שבת אחדות at the Yeshivah Centre

On the 3rd of Iyar, שבת פרשת אמור, the Yeshivah centre saw fit to commemorate the anniversary of Rabbi Groner’s birth with a themed date of unity. All shules and institutions financially affiliated with the centre Davened together. This was also the Yohr Tzeit of Moshe Zalman Feiglin ז’ל described by Rabbi Telsner as the “Avraham Avinu” of the community.

Rabbi Groner was always prepared to go the extra mile, even when gravely ill, to wish Happy Birthday to someone else.

It was nice to sit in a packed shul where a wide cross-section of ages was represented. In addition, rather than a normal shabbos, this shabbos was designed to promote cooperation and tolerance. I attended Shule and a little of the Kiddush/Farbrengen afterwards. I would have liked to have heard the guest speaker Farbreng first, but I understand why they did it in this way, inviting representatives of each Minyan to speak.

While I was standing during קריאת התורה two things struck me:

  1. The number of people who were מחמיר to stand during קריאה
  2. The silence and decorum.

One of the things Rabbi Groner ז’ל used to constantly bemoan was the incessant chatter and “wandering” that took place in Shule. I cannot help but think that he was smiling from above to see that, without anyone having to Clapp on the Bimah, the קהילה naturally assumed a proper level of decorum.

Author: pitputim

I'm a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia. I skylark as the band leader/singer for the Schnapps band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel.

3 thoughts on “שבת אחדות at the Yeshivah Centre”

  1. It indeed was a pleasure to daven in a packed shule on a Shabbos with the proper decorum. The atmosphere brought back memories of ten+ years ago before the setting up of separate minyanim/Chabad shules and to reiterate Rabbi Groner would havebeen proud and shepped nachas.
    It just goes to show what can be achieved with the right will and desire.

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  2. Seeing how successful and popular this single minyan was, maybe we can have it replicated several times a year and maybe even on certain Yomim Tovim?

    But for it to happen the push wouldhave to come from the tzibbur .

    A full Shul – with hardly any chattering going on – is a Kiddush Hashem and a wonderful example for our kids.

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  3. The idea of having a shabbos for miyanim to combine should be a part of a broader effort to bring together the various groups.
    As the Rebbe used to say before a yoma depagra- the hisvaadus should achieve a practical result that can be put inot effect on an ongoing and permanent basis.
    Perhpas this could be a project for the newly installed shule committee.
    It would be interesting to read other views.

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