Last Thursday, the residents of downtown Netanya attended a hachnosas sefer Torah at the Chabad shul in the city center, which was the first Chabad shul to be built in the city.
The sefer Torah was donated by the Sharabi family in memory of their late son. The final letters were written in the presence of various Rabbis and public figures at the home of the family. Afterwards, the sefer Torah was carried in a triumphant procession, with much dancing and singing, to the shul.
It was very moving to see hundreds of people dancing and celebrating such a special mitzvah. Among them were Rabbi Menachem Wolpo, head shliach in Netanya, Rabbi Yisrael Elfenbein of the Smilensky Chabad shul, and Rabbi Tzvi Wilhelm, Rav of the Chabad shul in north Netanya. The emcee was Rabbi Nochum Goldschmidt, shliach in north Netanya.
When the parade reached the shul, there was lively dancing, with the encouragement of the staff and students of the local Chabad yeshiva.
Everyone then sat down to a seudas mitzvah, organized by gabbai Rabbi Dovid Massas. Of course, everyone remembered the late Rav of the shul, Rabbi Nesanel Dreyfus, who passed away nine months ago and had always wanted to bring a third sefer Torah into the shul.
The meal was followed by lively dancing and a farbrengen that went on until very late at night.
(SOURCE & PHOTOS: COL.ORG.IL)