Holon Chief Rabbi Avraham Yosef addresses
the event. He is flanked by (L.)
Yad L'Achim chairman Harav Yisrael Lifschitz
and Harav Pinchas Besser
Hagaon Harav Eliyahu Yochanan Gur Aryeh delivers remarks at the Sheloshim
Chief Rabbi: "There has never been a moser nefesh like Harav Lifschitz and the Yad L'Achim organization he headed."
Hundreds of Holon residents gathered last week to attend a siyum on Maseches Pesachim held in honor of the Sheloshim of Yad L'Achim's founder, Hagaon Harav Shalom Dov Lifschitz, zt"l. The event was held at the city's Yad L'Achim beis medrash, which draws large crowds of newcomers and veterans to a wide array of Torah classes, including the Gemara shiur that completed Pesachim.
Addressing the gathering, the chief rabbi of Holon, Hagaon Harav Avraham Yosef, drew a direct comparison between Avraham Avinu and Harav Lifschitz. "Just as Avraham Avinu ran and dedicated his entire life for the sake of other Jews, so too did Harav Lifschitz, zt"l," he said. Relating to Rav Lifschitz's efforts on behalf of the city, including running a campaign that led to the closure of a missionary center, Rav Yosef said, "there has never been a moser nefesh like Harav Lifschitz and the Yad L'Achim organization he headed."
Hagaon Harav Eliyahu Yochanan Gur-Aryeh said that "all of his life Harav Lifschitz provided a shining example, as he stood at the front line in the battles of faithful Judaism in the holy land." Harav Gur-Aryeh called on the public to continue to strengthen Yad L'Achim which is leading the effort to save Jews from assimilation and intermarriage.
Hagaon Harav Pinchas Besser, who for the past 15 years has delivered the gemara shiur at Yad L'Achim's Holon beis medrash, spoke of the 60 years during which Harav Lifschitz headed Yad L'Achim, saying that he had "put aside all of his personal interests and dedicated himself totally to saving Jews."
The evening was brought to a close by Harav Yisrael Lifschitz, Rav Lifschitz's son and successor, who delivered a scholarly discourse on Maseches Pesachim and spoke movingly of the obligation to take responsibility for fellow Jews, as his father had done throughout his life.
"My father never gave up on any Jew, no matter how desperate the circumstances," he said. "That abiding sense of areivus, concern and connection to fellow Jews, is his legacy to us. We are determined to follow in his ways."