Rabbi Braun awards money to Rabbi Mazoor

Benyamin Mazoor moved to Bet Shemesh close to five years ago from a secular area in Israel so that his children can have an Orthodox education. Under no circumstance was he able to find a school suitable for his children due to their Sephardic background. After searching for a proper solution, he was introduced to the distinguished tzaddik and well-known spiritual community leader, HaGaon Rabbi Chaim Fogel, shlita. Rabbi Fogel remembers and admires the love and concern that the first Grand Rabbi Yoel of Satmar, ob’m, had for our Sephardic and Yemenite brothers and sisters. He told Mr. Mazoor that his only choice is to create a new yeshiva for Sephardic children in Bet Shemesh, and that he is prepared to help him to make it a reality.

Within a year, Talmud Torah Toras Chaim was established. The only ultra-Orthodox Sephardic school in Bet Shemesh and surrounding areas accommodates 70 students in six classrooms with a policy that “No Child Will Ever Be Left Behind.” This past year, Mazoor also founded the first Orthodox Sephardic girls’ school with 30 students. A year ago, Rabbi Shlomo Braun, who has succeeded in assisting many organizations and individuals in the past 50 years, learned about the uniqueness of this school from some friends in Brooklyn and decided that on his next trip to Israel he will visit the yeshiva.

During the last Chanukah season, Rabbi Braun appeared unannounced to the yeshiva, and Benyomin Mazoor gave him an impressive tour and invited Rabbi Braun to interview and test the children’s knowledge. Rabbi Braun, having visited many educational institutions in his lifetime, was pleasantly surprised and considerably amazed at their behavior, self-confidence, and, above all, how much these children have absorbed the knowledge, respect, and admiration of their Torah teachings.

Mr. Mazoor later shared with Rabbi Braun that the driver who transports ten children from an area where there is no Orthodox education has not been paid for over a year, due to the severe financial burden on the yeshiva and the poverty level of the parents. The driver gave an ultimatum that if he doesn’t receive the funds owed to him soon, he will have no alternative but to cease transportation services for these children — which would leave them uneducated. All other children of this school live in walking distance and have no need for transportation.

Mazoor also mentioned to Rabbi Braun that the small house on Rechov Sinai 30/B in Bet Shemesh where the current yeshiva has been for the past four years is unable to accommodate additional children because there is no room. The school has an opportunity to purchase the adjacent house but needs a minimum of $100,000 for a down payment.

The first request, about transportation, Rabbi Braun accommodated by bringing on Purim several thousand dollars in cash to pay out the entire balance owed to the driver. As Rabbi Braun presented him with the unexpected amount of money, Mazoor stated, “It is extremely difficult to convince tourists from the U.S. to pay a visit to this outstanding school.” He is certain that Rabbi Braun was a messenger sent by the One and Only G-d, and therefore came to visit the school earlier this year and returned again with the generous gift that he raised in Boro Park in the main Satmar Congregation on 53rd Street.

Mr. Mazoor thanked Hashem for his unusual success in the past four years and prayed to G-d that he be blessed with a few additional friends like Rabbi Braun.

The second request is being addressed. Everyone’s help is desperately needed. For additional information, please call 0533122354 or email Benyamin Mazoor at mmm96362@gmail.com.

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