Novardok Yeshiva Dining Room Unfairly Demolished


yerushalayimBy Yossi Krell

Despite the government’s official policy of allowing building to take place in Yerushalayim, it is just not happening. The famed Novardok Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, located on Polansky Street, was in dire need of expansion. The dining room was no longer able to house the hundreds of bochurim of the yeshiva.

Without warning, the city  destroyed the work that was done on the new dining room, even though the yeshiva had the permits and paperwork that allowed it. “Please, just wait until the Rosh Yeshiva returns. He has the paperwork,” said the yeshiva’s hanhalah and talmidim. These words fell on deaf ears. The bulldozers arrived early in the morning and methodically destroyed what was carefully built.

The damage to the property was close to $100,000 aside from the legal fees that were necessary to obtain permission to build in the first place.

The Rosh Yeshiva was in chutz laaretz trying to raise funds in order to complete the building project.

The Novardok Yeshiva was established in Yerushalayim by one of the scions of the mussar movement, Rav Ben Zion Bruk zt”l, who  passed away in 1985. His son and grandson now head the yeshiva, which has over one hundred bochurim and a kollel.

The Novardok Yeshiva  opened many dozens of branches throughout Russia. The Steipler Gaon, Rav Yaakov Yisroel Kanievsky zt”l, was a talmid of the Novardok Yeshiva in Russia before he arrived in Eretz Yisroel.

The Rosh Yeshiva, upon learning what had transpired, tearfully remarked, “Al churvosayich Yerushalayim – on your destroyed buildings, oh Yerushalayim,” quoting from the liturgy of Tisha B’Av.

{Five Towns Jewish Times/ Newscenter}


  1. R’ Shach zt”l was also a Maggid Shiur in Navordik for a tekufa in Europe and again in Yerushalyim under R’ Bentzion!

  2. This is an ongoing problem in Yerushalayim,, join with all those who are demonstrating against the building freeze. JOIN THE CLUB..

  3. I feel sorry for those who demolished the dining room of the Novardok Yeshiva. They must have a huge complaint against them in Shamayim.

    Hashem should help those guilty to do teshuva.

    THe Alter of Novardok was a Tzadik Gamur.

  4. Sorry guys, but you got the story wrong. There has been a court order in effect for over a year that the place was to be torn down. And the yeshiva was given notice and given notice and given notice. You don’t build on a parking lot without a valid permit – even if you are the holy Novardok Yeshiva. In Brooklyn they wouldn’t have waited so long and so patiently for the yeshiva to do it themselves.

  5. Yonkel,

    I lived in that neighborhood for several years. The so called “parking lot” NEVER had a car parked there for years! It’s just some unused property adjacent to the back of the building that was put to use in the best possible way. Why should it be torn down?

    Also, according to the article, “the yeshiva had the permits and paperwork that allowed it”.

    So why the haste to knock it down when the rosh yeshiva is out of town? Something is fishy here…

  6. Rabbaim asks What are we doing wrong that Hashem is letting these things happen??

    the sins applying to bain adam l’chaveiro &

    when klal yisroel is in peace with one another then hashem grants success to EVERYONE


  7. #2,

    please use a differen moniker. Who are you attempting to impersonate? Why are you attempting to impersonate? Does it make you feel good? Vindicated? Does it resolve your problems?

  8. I am totally confused, i have used the surname of “truth be told” from the inception of Matzav, am I missing something?

  9. #14,

    I had that surname since October of 2007, on a different site. That’s verifiable. I would appreciate you find a different moniker.

    Interesting to note how you would express yourself in similar fashion, but say things I never would. I am flattered by the impersonation