Thousands Greet Hagaon HaRav Shaul Alter On Historic Visit To Los Angeles [VIDEOS & PHOTOS]


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On the heels of an inspiring visit to the tri-state region during which tens of thousands of people thronged to catch a glimpse of him, HaGaon HaRav Shaul Alter shlit”a embarked on a visit this week to the Los Angeles area, where he was once again greeted by the multitudes of people seeking chizuk, hadracha, and inspiration from the famed rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Pnei Menachem.

Fittingly, HaRav Chaim Boruch Runin, the rav of K’hal Eitz Chaim of Vizhnitz declared that the entire Los Angeles community should make the bracha “shechalak maychachmasoi l’yeraiav” and “shehecheyanu” upon seeing the world-renowned giant of Torah and avodah.

HaRav Baruch Gradon, a rosh kollel in Los Angeles’ Pico neighborhood, expressed the incredible privilege afforded to the yidden on the West Coast with Rav Shaul Alter’s visit, and HaRav Shlomo Klein referring to the revered rosh yeshiva as “sar hatorah,” a term reserved for the loftiest lomdei torah.

Over the course of his visit, HaRav Shaul shlit”a visited numerous shuls, batei midrashim, and yeshivos, leaving thousands – chassidim, litvish, and modern people alike – in awe of his greatness and inspired to pursue greater heights in their torah and avodah.

On Tuesday, HaRav Shaul was invited to the home of Rabbi Pinny Dunner in Beverly Hills, who described the visit of the cherished rosh yeshiva as monumental for his community.

“What is so unique about Rav Shaul is his ability to connect with yidden of every stripe and background,” Rabbi Dunner told YWN. “His incredible warmth and unparalleled devotion to avodas hashem and harbotzas torah have rightfully made him a leader not just of his own chassidim, but of the entire klal yisroel.”

The Rosh Yeshiva will remain in Los Angeles until Wednesday evening, and YWN will have another article with videos and photos of the remaining part of the historic visit. 

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  1. Thank you YWN. Beautiful videos and photos. Its easy to understand why so many Ger aligned with Rav Shaul following the split several years ago. Does Rav Yaakov still have any followers in the U.S. or is his remaining support limited to EY?

  2. Go to Boro Park, I believe that the vast majority of gerrer chasidim align with Rav Yankel Shlit”a. He is 20 years his senior, and the one who gave away the rabanus to the the Pnei Menachem who was only 12 years older than him.

  3. Actually the American Oilam is > 50% for the RY. And that is in the open. There are many more that align themselves with the RY and his Kehila but cannot do so publicly due to Gerrer terror. Aside from the direct fear, they are afraid that they will cause a split in the family by having their children go against their parents r”l.

  4. Los Angeles has a significant population of Gerrer chasidim. I’ve watched all of the videos and seen the photos and I’m surprised to see so few of the Gerrer chosids I know here in Los Angeles at any of the events.