The annual melava malka of Yeshiva Emek Halacha this past Motzoei Shabbos brought the Lakewood community together in support of a magnificent mosad haTorah.
This sentiment was expressed by Rabbi Yonoson Sanders, the melava malka chairman, who commented on the overflow crowd who came to honor Yeshiva Emek Halacha and its rosh yeshiva, Rav Usher David.
Rav David expounded on the words “Aileh hamishpatim asher tasim lifneihem – mah rishonim miSinai af ailu miSinai.” Why did the Torah use these halachos of bein adam lachaveiro to prove that all laws are from Sinai? Instead, it could have used examples of dinim not so easily understood, like shatnez. The Bartenurah answers this with his own question: Why does Maseches Avos start with “Moshe kibel Torah miSinai,” as opposed to the introduction to the first Mishnah in Maseches Brochos? It is precisely these halachos of kavod of one person toward the next that we need to know is from Sinai and not just human etiquette.
Rav Yaakov Busel, the evening’s guest speaker, spoke about mechiyas Amaleik. Hashem made a shvuah that His Name will not be whole until Amaleik, the source of all evil in this world, is destroyed. “Ki Yad al keis Kah…” In the Bais Hamikdosh, there was a taste of Olam Haba, where the name of Hashem is complete. In the novi Eichah, it says, “Eicha tishtapaychnah avnei kodesh berov chutzos – The holy stones of the Bais Hamikdosh will roll out into the streets.” Rav Busel concluded that wherever there was a “shtaindel” of the Bais Hamikdosh, “dorten hut tzach geflanzt yeshivos.” And wherever you see a successful makom Torah, “dorten hut tzach geflanzt ah Bais Hamikdosh,” and that is Yeshiva Emek Halacha.
The packed crowd enjoyed the beautiful divrei Torah, sumptuous cuisine and organized program. All left infused with great spirit to support Yeshiva Emek Halacha.