Hamodia - Pesach 5768 (4-2008)

Pesach 5758

More than Sixty Avreichim in the Kollel Chatzos of Beitar Illit
Preparations Towards Kimche D'pishcah (Maos Chittim) Compaign

In Eretz Yisrael, in the hills of Beitar Illit there is a midnight kollel, where sixty tzaddikim awaken at midnight to study Torah until the morning. The voice of Torah is strongly heard in the beis medresh throughout the second half of the night; the most auspicious time for Torah. The kollel, which opened its doors eight years ago by Harav Yehoshua Meir Deutsch Shlita, has doubled its size this year, and now there are sixty tzaddikim, from the choicest men of Eretz Yisrael, studying in the kollel. The members of the kollel continually pray for the welfare of their supporters, and they learn Torah in their merit. The names of the supporters with their families are inscribed in the 'Kvittel of the Kollel' which is said once a week by the Kosel HaMaravi, and once a month in Miron by the Kever of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.

As the holiday of Pesach is approaching, Harav Deutsch has started his Maos Chittim Campaign, to offer each family of the kollel $700 before Pesach, so that they can buy their groceries for the holiday with ease and happiness.

The Zohar teaches that those who study Torah after midnight have the ability to annul harsh decrees. Indeed, many supporters of the Kollel Chatzos have experienced great yeshuous in the merit of their support to the kollel chatzos. Last year a religious man from New York was sent to prison. Although he was truly innocent, the case was complicated and confusing for the jury, and he was sent to jail. The activists who were trying to help him didn’t see any hope for his redemption. Rabbi Deutsch said to someone from his family; 'I need matzos for my students in the Kollel Chatzos. If you donate matzos for the Kollel, I am sure, that in the merit of the holiday of freedom, your relative will be saved from jail.'

The matzos were distributed to the students on the second day of Nissan. On the very same day, only a few hours later, the court changed its verdict, and told the convicted that he can go home, and he was freed. 'I don’t even know why you are here in the first place' the judge said.

A very special donor of the kollel was inspired by this wonderful story and decided to donate Matzos this year for the refuah sheleimah of one of the members of his family. He undertook the full cost of 230 kg of matzos.

It is written in our holy sefarim the great importance and significance of giving charity to Torah scholars before the holidays. The recipients are considered the guests of honor of their generous donors during the holiday. Fortunate are all those who take part in this Maos Chittim Campaign, to support the poor families of the scholars, who dedicate their days and nights to learning Torah.

Every night, before the avreichim begin their studies, they pray for the success of the sponsor of the night or for the sponsor of the week. A night in the kollel costs $480. A week costs $2,600. There are members of the kollel who have a Yissachor Zevulan agreement. They daven every night before their studies for the success and wellbeing of their partner; their patron, who enables them the privilege to learn Torah at the special hours of chatzos. The members of the kollel are supported with a modest stipend of $600 per month.

The Kollel has not yet found a proper, comfortable place to study. Over the eight years of the kollel, the kollel moved from place to place, and presently they are in a very cramped beis medresh, without enough room for all the avreichim. Baruch Hashem, the city of Beitar donated a plot of land for the Kollel, and the Kollel is now waiting for the fortunate donor who will build the building. The beis medresh will resonate with Torah 24 hours a day, and will have various activities and shuirim for the benefit of the entire surrounding area. The name the donor chooses for the building will be consecrated for eternality on the beis medresh, or on a wing of the beis medresh, or the mikveh, according to the donors request and abilities.