Rav Shlomo Kanievsky, continuing his weeks-long trip to the United States in an effort to save his yeshiva, Yeshiva Kiryas Melech in Bnei Brak, will spend this coming Shabbos, Parshas Shelach, in the Los Angeles, CA, community.
Yeshiva Kiryas Melech, one of the most respected institutions of higher Torah learning in all of Eretz Yisroel, is the yeshiva gedolah of Yeshiva Tiferes Tzion, which was founded by Rav Shlomo’s great-uncle, the Chazon Ish, in 1936. After the Chazon Ish’s petirah, Rav Shlomo’s grandfather, the Steipler Gaon, became the primary guide of the yeshiva. In 1985, after the petiros of the Steipler and the yeshiva’s menahel, Rav Yaakov Shneidman, Rav Shlomo stepped in to ensure that the yeshiva established by the Chazon Ish with mesirus nefesh would continue to flourish. And indeed it has.
Subsequently, a yeshiva gedolah, named Kiryas Melech, was established and Rav Shlomo served as maggid shiur. He later assumed full responsibility for the financial burden of the yeshiva, following the guidance of his father, Rav Chaim Kanievsky, and his grandfather, Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, to ensure the growth and vitality of Tiferes Tzion/Kiryas Melech. Rav Shlomo then served as rosh yeshiva together with Rav Shmuel Yaakov Borenstein zt”l and presently with ybl”c Rav Yaakov Carp.
The rabbeim and bochurim of the yeshiva benefit from Rav Shlomo’s breadth of Torah knowledge, his boundless ahavas haTorah, his scintillating shiurim, and his personification of the sterling middos for which his forbears have been known. Under Rav Shlomo’s inspiring leadership, the yeshiva has continued to make its mark, educating talmidim with its trademark approach.
But today, the yeshiva is at crossroads. Facing crushing financial realities, funds need to be raised in order to ensure the survival of this Torah citadel. In an effort to rescue the yeshiva, Rav Shlomo is traveling across the world, reaching out to good Jews wherever they may live for their assistance.
This weekend’s visit to Los Angeles comes on the heels of a massive asifa held this week in Lakewood, NJ, as part of the global “Connecting to Greatness” campaign to save Yeshiva Kiryas Melech. The event featured addresses from Rav Chaim Mordechai Ausband, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ateres Shlomo, Rav Bentzion Hakohein Kook and Rav Dovid Cohen.
“The campaign for Yeshiva Kiryas Melech is not simply yes or no, to assist or not to assist,” Rav Ausband stressed. “It’s a campaign for the very vitality of this makom Torah!”
Rav Kook read an unprecedented letter from Rav Chaim Kanievsky in honor of the event, stressing the zechus of participating in this campaign of hachzokas haTorah.
This Shabbos, Rav Shlomo will be in Los Angeles, where he will be hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Elli Zemel. Friday night, Rav Shlomo will daven Mincha and Kabbolas Shabbos at Kehillas Yavneh, which is led by Rav Shlomo Einhorn and located at 5353 West 3rd Street. Shabbos morning, Rav Shlomo will daven Shacharis at 8:45 a.m. at Khal Zichron Moshe, which is led by Rav Shmuel Einhorn and located at 7200 Beverly Blvd. He will deliver a shiur at 6:15 p.m. at Kollel Los Angeles, which is led by Rav Shmuel Fasman and located at 7216 Beverly Blvd, and then daven Mincha at the kollel. Seudah shlshis will follow at Khal Etz Chaim-Bais Moshe Yitzchok, which is led by Rav Chaim Boruch Rubin, located at 301 South Highland Avenue.
On Sunday morning, June 30, a special asifa will be held at Kanner Hall, located at 7269 Beverly Blvd. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 10 a.m. Opening remarks will be delivered by Rav Shlomo Einhorn, rov of Yeshivat Yavneh. Divrei hisorerus will be delivered by Rav Eliezer Menachem Niehaus, R”M at Yeshivas Tiferes Yisroel and rosh kollel of Kollel Zichron Aharon Yaakov of Modiin Illit, who will convey a personal message from Rav Chaim Kanievsky. Divrei chizuk will be delivered by Rav Shlomo Kanievsky.
The event will feature the national premiere of “Glimpse into Greatness,” a full length documentary about Rav Chaim Kanievsky.