On Sunday evening, noted philanthropist R’ Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles addressed a dinner in London to benefit Yeshivas Mir Yerushalayim.
A pin drop could be heard throughout the riveting speech, delivered with eloquence and passion. R’ Shlomo Yehuda shed light on the disturbing issue of children struggling to gain acceptance into schools in our kehillos, a problem that is prevalent in London, as well. His penetrating message was well-received by the overflow crowd of some 1,500 guests, double the usual attendance at the Mir London dinner.
The dais was graced by leading British rabbonim, who welcomed the hanhalah of Mir Yerushalayim, led by the rosh yeshiva, Rav Eliezer Yehuda Finkel.
R’ Shlomo Yehuda also challenged the London audience to increase their giving of tzedakah, quoting the teaching of “Aseir bishvil shetis’asheir. Give maaser, give tzedakah, so that you’ll become rich,” in a powerful message that resonated with his listeners.
R’ Shlomo Yehuda’s poignant remarks, which you can watch below in their entirety, hit the spot, as 70% of the dinner guests – even those who had previously contributed – gave or pledged additional donations after the speech.