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The Community Kollel of Sandy Springs

Kollel Ner Hamizrach and Kehilla open new kollel in Sandy Springs Georgia

With great enthusiasm and excitement, Kollel Ner Hamizrach and Kehilla of Sandy Springs joined together to launch the Community Kollel of Sandy Springs this past Sunday evening, November 15. Friends and supporters of both organizations came to celebrate the joint project. The Kollel begins with two nights a week of learning and aims to increase to a full day program.

Guests were welcomed by the Kehillas President, Dr. Malcolm Joel, who underscored the importance of opening a Makom Torah, and the primacy of Torah study in a person’s life.

He was followed by Kollel Ner Hamizrach’s Rabbi Abi Nadoff who talked about the great opportunity for spiritual growth that is now available to Kehilla members. Chavruta-style learning and small group shiurim (classes) will engage participants in the study of Gemorah, Chumash and Halacha. Rabbi Nadoff worked closely with Mr. Cliff Tager on this project over the last year preparing for this auspicious occasion.

Kollel Ner Hamizrach’s executive director Rabbi Dovid Kapenstein told a story of Eliyahu Hanovi (the prophet Elijah) who met a fisherman. Eliyahu asked the fisherman why he did not spend time learning Torah each day. The fisherman explained that he did not have the intellectual capacity for Torah learning. Eliyahu pointed out to him that if he understands the complex and detailed process of creating fishing nets and catching fish, then learning Torah is well within his ability to achieve. Rabbi Kapenstein implored the attendees to “heed the lesson from Eliyahu and regardless of your Torah learning background, participate in the new kollel.”

Kollel Ner Hamizrach’s Rabbi Heshy Brody, described how Yaakov avinu spent fourteen years learning in the Beis Medrash of Shaim and Aver. Yaakov understood that in order to protect himself from the influences of Lavan he needed the great merit of Torah learning. “We need to comprehend just how greatly learning Torah impacts on our daily lives,” commented Rabbi Brody. “Taking an opportunity to learn whenever we can, even at the end of a long work day, is precious in the eyes of Hashem,” noted Rabbi Brody.

Rabbi Karmi Ingber, the Rav of the Kehilla of Sandy Springs, dynamically explained that every person has already studied the entirety of Torah as every Jewish child learns Torah in-vitreo. “Hashem has a malach (angel) teach us the entire Torah when we are still in the womb so that it will ring true to us when we learn it again at a later age.” Thus, when we lean Torah we are in essence actually recovering the Torah that was already taught to us.

The Community Kollel of Sandy Springs is the third community kollel in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area which is affiliated with Kollel Ner Hamizrach. Many months of planning on the part of the aforementioned Rabbonim, as well as the tireless efforts of the Rosh Kollel of Ner Hamizrach, Rabbi Eliezer Cohen, brought this initiative to fruition. Rabbi Cohen and Rabbi Ingber, will move the project forward to its intended goal, Bezrat Hashem.

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