Last night, Beth Medrash Govoha of Lakewood, NJ, held a mesibas preidah for Rav Yehudah Jacobs, who after decades of harbotzas haTorah and infusing talmidim at America’s largest yeshiva with hashkofas haTorah and yiras Shomayim, will be moving to Eretz Yisroel. Rav Jacobs has served as a mashgiach at the yeshiva for decades.
About 500 bnei hayeshiva attended the event held in the dining room of the yeshiva, with the participation of the four roshei yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha, as well as the mashgiach, Rav Matisyahu Salomon. Remarks were delivered by the roshei yeshiva, Rav Malkiel Kotler and Rav Yeruchem Olshin; by the mashgiach, Rav Salomon; and by Rav Jacobs.
The event was also attended by various rabbonim of the town, including Rav Shmuel Blech, rov of Khal Anshei Sfard, and Rav Yisroel Reisman, rov of Chateau Park-Ashkenaz.
Rav Jacobs, in his quiet and humble manner, has guided thousands of bnei Torah over the years in countless areas of life. His unique understanding of human nature combined with his yedios haTorah and deep-seeded yiras Hashem have benefited the talmidim of the yeshiva for years. He has served as the address for many people seeking advice and guidance regarding shalom bayis, chinuch habonim, parnassah matters, and a host of other real-life issues.
Rav Jacobs is perhaps most well known among the younger talmidim of the yeshiva for the bi-annual shmuess he delivers each winter zeman and during summer zeman, discussing important issues relating to the parsha of shidduchim and providing practical advice and guidance to the bochurim who are entering the parsha of shidduchim for the first time. In his inimitable manner, Rav Jacobs, with forthrightness and clarity, conveys the hashkafic aspects of shidduchim, and the proper hanhaga to be followed at this important juncture of a bochur‘s life. Rav Jacobs has always provided clear hadracha, explaining how a bochur should look into a shidduch, the proper hanhaga on a date, dealing with financial support, having the proper focus prior to entering the parsha of shidduchim, and more.
Those who have benefited from his keen advice and his insight into human behavior feel fortunate to have had Rav Jacobs serve as a madrich in their lives.
Last night’s gathering was a small expression of gratitude for decades of devotion that can never be properly repaid.