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A double Hachnasas Sefer Torah celebration, recently held at Shaarei Torah of Los Angeles, began with the kesivas osios at the home of Regina Rechnitz, the Rechnitz family matriarch. The writing of the final letters was followed by a large procession through the streets of Los Angeles to the Shaarei Torah shul, home of the new Sifrei Torah.

(L-R) Yisroel Zev Rechnitz, Rav Yaakov Rechnitz and Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz leading the Torah procession through the streets of Los Angeles.
(Photo credit: Arye D. Gordon)

The two Torahs were dedicated in memory of Reb Yitzchok Tzvi Rechnitz, z”l, and Reb Chaim Moshe Lapidus, z”l, the grandparents of the Rechnitz brothers, Shlomo Yehuda and Yisroel Zev.


Talmidim from Yeshiva Rav Isacsohn carried lit torches during the procession, and were accompanied by the music of Avraham Fried and the Shira Choir and Orchestra. Following the placing of the Torahs in the aron, Rabbi Nechamia Langer, Shaarei Torah’s rav, delivered divrei hisorirus. In his remarks at a post-Hachnasas Sefer Torah seudah, Rabbi Langer said, “It was a beautiful, well-planned simcha, highlighted by the tremendous outpouring of simchas haTorah by the olam.”