HISTORIC: 25,000+ Pack Wells Fargo Center To Celebrate And Honor Adirei Hatorah [VIDEOS & PHOTOS]


More than 25,000 Lomdei and Tomchei Torah streamed to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday to participate in a historic Maamad Hatorah and Kiddush Shem Shamayim.

The event, the second from the monumental Adirei Hatorah initiative spearheaded by philanthropist R’ Lazer Scheiner, was attended by numerous Rabbanim and Roshei Yeshiva, including Rav Dov Landau shlit”a and Rav Meir Tzvi Bergman shlit”a, who received a psak allowing him to attend despite the petirah of his, R’ Ezriel zt”l, this past Thursday.

At the request of the Lakewood Roshei Yeshiva, a live stream was not provided.

Full video of the event with thousands of photos will be published by YWN on Monday – thanks to more than 10 YWN photographers stationed around the arena.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)


  1. In no way am I belittling c”v this maamud nisgov by not attending but I just wanted to spend a good part of the day learning Torah instead and that’s what I did, but I very much wanted to feel a part of it and so thank you for these amazing clips. I haven’t watched them yet but I intend to. So thank you again Yeshiva World for your great coverage..

  2. So very nice. Sorry for my ignorance, what was the end game? What was the goal? What did we learn from this gathering that we did not know before? Can someone please enlighten me?

  3. The goal was to provide people with enough words of encouragement to help fight off the words of leitzanus the likes of which were presented in some of the above posts.

  4. @ahronchoviv –
    The purpose of this event was to show all the naysayers throughout the word, who have been knocking bnei Torah at any level and on any platform, that in the final moments before Moshiach comes, you choose the right camp to associate yourself with.
    I have been around the block a few times over the past 30 years, and have heard tons of negativity towards bnei Torah and Lakewood etc. But the chicken has come to roost. Hashem is now showing us that all fancy degrees from college and universities and all corporate charity to all sorts of “Jewish” and religious causes and institutions, and forms of Judaic intellect does not hold a candle to the power of $25,000 plus bnei Torah and a world who support them and believes in them.
    This should be your wakeup call that when you have the opportunity – write a check to support Torah, open a gemara, start learning, spread the word, and be zoche to kol tuv in the coming days of moshiach.

    That’s the end goal.


  5. @ahronahronchoviv – The mesirus nefesh of the lomdei Torah and of their wives and families who support them is not always fully appreciated. Of the thousands who enter the hallowed study halls of BMG and many other like institutions throughout the world, how many end up, themselves, spreading Torah to a tzibbur in the form of shiurim, chabburos, or by leading a kehillah? This can understandably lead to feelings of inadequacy on the part of the learner, those who support them, and the member s of his family.

    Events such as these, remind them and the greater public, to what extent we hold these individuals in high esteem. It is the learning which supports the world, not necessarily the shiur or Shabbos derashah. ALL learning deserves recognition – Daf HaYomi, Amud Yomi, Orayasa, Dirshu, Mishnah Yomis, Halachah Yomis, etc. But the learning of the Torah umnaso Yidden is not often recognized. That is the reason and the goal of this event.

  6. Regular guy: I don’t think I agree with your assessment of the end goal of the event. I think Mikee said it much better.

    One question you may ask yourself is if the negativity toward bnei Torah and Lakewood was directed at the fact that bnei Torah and residents of Lakewood learn Torah (and hence a knock at the Torah itself) or was it directed at how they could do better. The latter may be justified and is worthy of discussion.

  7. It’s to raise enthusiasm around those who sit and learn by giving them recognition – after all, everyone, no matter how much they believe in what they’re doing, needs to be acknowledged and encouraged from time to time. This is particularly true in light of the day-to-day challenges they face due to their chosen lifestyle, whether with respect to income, children, or anything else.

    an Israeli Yid

  8. we cannot allow people to denigrate Torah, yungerleit and more importantly we must show chashivus to those who support it.

  9. such bitul torah! would r shach or r aharon kotler approve 25000 yidden who learn torah non stop, to travel hours and listen to drashas and music, just for kavod and money? blame it on kavod hatorah! feh! r aharon didint even allow concerts in lakewood!