Givat Ze’ev Sells 67 Apartments In Two-Day Sale
Ramat Givat Ze’ev, designed and built specifically for the U.S. emigrant community, attracts crowds seeking an apartment in Jerusalem with perfect and exclusive integration conditions. Unprecedented demand for apartments was recorded in the special sale event that was hosted by Nofei Israel in the United States–in just two days, a record 67 apartments in the unique project Ramat Givat Ze’ev were sold.
Increasing demand for the Ramat Givat Ze’ev neighborhood comes from many requests from American residents who wish to learn about the construction plans and the special community, following the announcement of building the Ziv Hatorah Yeshiva with Rabbi Shmuel Brazil’s leadership.
Anticipation for the special event in Monsey and Five Towns encompassed many communities; on the event day, the halls were packed with people, who enjoyed Nofei Israel’s best and advanced marketing tools.
The project developers did everything to explain the perfect integration benefits in their new home, with emphasis on building a homogeneous and warm community with many of the finest educational institutions that match the mentality of the residents. They also plan on providing an upscale living environment, green parks, and commercial centers. The neighborhood is located northward of Jerusalem and incorporates a relaxed rural setting with a spectacular view of the mountains and the clear air, but enjoys proximity to all major Torah centers such as Yeshivat Mir and the Kotel. Rabbi Shmuel Brazil’s, shlita, leadership of the soon to be built Ziv Hatorah Yeshiva is welcomed as he is known for his open and pleasant approach.
In light of Ramat Givat Ze’ev’s special and rare concept, more than 180 units of 400 units in the project were sold, with over 65 units sold last week during the special sale. During the event, the company first opened to market apartments in shared buildings and also reported that there are only a few lots left to build houses in the neighborhood.
Beyond the company flagship project, Ramat Givat Ze’ev, additional projects are ready to be presented, including the Sari Israel project, located next to the Romema neighborhood in Jerusalem, the luxury project Jerusalem view in Beit Vegan, and others. v
Dirshu’s Majestic Kinnus In Honor Of Torah
By Shimmy Blum
A ray of hope for the Torah world was seen far and wide on Sunday, as thousands of Yidden throughout Eretz Yisrael, North America, Europe, and beyond took part in the majestic Kinnus Ha’Adir Lichvod Lomdei Torah at Binyanei Ha’uma in Yerushalayim.
The threat looming over bnei Torah in Eretz Yisrael needs no elaboration, but the kinnus was permeated by achdus, resolve, and a genuine appreciation of the beauty of Torah and those who learn it. The large dais was graced by the senior gedolim of all community sectors in Eretz Yisrael, a reflection of the diverse thousands of bnei Torah that filled the hall or partook in the event at one of the dozens of satellite locations around the world.
Majestic optics and a large professional band and choir enriched the program and its spirit, but nothing impressed as much as the spiritual electricity in the air. The kinnus was organized by the Dirshu organization and featured a siyum on Maseches Eiruvin and a tribute to Maran HaGaon HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt’l, in honor of his yahrzeit.
Rav Asher Weiss, shlita, concluded Maseches Eiruvin with heartfelt words of appreciation for all the work that Dirshu does in order to enhance the quantity, quality, and spirit of bnei Torah. He also spoke about the “nefesh”–the soul–that Torah has, which can connect to each Yid, and spoke of how Rav Elyashiv’s life served as the quintessential lesson in building a relationship with Torah. The gadol ha’dor’s sons, Rav Moshe, shlita, and Rav Binyomin Elyashiv, shlita, recited Kaddish and commenced the learning of Maseches Pesachim, respectively.
With his signature originality and insight, Rav Dovid Hofstedter, founder and nasi of Dirshu, tied the concept of eiruvin with the situation in Eretz Yisrael today. He observed that eiruvin is a somewhat contradictory concept, beginning with a prohibition for neighbors to carry to each other’s properties, followed by the ability to unite them through an eiruv and permit carrying. He explained that true peace and achdus can only be achieved once clear boundaries have been implemented.
