The Lemaan Achai Kollel (Men’s Learning Program) is a framework for training community rabbis, along with the development of community programs in Modiin, operating Torah centers, delivering Torah lectures and courses, and arranging youth programs and general social activities.
The Kollel operates a rabbinical training institute with in-depth, yeshiva-style studying. The Kollel is headed by the director of the institutions, Rabbi Shmuel Gabai, well-noted for his vast Torah knowledge and wise counsel. The Kollel comprises 100 members, all young married men, graduates of mainstream yeshivahs who are completing their training as community rabbis. The results of their studies is showered directly back onto the communities as they operate vibrant Torah centers in places which request this sort of facility, deliver lectures, direct youth programs, support residents in times of need and more – all for no compensation or profit.For more information and to register
The Kollel serves as an institute for training community rabbis. The energetic young men bring a youthful, innovative perspective along with them into their job. At the institute, they receive the tools and the information they need and gain experience in all religious aspects which may arise in a Jewish community, learning how to provide a proper response to each.
Just as doctors must undergo ongoing training in their fields and constantly keep up to date about medical discoveries, the same is true for rabbinical students. There is no substitute for quality Torah study, ongoing education, deepening one's knowledge in various Torah subjects and clarifying hot topics with halachic relevance to improve a community rabbi's abilities and skill. At the Kollel, these studies constitute an inherent part of the rabbinical training and hands-on activities.
The community rabbis/Kollel students operate 15 vibrant Torah centers in the various synagogues in Modiin, arranging lectures on various topics of traditional Judaism and providing a steadfast response to all religious needs of the community.
The community rabbis/Kollel students deliver an ongoing array of lectures in Torah, mussar and halacha and other themes of Jewish tradition. The lectures are offered on a daily or weekly basis in the Torah centers spread throughout Modiin. In addition, the rabbis pair "chavrutot" (learning partners) for shared learning to those who are interested and operate study programs titled "Avot Uvanm" in which fathers learn Jewish tradition with their sons in a unique, warm atmosphere.
Many families search for a rabbinical guide to prepare their son for his Bar Mitzvah. The young community rabbis, with their contemporary approach, are especially suitable for this task and provide this service gladly for anyone who so wishes. The Bar Mitzvah preparation emphasizes the aliyah laTorah and how to put on the tefillin –both traditional customs that have been lovingly preserved in many Israeli families.
Jewish marriage proves itself time and again. The community rabbis deliver lectures and personal guidance on Jewish marriage from a modern perspective. Service is offered both to young couples seeking to get married, as well as to older couples who would like to enhance their marriage through adherence to halacha.
During difficult moments of loss, when mourners are at a loss as to what to do and where to turn, the community rabbis offer guidance on levayah and burial according to Jewish tradition, assist in assembling "minyanim" (the required group of ten men) for saying the "Kaddish" prayer at the home of the mourner, and officiate Jewish memorial services in the cemetery.
"Lemaan Achai" operates a special facility which produces written materials, brochures and information packets explaining the concepts of each Jewish holiday from a modern perspective, along with practical guidance to the various customs. The booklets are written by professionals in the field and include information about Torah, mussar and halacha lectures taking place in the various Torah centers in Modiin for the benefit of the residents.
The community rabbis/Kollel students assist in procuring Judaica items or checking mezuzot and tefillin for damage. In addition, they officiate dedication and mezuzah-placing ceremonies and offer guidance on converting a kitchen into a kosher one. These Jewish traditions have been preserved as a basic part of Jewish culture, and many Israelis adhere to them, including some who are not otherwise religious. These people are constantly searching for guidance and assistance with these topics.
There are some Jewish customs that have been preserved as a basic part of the culture, and many Israelis who are otherwise far from religious still search for information or assistance when the need arises. The community rabbis are especially trained for this by the Kollel so that they can man the Torah centers and provide a response to anything related to religion.Rabbi Gabbai, director of Lemaan Achai
I used to have to drive over half an hour to participate in a Torah lecture. Nowadays there is a full variety of lectures in our own synagogue, two minutes away from my home.Yitzchak Spiegler, Modiin resident
Combining in-depth Torah study with communal activity gives me an incredible sense of fulfillment and joy.Aharon Berger, Kollel student
The institute trains young community rabbis who enhance the communities in Modiin and who are active in a variety of areas for the benefit of the greater community. Their wonderful work is evident in every aspect.Beit Medrash and Rabbinical Training Institute
Lemaan Achai operates various communal, educational and social services
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