Rosh Chodesh Elul finds the airports packed with bochurim and yungeleit running to catch their planes to Eretz Yisroel where they will be learning. We have become accustomed to this scene as it is a natural progression for bochurim learning in Yeshivos to continue their studies in Eretz Yirsroel.
On Tuesday morning, the first day of Rosh Chodesh, five young men joined the hustle and bustle at the airport. These bochurim are talmidim of Yeshivas Be’er Hagolah and the fact that they are heading for a year of learning in Eretz Yisroel can be attributed to the Yeshiva’s mehalech under the leadership of the va’ad hachinuch headed by R’ Elya Brudny, shlita, of instilling in their boys a cheshek and a love for learning. Their Rabbeim work selflessly during Yeshiva hours and after Yeshiva hours to accomplish this.
Rabbi Mordechai German, Rosh Hamosad of Be’er Hagolah stated that these boys are our crown jewels. Every yeshiva has to have an “echad min haelef” – one in a thousand who go onto greatness. These boys are our “echad min ha’elef”. Sending them to Eretz Yisroel is the briach hatichon of Be’er Hagolah.
The scene at the airport was heartwarming as the bochurim said good bye to their parents, to Rabbi German, to their menhael, Rabbi Fishman and to their Rabbeim, Rabbi Singer and Rabbi Grunhut, who deserve so much of the credit along with Rabbi Avi Davidowitz and their other Rabbeim, for these boys’ growth in Torah. When one of the Rabbeim at the airport was asked why he took the time to come down, he answered “‘vshinantam l’vanecha’ Wouldn’t I go to the airport for my own son?
Be’er Hagolah, with its ongoing policy of never turning away a child for financial reasons, struggles to meet its budget each year. And yet when the Rabbeim felt that these boys are worthy of and would gain tremendously from a year of learning in Eretz Yisroel away from the distractions of their home life, the Hanhalla jumped in to make sure it would happen. This took place at the time of Rebbetzin German’s yartzeit and a campaign was launched to see if the Yeshiva could raise money as a z’chus for her neshama so that students of Be’er Hagolah who she loved so and to whom she dedicated her life could continue to shteig in their learning. A substantial amount of money was raised but not enough to cover all the expenses. Yet the hanhala forged ahead, purchasing tickets, signing tuition contracts and assuring the boys that they have nothing to worry about.
No detail was left to chance as Be’er Hagolah arranged to have the boys picked up and brought to the airport and vans were arranged in Eretz Yisroel to pick the boys up from the airport and bring them to their respective Yeshivos. Housing and chavrusos were arranged for boys who will be arriving a few days before the start of their Yeshiva. Before the boys departed, each was presented with a siddur embossed with their names, to take along with them.
It was a special day for the boys and for those who guided them throughout all these years. Klal Yisroel will surely have nachas from these bochurim.