lives on hold to dedicate yourself to study Torah in Lod is exactly what the State of Israel needs – men and women who take responsibility, display leadership, and go above and beyond. I believe that being in Lod and taking an active role in the city while studying Torah prepares you for your future. I hope you will be able to implement what you learned here as you continue your journey in the national and military service.”

“It is heartwarming to see Torah studied while facing the windows and the view,” said Rosh Midrasha Rabbanit Naama Frenkel. “I often ask myself how to inject holiness into youth in a materialistic world. Life in the Beit Midrash has Torah study that is much more than just Torah study; it changes reality and other people’s lives. When we are in a new Beit Midrash that does not yet have an Ark we generate holiness through our love of Torah, our connection to the city, by harnessing ourselves to missions where we are needed, and by taking care to listen to the word of God even when it is not easy, after the riots last year, for we believe that the Torah protects us and is a value that provides security. The new Beit Midrash will bring Torah to the city and protect what it can. The capital and rabbinic resources invested in the building are an expression of trust in the leaders and population of this city, which can become a great center of Torah. The Lubavitcher Rabbi offers an explanation for the verses, ‘And thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south’, according to which even individuals must consider where they should spread to. A youth who gives of himself will go forward and know that he or she has strength and power – to grow in Torah study and give from the heart while doing what brings joy here in Lod and wherever you go.”

Photo credit: Shimrit Binyamin

Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone noted, “The Gemara relates the tale of Rabbi Tarfon and other rabbis who studied in Lod and were asked a question – which is preferable, to become a great Talmud scholar or to do a great deed? To this, everyone answered that the study of Talmud that leads to action is greatest. In Lod of 2022, here at the Midrasha we are witnessing the teaching methods of Rabbanit Naama Frenkel and of Rabbi Udi Abramovich, who combine study with the ability to converse with God. Such study builds us up by fulfilling commandments while finding the time to do good deeds and change conditions in Lod for the better, and so our Talmud does indeed lead to acts of truth. The new Beit Midrash will help us continue to improve, and we are grateful to the municipality of Lod for their great support of the Midrasha’s activities.”

Lod mayor, Adv. Yair Revivo, added: “Yesterday was International Women’s Day and the Lod branch of Midreshet Lindenbaum brings the message of Women’s Day to Lod. Every place of Torah in Lod is blessed, and even more so when it is for women. We are marking a year since the riots in Lod and we thank you for returning despite the difficulties. You purify the atmosphere through Torah, and for that we bless you.”

Yinon Ahiman, Director General of Ohr Torah Stone, said: “The city of Lod is a challenging city. On the one hand we see the activity of the Midrasha and the social activity in the community, and on the other hand, there is noticeable tension below the surface. This city is a reflection of our continued struggle for the existence of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel, and we hope that things will be resolved peacefully. ‘The honor of a king’s daughter is internal,’ means that the honor of the female voice lies in the deepest levels of the Torah. Indeed, we see a new generation that has grown up here and will give voice to female Torah and leadership which is needed and requested, as we have reached a generation that needs it. ”

Rabbi Ohad Teharlev, head of Midreshet Lindenbaum, concluded by saying, “In my opinion, what sets the Lod branch apart is its ability to connect Talmud with action. Whoever chose to study here chose a special place. We stand here today to fulfill the purpose of the Tabernacle to worship God and inspire – but it is not clear who is more inspiring to whom.”

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