Rabbi Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt’l


Two years have passed since the petirah of Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt’l, the founder of the Jewish community in the Five Towns. To commemorate his second yahrzeit, Yeshiva of South Shore, the yeshiva which he founded in 1956, will be holding a special Yom Iyun on Sunday morning, Rosh Chodesh Iyar, May 5.

The program for the Yom Iyun will begin with Rosh Chodesh Shacharis at 8 a.m. in the yeshiva at 1170 William St. in Hewlett, followed by a lavish breakfast buffet where Rav Yitzchok Knobel, son-in-law of Rav Kamenetzky, and founding rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Gedola of the Five Towns, will address the participants.

Rav Knobel lived in the Five Towns for over 30 years where he was a powerful force in the transformation of the community. As a rosh yeshiva whose reach nurtured hundreds of talmidim from youngsters at Yeshiva of South Shore, to Mesivta Ateres Yaakov, and in Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns, Rabbi Knobel’s impact continues to resonate in the community, even after his recent move to Lakewood, New Jersey.

After breakfast, Rabbi Aryeh Lebowitz, an alumnus of Yeshiva of South Shore, will deliver a shiur on the topic of “Sefiras Ha’omer and the Power of Mitzvos D’Rabanan.” Rabbi Lebowitz, a talmid of Rav Binyamin from his days at Yeshiva Toras Chaim, is an accomplished talmid chacham and rav of Beis Haknesses of North Woodmere. He is also a maggid shiur in Beis Medrash L’Talmud in Queens and engages hundreds though his online shiurim on YU Torah Online and OU Torah.

Rav Sholom Kamenetsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva of Philadelphia and a nephew of Rav Binyamin, will deliver the keynote address. Rav Sholom is known throughout the world for his brilliant lectures and inspirational content. He will speak on the topic of “Rebbe Akiva and his talmidim: our rebbeim and us; The paradigm of kabalas haTorah.”

Rav Binyamin came to this community over 60 years ago with the blessings of his father, HaGaon Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky, zt’l, and with hard work and siyata dishmaya, he succeeded in building Yeshiva of South Shore, the first all-boys yeshiva on Long Island, as well as many shuls and community organizations. For over 60 years, he nurtured and built the Five Towns with his warmth, determination, and commitment to the community we have today.

Rav Kamenetzky left a legacy of Torah and inspiration in the Five Towns and beyond, spanning the entire spectrum of the Jewish community.

As we are in the beginning of the days of sefirah and count up to kabbalas haTorah, what can be a better way to spend part of a Sunday morning? Come join parents, alumni, and community members, who will be inspired by the legacy of Rav Kamenetzky, zt’l, through Torah learning, as we begin counting the days of sefirah towards the chag of Mattan Torah!

Dedication opportunities are available. For more information, please visit YOSS.org/YomIyun.


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