Video, Photos: 30,000 Attend Bnei Brak Levaya for Burned Vizhnitzer Sifrei Torah

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sifrie-torah-burned[Video and photos below.] Today, tens of thousands of people gathered for the levaya of the eleven Sifrei Torah that got burned on Thursday evening, the first night of Chol Hamoed in Eretz Yisroel, at the Vizhnitzer Bais Medrash on Rechov Toras Yisroel in Bnei Brak.

The mispallelim tried to save the burning Sifrei Torah from the aron kodesh, but were only able to save three of the Sifrei Torah that were housed there. 

The fire was caused by a malfunction in the electric fan inside the aron kodesh.

Today’s levaya began at 2 p.m. with the recital of Tehillim, posuk by posuk.

Rav Shmuel Halevi Wosner, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Chachmei Lublin and author of Shu”t Shevet Halevi, addressed the massive crowd, exhorting them to work on kavod bais haknesses.

The crowd was also addressed by Rav Moshe Yehudah Leib Landau, rov of Bnei Brak, and Rav Yisroel Hager, son of the Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Bnei Brak.

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe of Bnei Brak was in his room adjacent to the Vizhnitzer Bais Medrash and participated in the atzeres tefillah from there.

At 5 p.m., the burned Sifrei Torah, which had been placed in earthenware vessels, were carried in a procession led by the Vizhnitzer Rebbe.

An estimated 30,000 people participated in the levaya.

Click below for video:

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See photos of the levaya below:

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{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Newscenter}

8 COMMENTS

  1. 30000 people did not go to work to do this? kavod Ha Torah is paramount, but this could have been done Motze Shabbat, not in the middle of a weekday.

  2. IF YOU RATHER GO TO WORK THAN ATTEND THE LEVAYAH, NOBODY IS STOPPING YOU.
    APPARENTLY, THE BNEI BRAK PEOPLE FEEL DIFFERENTLY.
    EVEN IN YERUSHOLAYIM LEVAYOS WERE POSTPONED FOR KVOD HATORAH, ALBEIT SELDOM.

  3. ” Lets not forget the message not how many people attended, Rabbi vosner said clearly Talking in shule is a cause as well as the following Ahava for each other (Viznitz currently lacks that)Loshan Hora, and Respecting parents. It happened after all in viznitz there was a very clear message, if your not going to up keep what is in the torah the torah refuses to stay with you.

  4. Interesting how poster number 4 talks about how this happened because of lashon horah and he himself immediately writes what it as a minimum lashon horah and really is rechilus.
    If it weren’t so sad, it might be funny.

  5. #1 there’s one thing missing from the matzav article… the chosen day wasn’t random. The beis din there paskened not to do it on Yom Tov (chol hamoed) but to wait until after, and since the kehilla fasts and there’s an inyan not to fast for 7 days after the YT, Thursday was the day they can fast and do the levaya.

  6. Please for your own sake lets keep this forum a place where we see and only say postive about our dear brothers.
    – This is a message for all but viznitz were choosen because Bikrovay Ukadesh.
    We have on this same web site the Urbushken case where we are showing proud of being united.
    unity means without judging!

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