By the Grace of G‑d
15th of Iyar, 5728
[May 13, 1968]
Brooklyn, N.Y.

To All Participants in the Dedication of the
New Edifice of B’nei Ruven Nusach Ari Chicago

Greeting and Blessing:

I am pleased to be informed of the forthcoming dedication of your new synagogue building.

True to its traditions for the better part of a century, your synagogue will surely continue to serve not only as a House of Prayer, but also as a House of Learning, inspiring both devotional prayer and Torah study, the kind of prayer and study that strengthen adherence to the Torah-true Jewish way of life in the daily life.

Our Sages of blessed memory said, “kol hakove’a makom l’tfiloso, elokei avrohom b’ezro”—“Whoever establishes a place for his prayers, the G‑d of Avraham comes to his aid” (Berochos 6b). Although the deeper meaning of this “establishment” refers also to the spiritual dimension of prayer, the plain and Halachic meaning of the words is the actual establishment of a proper synagogue, conducive to sincere devotion in the regular daily prayers.

Moreover, where the Beit HaKenesset is also a Beit HaMidrash, that is to say, when the House of prayer is also a House of regular Torah and Halacha study, it has the added dimension of what our Sages describe as “Sheorim Hametzuyonim B’Halacha”—“Gates distinguished in Jewish Law” (Berochos 8a), and further comes under another saying of our Sages, to wit: “kol hakove’a mokom l’toroso oivov noflim tachtov”—“Whoever establishes a place for his Torah study, his enemies fall before him” (Berochos 7b, Rif version)—something so urgently needed at this time when our people are surrounded by so many enemies.

May G‑d grant that your congregation continue to flourish and serve as a citadel of Torah and Yiras Shomayim in the fullest sense of the words of our Sages quoted above. And may G‑d fulfill the prayers and petitions of His people, Israel, as well as those of each and every one individually, culminating in the fulfillment of our most fervent prayer for the coming of Moshiach, bringing the end of our Golus, when “our people shall be troubled no more” (ibid.).

To your distinguished Rabbi, esteemed Honorary Officers, congregants and friends, I extend sincere felicitations and prayerful wishes to go from strength to strength in advancing the dissemination and practice of Torah and Mitzvos in the daily life, within your midst as well as in the community at large.

With esteem and blessing for Hatzlocho,