RAV SHIMON BADANI, LEADING SEPHARDI POSEK, VISITS SHUVU BANIM
The Rav and the Gaon, Rav Shimon Badani, shlita, the spiritual leader of Shas, a member of Moetzet Chachmei HaTorah, and the head of the ‘Torah Ve Chaim’ kollel in Bnei Brak and a senior figure in the Torah world, visited the Shuvu Banim yeshiva in the Old City, on Wednesday night, May 3, 2017.
Rav Badani, shlita, came to give over a very special Torah lesson, and to strengthen the yeshiva. Before Rav Badani’s visit, Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita, gave over a recorded message where he requested all the members of the Shuvu Banim community to attend Rav Badani’s shiur.
Rav Berland said:
“After the passing of Rav Ovadia Yosef, ztl, Rav Badani is the Gadol HaDor (leader of the Torah world). He will be the Gadol HaDor until the coming of Moshiach Tzidkeynu, and he is from the soul root of Mordechai HaTzaddik.”
One of the organizers of Rav Badani’s visit, Rav Yaacov Ben Nisan, was asked why Rav Badani made the trip especially to the branch of the Shuvu Banim yeshiva located in the Old City, which is not so easy to get to.
Rav Ben Nisan replied: “Yes, it was really a case of mesirut Nefesh (self-sacrifice) for him, but Rav Badani really insisted on giving his Torah lesson in our yeshiva [in the Old City]. We offered Rav Badani the alternative of speaking at Ido Hanavi [near to Meah Shearim] instead, because that wouldn’t require so much exertion, but as I said, Rav Badani preferred to come to the yeshiva premises in the Old City.”
Speaking on the Breslev Information line, Rav Ben Nisan continued: “The whole way, when he was climbing the tens of steps that lead to the yeshiva, which requires a lot of mesirut nefesh for an older person, Rav Badani kept stressing the fact that he wanted to come and strengthen the Shuvu Banim community.
“Rav Badani said:
‘After all the persecution that you’ve endured, it was important to me to come and be with you.’”
Rav Ben Nisan continued: “The study hall in the yeshiva was packed, there was no empty seats. Hundreds of avreichim (students) came to show respect for the Torah, even though [Rav Badani’s] class was after the usual time scheduled for learning at the yeshiva. The class began with a Torah shiur (which you can hear, in the original Hebrew, by clicking on the video), where Rav Badani spoke about how we’re right at the end of the galut (exile).
“Rav Badani said: ‘We see clearly all the persecution that Am Yisrael is enduring,’ and he particularly emphasized the persecution that the Shuvu Banim community has experienced. Rav Badani then continued: ‘Strengthen yourselves, everyone, and take upon yourselves more good deeds, for the benefit of your Rabbi [Rav Eliezer Berland, shlita].’
“Rav Badani then told us: ‘On a few different occasions, the people persecuting Rav Berland came to me, and tried to drive me insane, so that I would turn against Rav Berland, shlita. But I told them firmly that I wasn’t prepared to accept their lashon hara (evil speech). [I told them] ‘You aren’t acting according to Torah law! This is not the way! Rav Berland is an enormous soul, and there is a proper way to deal with your complaints!’
“Rav Badani continued: ‘You should know that you shouldn’t become confused from anything that the persecutors are saying. All their words are vanity and stupidity. Hold on, and strengthen yourselves!’”
Rav Ben Nisan continued: “Afterwards, Rav Badani asked the community to join with him in reciting a few chapters of tehillim, for the success and recovery of Rav Berland, and then blessed us that the Rav should return soon to oversee his community, and to draw closer more students and more baalei teshuva (people who return to religious observance).
“At the end, Rav Badani said: ‘Mi she berach Rav Berland, shlita,…’. It’s important to underline the whole visit was Rav Badani’s idea, shlita, who told one of the avreichim from the community who came to him that he wanted to visit Shuvu Banim,” concludes Rav Ben Nisan.
YOU CAN HEAR RAV BADANI’S WORDS FOR YOURSELF (in Hebrew), BY CLICKING THE VIDEOS BELOW:
To hear the full interview (in Hebrew) with Rav Ben Nisan, click HERE.