WATCH: Rechnitz in London Tackles School Acceptance and Tzedakah Giving

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On Sunday evening, noted philanthropist R’ Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles addressed a dinner in London to benefit Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim.

A pin drop could be heard throughout the riveting speech, delivered with eloquence and passion. R’ Shlomo Yehuda shed light on the disturbing issue of children struggling to gain acceptance into schools in our kehillos, a problem that is prevalent in London, as well. His penetrating message was well-received by the overflow crowd of some 1,500 guests, double the usual attendance at the Mir London dinner.

The dais was graced by leading British rabbonim, who welcomed the hanhalah of Mir Yerushalayim, led by the rosh yeshiva, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel.

R’ Shlomo Yehuda also challenged the London audience to increase their giving of tzedakah, quoting the teaching of “Aseir bishvil shetis’asheir. Give maaser, give tzedakah, so that you’ll become rich,” in a powerful message that resonated with his listeners.

R’ Shlomo Yehuda’s poignant remarks, which you can watch below in their entirety, hit the spot, as 70% of the dinner guests – even those who had previously contributed – gave or pledged additional donations after the speech.




  1. It’s way too easy to give advice question is who deals with the consequences of the advice as always there are never any easy answers especially when the people seeking help I was always willing To tow the line

  2. Thank you for that powerful speech.

    I can relate with horrorful memories my own childhood in Yeshiva (the 80’s) when things were different then. I always struggled with my focus on learning concentration in class. I was thrown out expelled countless times. With little support from home & not many outlets of community to turn to. I finally dropped out of Yeshiva at 17. Turned to non Jewish schooling for continuing my education. I won’t get into my level of yiddishkiet now or my Performance of Torah & Mitzvos. But, not with anger or defensiveness I feel that Yeshivah Shul Torah Mitzvos frumkiet or any connection of such is not my first priority at this time.

    I am a successful businessman proud of what I made of myself. I am a respectful honorable thoughtful man. I don’t have anger nor animosity to anyone that hurt me in the past. Not the Rosh or my past teachers or Hanhalas Hamosed.

    However, 1 rejection after another, 1 school after the other. A young tender boy can me scathed forever. I don’t judge anyone or point fingers at any random direction. It’s hard to listen to Mr. Rechnitz without the thought of, what can I have done better, different or the “what if” syndromes.

    Thank you for that speech. Hope the new generation doesn’t have to go through what I did.

    Bless you & please make the right choices.

      • Oh, so that the leaders of this vaad hayeshivos can an have an excess of power to abuse???!!!!

        Just remeber Power corrupts; absolute power, corrupts absolutely!

    • In the ’80s the system ’twas more difficult than now.But some of us persevered, because that what we were created for
      Avos 2:21;Avos 3:19

      But it did take it’s toll .Potentially it cost us the opportunity to also get a career or jumpstart a successful business. We had to choose. Did you?

  3. Nothing will change unless the power players use thier power/influence to effect change! It will unlikely happen from the grassroots. Otherwise it would have happened already.

  4. There is no reason to edit and censor our comments even if you are ignorant of our history in Torah education. Your website is totally biased and has an obvious agenda. Good bye.

  5. Being kicked out of the yeshhiva was the best thing to happen to me. My parents were relieved and the burden was lifted. The public school was loaded with Jewis kids. The good old days.

  6. Stop closing the door on families who want to be in Yeshivos. Hire more teachers, social workers & mashgichim to help children with troubles, we all have troubles.

  7. Tell me for all the exclusion tactics in the yeshiva system. Has the Yeshivas produced a Vilna Goan? Rav Chaim Volozhener? Netziv? Chofetz Chaim? Etc. Etc.

  8. Those kids in London who “struggle” to get into yeshvohs do not end up having no yeshiva to go to and are forced to go to public school. The yeshivohs that they want to get into and are sometimes not accepted are those that have a very good name, and many parents want their kids to go to them not so much because there is a major difference in how their kids will learn, but because every parent wants their child to go to the very best yeshiva. And this is of course impossible because they do not have enough seats for every child in London.
    Therefore the issue of kids getting into the yeshivohs with the best names is not about the success of those children in learning and as such is not of any serious importance to their lives and future.

  9. The issue here is about kids not being able to get into the yeshivohs of their choice, and not that they cannot be accepted anywhere and are forced to get their education elsewhere. So what this is about is that there are some yeshivohs that have made a name for themselves as the top, or the best of yeshivohs. Understandably every parent wants their child do go to the best, because only the best will do.
    That said, those other yeshivohs that are not considered the top, still have good rabeiim, a good hanhala and so forth. And so in the long run, as far as how the child’s future goes, there won’t be any big difference between where exactly he went to cheder and who his 1st grade rebbe was.
    So at the end of the day we are not talking a child’s very future, but about nothing more than a child’s parents getting him into the school of his choice.


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