Rav Hofstedter then tackled the situation, where the cherished Torah lifestyle of lomdei Torah is being attacked by those who seek to blur the lines of society. Much focus has been placed on defeating those on the attack, but he then urged introspection: “Perhaps we should look at ourselves and ask whether we were perhaps lacking the proper respect for Torah.”
Following these words, a special letter from Rav Gershon Edelstein, shlita, rosh yeshivas Ponovezh, in honor of the gathering was read, where he extolled attendees to strengthen their Torah learning.
All eyes were trained on the dais as Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman, shlita, Rav Shmuel Auerbach, shlita, and other senior gedolim arrived and took their seats, to thunderous applause, song, and music.
Rav Shalom Cohen, shlita, rosh yeshivas Porat Yosef and one of the most prominent Sephardic gedolim, then took to the podium and discussed the lofty level that a Yid reaches when he maximizes his toil in Torah. “Hashem doesn’t count dafim; he counts hours,” Rav Cohen exclaimed.
Rav Auerbach addressed the crowd and spoke about our work during the current period of mourning over the Beis HaMikdash and how chizuk in Torah and tefillah helps bring us closer to Hashem and the third Beis Hamikdash. “We should focus on the penimi’us of this gathering, which is a chizuk for maintaining the Torah as well as in bein adam l’chaveiro,” he remarked.
The Sanz Klausenburger Rebbe of Netanya, shlita, discussed the rare stringency of bedikas chametz and bi’ur chametz, where every morsel of chametz must be destroyed by fire. He explained that this is because chametz symbolizes the yetzer ha’ra; negative forces must be destroyed without compromise, and the fire of Torah is the only way to accomplish that. “Every bit of Torah that is learned by each individual is a fire in Shamayim,” he summed up.
Rav Aryeh Finkel, shlita, rosh yeshivas Mir-Brachfeld, was visibly emotional as he discussed the need for Klal Yisrael to transform the curses, R’l, we’re now facing into berachos. Rav Finkel expounded upon how Bilam abandoned his desire to curse once he realized the holiness and tzniyus of the Jewish lifestyle. The rosh yeshiva spoke of how the modern-day culture and its technological tools have the ability to erode our traditional holiness. “Distance yourselves from the filth,” he cried out, “and the berachah will automatically follow.”
Loud singing of the words of “Od yenuvun beseva . . .” was heard throughout the crowd as Rav Shteinman delivered his perspectives on our obligations in light of the realities. Rav Shteinman noted that one cannot perform material needs, such as eating and drinking, on behalf of another person. Nor can one be yotzei a mitzvah with a physical requirement, such as wearing tefillin, by the actions of another person.
On the other hand, Rav Shteinman explained that Torah has a unique quality where one Yid directly affects the other. It is a communal responsibility and a supporter of Torah has a great share in all that is learned by the person he supports. “Without Torah, chas v’shalom, there is no kiyum to Klal Yisrael, or the world,” Rav Shteinman exclaimed.
A letter written by the Viznitzer Rebbe, shlita, where he urged the growth of Torah learning, was then read aloud. Rav Azriel Auerbach, shlita, son-in-law of Rav Elyashiv, concluded the event by remembering his father-in-law’s greatness and how his life’s mission of learning Torah with joy can be made into a top goal for the future.
More than just the historic rich program in Eretz Yisrael, the crowds at satellite locations in major North American communities were inspired by prominent live local speakers. The event in Lakewood had the merit of hearing from the rosh yeshiva, Rav Malkiel Kotler, shlita, who expounded on the positive effect that Torah learning has on a Yid’s character, and how starkly that differs from the negative character found amongst those engrossed in other chochmos. “We know that universities are filled with depravity,” he exclaimed. “In Eretz Yisrael, they’re looking to force lomdei Torah to slowly move out of the beis midrash, into the army and universities.”
Rav Kotler concluded with a berachah that the chizuk derived from all the Torah that has been learned should help Klal Yisrael overcome these negative efforts.
Note: Additional comprehensive coverage of this enormous event will, iy’H, be featured in an upcoming issue. v